My dad passed away earlier this year. I couldn't give his clothes away and now I want to recycle them into something else. I want to make things with them to give to my sister and mother in his memory. I have flannel pajamas, ties, grey tracksuit pants, shirts. I also have his suits that he had made himself. I hope you can give some ideas. Thanks.
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Do you make quilts? Maybe you could craft some nice throws or even decorative wall hangings from some of the clothing.
If you know how to make scrapbooks, you could incorporate some of the fabric from his clothing into them to honor your father's memory.
Other ideas: fabric covered picture frames with a photo of your father or other family picture (link follows, making fabric covered picture frames)
Or you might make a special pillow for each of your family members
Lay out pieces. Make a template out of cardboard. Four and a half or six and a half inches are a good size. Cut squares out of clothing. Sew these squares together. Place an old blanket or boughten batting between fabric and a sheet cut to size.
The flannel pajamas will make wonderful pillows or even pillow cases, especially if you are in a cold climate.
Neck ties make wonderful quilts! If you don't have enough to make a blanket, do pillows.
It's very sweet of you to use them this way.
Make deorative pillows out of his ties by placing them on backing and sewing or weaving. Throws/small quilts. Maybe, making very small suits that could fit a teddy bear out of the suits he had made for himself--- a little can go a long way.
Good luck and many blessings.
Make a memory quilt or panel. When the AIDS crisis was at it height, loved ones made fabric panels in memory of the deceased. Eventually, the The Names Project spread across the US and the world, and the Quilt now has 40,000 panels. Parts of the Quilt are on display in various parts of the world every December 1st. It is such a powerful symbol that many other causes have copied the quilt to memorialize their deceased.
The quilt is such a powerful symbol because making one was often a group project. Early in American history, women from the neighborhood would often gather at a home to socialize, with each woman making a panel. As such, it would be a great family project. Those who can't sew can use fabric glue and fabric markers, i.e. to write their thoughts. Even boys can participate. And you can even ask faraway relatives to mail you panels to assemble into the final quilt. While you can certainly use the quilt for warmth, it's even better as artwork to be put on the wall -- and passed on to the next generation (some people continue adding panels as it is passed on). And of course, you can send photos to all who participated.
Here is a link for the project:
Here are hints for making the panels:
You can view sample panels here (some are heartbreaking):
Google Image search on "The Names Project" for sample panels.
Looks like we all do the same things!
I work with suicide survivors. I meet lots of moms who have not much of thier childs belongings except clothing. On several occasions I have made teddy bears using the deceased clothing, I will add something personal like... a pin that says "I love dad "or something like that.
My son passed away 5 years ago on Christmas morning, my family loves having some of his clothing and hats to wear as "good luck" pieces, A favorite uncle always wears my sons long underwear skiing.
Print a favorite picture of your father on PRINTED TREASURES (material that will print in your computer printer. Use that picture for the center block of your quilt.
You can also use the material to make placemats and/or potholders. Personalize your work with embroidered designs of something your father liked to do - like fishing, basketball, football, watching TV. A small picture of your father in your work would remind others of your father.
These would make gifts that your family members will treasure for many years.
You can use nice soft t-shirts for pillow cases, cut the bottom part of jeans (or any pants) put a piece of elastic about 2" fron top & one 2" from bottom to form circle around the leg, make a hoop (handle) on top and use it to keep the plastic grocery bags in. Dad will always be in your kitchen. Cut blocks of his ties out as patches and sew them on the pant leg.
Use all clothing and cut in to quilt pieces and make one for everyone. Use the flannel for the back of the quilt. If you still hang clothes out to dry, stitch up a shirt to a short length to make a clothespin holder. Make pin cushions with sections cut from his clothing. Hot pads for the kitchen by cutting large squares and inserting herbs & spices in it so you when you set something warm on it, it will give off a good aroma. Same thing for sachets for your drawers & cars.
