I have my mother's wedding dress (it is about 50yrs old) and want to make something for my children out of it. Does anyone have any ideas?
Mary from Hollywood, FL
I made the grandkids (7) each a ring bearer pillow. I know it would have made her (my mom) happy to be a part of each of their weddings.
Making a First Holy Communion dress might have a lot of meaning.
I've seen throw pillows made of wedding dress fabric/lace. Also, you could cut out squares of it to use in a quilt (or several quilts) along with other special fabrics like prom and bridesmaid dresses, baby's blanket, etc.
I had handkerchiefs and garters made for all of my children (3 girls and 1 boy- for his wife to use). They made wonderful "something old"'s, and the handkerchieves were carried with the bouquets.
I suggest making a doll gown out of it to display. It would be great to make it in the original style.
I had a mink coat left to me by my grandmother but it wasn't really wearable. I had it made into teddy bears and gave one to each of my 3 children. Maybe something like this could be done with the gown.
I would think that a few shadow boxes made with some of the gowns fabric, maybe a few pics of the woman that wore the gown and the man she married, a few other pieces of personal items. A pic of the one you're giving the item to, would make great keepsakes.
My grandmother had a christening gown made for her 4th child, a son, and the remainder was made into rosary holders for her 3 daughters. I re-made my daughter's Victorian dress on her 10th anniversary for a more updated shorter design. They renewed their vows in Disney with all 4 daughters wearing white and black.
It would be special to make each child or grandchild a covered photo album for their own wedding photos. You could include a small note and photo of the original wearer and include a family tree inside the front cover of the album for a keepsake.
You could use it to cover small wedding picture albums/guest books too. The lace for trim, and add some nice lace/ribbon flowers.
I have seen beautiful baby's baptismal gowns made from heirloom wedding dresses.
I suggest to make some nice cushions or pillows for their bed or guest bed so they will not be used sooo much so they will last a very long time. I would hate for the dress to be torn up. It's a keep sake. You can also embroidery her name on the above & to your children, that would be a reminder who got married in it. Good luck.
I was going to also suggest the ring bearer pillows. Another idea is to make a drawstring purse large and roomy enough to hold the wedding cards, a comfortable 8x10. As people go through the receiving line, they can hand the card directly to the bride, who carries the purse on her arm. Or, it could be kept on the gift table, if it is being monitored. It keeps the cards together, elegantly, and they can then be put into a safe place.
A quilt would be nice. A lot of good suggestions on here!
A dear friend of mine made me two pillows from each of my bridesmaids dresses. One they were not taking up the whole closet and she wanted to know if I had any stuff like that so she could do something with them. Each pillow was different and both fancy and beautiful. Was the best thing I ever did.
Carefully open the dress at the seams and try to salvage as much yardage as you can. Don't cut anything else till you write down some of the ideas given, deciding how much of the dress could be made into what. You can't undo once you cut.
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