Many of us want to make a remembrance for a family member that is not a quilt. There are really unlimited possibilities to do this.  I thought I would give you some examples to get your ideas flowing.

Pillows are an easy way to share memories with someone special.  They can be any size or shape such as square, rectangle, round, or heart shaped.  They can be single sided or two sided and use t-shirts, polo shirts, or dress shirts.  You can also applique children’s clothes, dance costumes, etc., onto fabric and make them into pillows as well.

This pillow was made by Chris from a t-shirt.

Chris added a nice touch when she included a heart similar to this one with a message to the recipient.

This is a pillow made from a dress shirt, tie, and suspenders.  You can make one of these with or without the tie and/or suspenders. You can also do this with a polo shirt.  If you are not sure how to make a block out of a dress shirt or polo shirt, check out my book “Easy Memorabilia Quilts, ties, t-shirts photos and more” or my Dress Shirt class on The Quilting Company.   A pattern for the pillow below is included with the class.

When you have a costume that you can’t include in a quilt because of the decorative sequins etc., a pillow is a great way to save the memory.  The pillow below is an example of that.  I couldn’t include this dance costume in the quilt I was making for my client without charging them for custom quilting to get around the sequins.  Since it was the only item that was an issue I offered to make it into a pillow and they loved the idea.

Many people do bears, but you could really do any type of stuffed animal.  How about the school mascot or a child’s favorite animal?  There are so many patterns out there. Don’t limit yourself to what everyone else does, think of who you are giving it to and who the memory is about and you could come up with something outside the box.  “Google It” and see what ideas are out there.  I Googled “Stuffed animals made from clothes” and found patterns for Elephants, Monkeys, and Bunnies to name a few.  Go to your local fabric stores and look through pattern books and craft books. There are all kinds of things made from cloth that can be made from clothes that might be perfect for the loved one you are thinking about.  As I said the ideas are endless, just think outside the box and look for ways to do what you have in mind – there is always a way. Remember anything made from fabric can be made from the clothes you have, just spread your wings!

These are bears made by Chris for her grandkids using t-shirts of their grandfathers. She did a great job. The lettering isn’t perfect but, as Chris said, the kids get the idea and remember him wearing them which is what counts. They don’t have to be perfect.

Check out the ears of the bears.  I love how Chris used a logo and a helmet to accent them. Just shows how you can add little touches to make your memories special.

I always tell you to think outside the box.  If an idea comes to you go for it! Look online and in books for patterns that will help you make your idea.  Don’t be afraid to modify how something is put together so you can accommodate the design your trying to make and the designs on your shirts.

I would love to see what you have all done with your memories other than making quilts out of them.  Have you found a pattern that really works well for this?  Let us know we would love to see them and try them for ourselves.

Happy Memories,  Trish

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