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I came across this fabulous idea in a craft book I recently checked out from the library, and then bought on my Nook Color called, Handmade Home, by Amanda Blake Seoule. This is called Nathan’s Clothing Tree. It is to be a memory keepsake for my Nathan, holding fabric memories of all the cute handmade items I made for him as a baby (or that he wore as a baby). I’ve also made THIS from her book too.

You were suppose to put iron-on interfacing on the tree trunk and each leaf first, then hand quilt it. I don’t have that kind of time right now with a little baby on my own, so out came the fabri-tac and the trunk and leaves got glued on. Then, the blanket stitch was added, in different colors, by my wonderful Singer sewing machine. And I was done with it in about 2 hours, instead of 2 weeks. Horray for shortcuts.

I put the clothing tree on a fabric background, and then cut down the fabric to fit inside the frame that I purchased at Hobby Lobby for $5.00. It’s an unfinished piece, but I’m leaving it that way for now. I also cheated and just taped the fabric to the back side of the cardboard.

Okay, so the only real work I did here was stitching Nathan’s name and birthdate on. Don’t bother noticing that the birthdate is a little off size-wise. I know. That was the second time I did it, and I’m not doing it again. I’m denying my need to be a perfectionist here. And that is perfectly fine with me.

And then I hung it the wall in his room…..And added these cute hooks underneath (also from Hobby Lobby).

And here’s what that corner nook now looks like. See the rest of Nathan’s room HERE.

Oh, and I forgot…it looks like there are a lot of leaves on the tree, but only 9 of them represent something I had made for him. My leaves for Nathan resembled: a bouncy seat cover, car seat cover, matching pj pants with Daddy, a diaper cover, his crib bumper, a layette he slept in, a changing pad, and Army pants to look like Daddy. I know what you’re thinking… he was my first. I will never have that kind of time on my hands ever again, right? : ) Well, you may be right, but I’m quite an avid sewer…even now. I just love it!


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