I'm not the most organized type A person so usually when tasked with hosting a baby shower I grin and bear it. But everything changed when asked to help with my friend Samantha's shower. The mom to be was hoping to have a onesie decorating station where guests could craft and create tiny clothes for the newborn. I've seen this before with stencils and puffy paint and have always thought the results were less than desirable. There might be a few really cute ones but they'd be mixed in with a bunch of mess. I decided to do a few things differently for this gender neutral shower activity.
Samantha is a pretty holistic, all natural person. I thought it would look cute to have the clothes be different colors but I didn't want to use any harsh chemical dyes. I decided to try dyeing with natural ingredients like vegetables, fruits, and flowers. This site was a great resource. I basically turned our kitchen into a science lab and created dye after dye 24/7. I couldn't think of anything else and we ate really healthily that week so that I had a ton of onion skins and avocado pits to boil. The bright yellow - turmeric! How cool is that?
After the dyeing, I created a bunch of fabric applique shapes that people could adhere to the clothes. I also lined a bunch of fabric with adhesive paper so guests could create their own designs, which they did! This activity, both the prep, and the day of, was so much fun. Samantha is thrilled that her babe will be outfitted for his/her first year and now I don't have to cringe when asked to host a shower.
I'm so excited to write about a collaboration I have in the works with Hiho Batik. Robyn and Julia from Hiho Batik have given me some of their amazing t-shirts and other products to upcycle into new items. I've been busy tranforming their designs into throw pillows and pennant flag banners. Also (and maybe most favoritely) I've cut out shapes and patterns from the shirts to help revive pants and overalls that were otherwise most likely headed to landfills. These pants still have so much life left in them. They just needed a little love (and patching). Small holes or tears are now either reinforced, covered up with tshirt designs, or made to look cool in other ways through visible mending and embroidery. Each item is unique and handmade! Below are a few samples of what will be available for sale starting this weekend at Threes Brewing Holiday Market.
Long Island City is the coolest! Come join me there on December 12th from 11:00 - 5:00. Modern Spaces is hosting a holiday popup. I'll be there along with several other NYC area vendors. My loot will include a ton of handmade up-cycled items like quilts, flag banners, pillow cases, tooth fairy envelopes, and headbands. Plus, I'll be available to discuss custom memory quilts and answer any and all questions.
Here's the info: 4742 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City
I'm Jenna; the owner of Memory Threads. I'll turn your meaningful clothing collection into a quilt full of sentiment and style.