Many things that will keep memories of your dad close by. Glue material on a picture frame with a picture of your Dad in it wearing the material you covered the frame with. Have fun. Let your imagination run.
A friend's husband passed away and she wanted to keep some of his things around. He had some old boots that were almost worn out. She lined them with small plastic bags, filled them with dirt, and planted a vining flower in each one. She put one on each side of her back door--a place where he often left them. They really looked neat! After seeing what she'd done, it made me wish I'd have kept my father's old boots that we'd ended up throwing in the trash.
I have chronic neck/headaches and use flannel bags stuffed with rice or field corn and microwave them to soothe the aches. I think it would be very sweet to share your loved one's jammies for heat therapy bags. Then the person using the heat bag will feel a little extra love and comfort from your Dad. I have a flannel patch lap robe that I lent to my Dad in the hospital to keep his legs warm. He ended up having a cardiac arrest after hip surgery and passed away unexpectedly.
Now each time, I cozy up with that flannel blanket I think of my Dad. Our newborn grandson is now sharing the love when he naps in the living room. Amazing how powerful a simple act of comfort can mean to a family. I told my Mom that Ethan naps on Great Grandpa's quilt and she was very touched indeed. Bless you as you use your love for your Daddy in such a sweet way. I am sure he is very proud of you!
I made wreaths from my deceased pappap's flannel shirts. I used a wire wreath form cut 6" x 3/4" strips and tied them to the form. Everyone including the men in our family LOVED them
My Daddy passes away 1/20/2015. I asked my Mom if I could have his shirts to make her a quilt. She sent me 2 big boxes and I made quilts for my 4 older sisters and my twin brother (we are the babies of the family). I never made or even thought I could make a quilt. But I did it I made my Moms first, then my sisters and my brother. I got the shirts at the end of March and was able to get my moms done for her birthday in April. The rest I got done by July. I was so pleased to see that everyone loved them. We all cried together remembering the pictures I put on them and a special note I had tucked in a pocket that I had put on every quilt from my Daddy's shirts. The note was a poem my Dad had written years ago. It was called "Daddy's recipe for Life". I printed it out on material and tucked it into the pocket. They loved it! I got on a lot of web sites, you tube and Pinterest to help me make these. I made each quilt with a picture of my Dad and the sister I made it for, to personalize it just for them. I am so sorry for your loss and know what it feels like to lose someone you love so much. These quilts will keep the memory's of our Daddy for as long as we live.
A cousin has a large teddy bear made of her mom's house dresses. They cut them into patchwork quilt sizes and made several bears for all the siblings. I think that is a great idea. How about making a apron with some? I like the pillow idea too. GG Vi
Hi, A friend of mine used the clothes from her deceased parents to make clothes for teddy bears for all the grand kids. So each grandchild has a grandma and grandpa bear.
Thank you all for you wonderful ideas. I can't stop crying now because I am so touched by you all taking the time to send me your ideas, some I hadn't even thought of. Thank you so so much and take care. Patricia - Riverstone (Sydney) Australia
I see you have some wonderfull suggestions, but I thought since your dad made his suits, maybe you could get a pattern or make your own of a tote bag, purse or labptop sack. I've seen these in one of my crafts books and they look very smart and If you have a lot you could make one for each child or grandchild or both. Hey, even a wallet would be cool or a checkbook cover. Best wishes honey.
I had stuffed bears made from my dad's clothes. We gave them to a woman who does that and she fashioned the most beautiful bears with a ribbon around his neck and a poem about my dad. I gave her a list of traits and hobbies and she did the rest - it was magnificent. If you want her name and number (she lives in Ohio) I can provide. Good luck!
Hi this is for marybeth 3/17/09. My father passed away on this date and i miss him dearly. He was going to be a grandad for the first time. in due in 3 months and would like to have a teddy made for my baby. Can you help me, with that number? Or does anybody else have any ideas. They would be much appreciated. thank you.
Marybeth L - I'd love to have the name and number of the woman in Ohio who makes these bears.
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