10 Ways to Repurpose Baby Clothes

It can be so hard to part with your children’s baby clothes. They’re just so cute and tiny –so totally precious. And full of memories. How could you bear to give them up? But, maybe you’re running out of room trying to store them, and hiring a carpenter to build a new walk-in closet is not an option. Or maybe it doesn’t make sense to pack them away, never to be seen again. Maybe you want to make them a part of your everyday life, eh? What’s a nostalgic mama to do?

Luckily, there are tons of great ways to repurpose your baby clothes into awesome, useful, and decorative items. Here are a few of my very favorites:

1. Stuffed Animals! Get out that sewing machine, because you can turn junior’s old onesie into junior’s new lovie. There are lots of easy tutorials out there, everything from funky little monsters to sweet little teddies.

2. You can use up all your clothing in one grand project, by fashioning a patchwork quilt. Such a lovely way to preserve all your memories in one place!

3. To go with your patchwork quilt, you can make a few little pillows. Use bigger articles, like sleep sacks, for the main pillow portion. Then you can use other scraps from favorite clothes to create pretty appliqués.

4. Use scraps of baby clothes, cut into various shapes and stuffed with cotton, to make personalized DIY Christmas ornaments. This is especially fun if you use patterned and brightly colored clothing.

5. “Soft books” are a great gift for babies and toddlers. Try making a fabric book out of various baby clothes, with each page a different color and/or texture.

6. Another fabric book, which is appropriate for children a little older, can incorporate other parts of clothing: a page with a zipper, a page with buttons, a page with overall clasps, and on. This is a great way for children to learn how to use these different systems.

7. A low-tech rattle is very easy to whip up: simply sew fabric into a ball, stuff it with cotton batting, and add a little bell inside.

8. Fabric covered buttons are fun to make, and allow you to add a little piece of your family history to any article of clothing. Or just make a bunch of the buttons and then let your kids play with them as a sensory exercise!

9. Rosettes, or fabric flowers, are another crafty way to use small pieces of fabric. These can be added to your clothing, your kid’s clothing, used to make pretty headbands, or used in decorations around the house.

10. And finally, don’t be afraid to frame the clothing just exactly as it is. This is especially nice for that itsy bitsy and oh-so-special “coming home” outfit, and looks adorable hung in the nursery.

Have you done anything creative with your children’s clothing? Let us know in the comments!

Sayward Rebhal is a DIY remodeler in the San Diego area, who writes for Networx.


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nelly elson5 years ago

I had some expensive toddler kids clothes from LA for my son and daughter on a vacation, now both are grown ups. Those clothes are of no use for them. I love that idea of stuffed toy. I made a rabbit from my daughter’s pink dress. She loves it. Thank you soo much. We are also started a baby apparel business at http://www.lilsoft.com/

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

I LOVE these ideas

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy5 years ago

Most people pass them around and then to the charity shop. Most clothing for children under 4yrs is still in great condition by the time they have out-grown them.

Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins5 years ago

On Gilmore Girls, Lorelei made a blanket out of Rory's old baby clothes.

Bornita Quader
Bornita Quader5 years ago

One could also save them for a future baby.

Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Make good use of what we've got

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Some pieces I'll store for various reasons but the bulk has already been given away to people who need it.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Laurence L.
laurence h5 years ago

Nice ideas, thanks!

Myriam G.
Myriam G5 years ago

My mom made cute little teddy bear clothes or clothes for dolls by re-sizing baby clothes. I'm not good enough with the sewing machine yet, but I'll practice and be ready for my grand-kids clothes.