Project Nursery: Creative Clothing Art

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

We had a great weekend full of relaxing and fun. I am reminded on holidays such as this though of the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make each and every day for us. Kevin spent four years serving as a Marine and two of them while married. In fact, our first six months of marriage were spent apart because of a sudden deployment to Japan. I’m grateful that he was never in harms way and I am especially grateful for the servicemen that are. I commiserate with spouses and families that have to be away from a loved one for an extended period of time…

Back to what’s been going on over here decorating-wise: here’s a neat little project that I’ve been working on to create nursery art out of favorite gifts and keepsake clothing.

I have a few adorable outfits that are almost too cute to wear (almost) and when placed inside of a frame, make the perfect wall art.

To add a twist, the back of the frame is lined in a modern print – gives it a little something extra.


Clothing Art

Materials: shadow box or deep frame (mine is from Aaron Brothers – 40% off coupon!), fabric remnant, art to feature (clothing, handmade baby blanket, etc), map pins or sewing pins, glue

{1.} I found a square frame at Aaron Brothers that fit my little swim suit perfectly. It was built like a shadow box and deep enough to allow the suit to be pinned inside without coming too far out of the frame when mounted.

{2.} Fabric remnants or samples are great for a project just like this (I chose Gabriel in putty by Thibaut Designs). Measure your frame and cut out a square two inches wider on each side to allow for an extra large hem. 

{3.} Flip frame over and remove backing, cardboard, mat and glass. Line up cardboard insert directly over fabric cutout (make sure back of fabric is facing up). Save mat and glass for another project, set backing aside.

Using standard glue, line the edge of the cardboard with a thick line.

 {4.} Fold over each edge of fabric, gluing corners as you go. The geometric print on my fabric helped to make sure that my design was straight on the reverse side, you may want to flip over to confirm before gluing into place. Don’t worry if your adhesive doesn’t hold 100%, the next step will ensure the fabric doesn’t move.


{4.}  Press cardboard and fabric firmly into the back of your frame, the fit should be snug.

{5.} Press frame backing into place.


{6.} Using sewing or map pins (which can be found at office supply stores such as Staples), attach garment to fabric/cardboard combination. I cut my pins to about half their length to really conceal them within the bathing suit.

Pin various edges of the clothing so that the final piece is securely against the frame when hung up.

{7.} And that’s it – now you can hang or display!

This would look very neat as a collage of antique outfits (baptismal gowns, handmade baby caps, etc) over a dresser, or as cute, modern accessories (booties, hats, etc) lined up in a row of three down the wall.

It’s an easy, inexpensive way to display favorite baby items and gifts, and it’s a great way to personalize a nursery. I love this little bathing suit (a gift from my Aunt) and I love how it looks perched atop Liv’s bookcase!

Woah this is getting long. It’s about time I get some final room pics posted. More Project Nursery posts: handmade butterfly mobile, diy crib skirtbasket liners part 2, basket liners part 1, the great glider makeover, sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, new sconce lighting, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

Friday Guest Blog Interview: Emily A. Clark

Guest Blog Interview - Emily A Clark

Happy Friday! Welcome back to PDB’s Friday Guest Blog Interview series where I introduce a fresh and inspiring blog that I think you’ll love a couple of times a month. There are incredibly talented bloggers out there that hold their own in the design world and it’s very neat to see how and what they’re working on – and to get inside of their heads for further prodding.

One such blogger is Emily of Emily A. Clark who describes her blog as “ideas, inspirations, and musings of a home stylist”. I love her home and if there’s not a more perfect portfolio for ones style I don’t know what is.


Emily recently posted a little tour of her previous home and it made me smile – her new space is a complete 180 and reminds me how much we change and grow as we’re influenced in design! I adore her home and am excited to share a little house tour along with the four usual PDB interview questions (which I equally love, her answers and tips are inspiring). Check it out just after the jump….

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Project Nursery: All A-Flutter

It’s finished! Yesterday I finally finished and hung up Liv’s new mobile – and just in time as she’s beginning to sleep in her crib now.

I wanted to hand make a mobile for Liv that would compliment her animal-themed room while also giving her something bright and playful to look at. After debating different shapes and creatures, butterflies won out. Liv loves staring up at the spinning mobile and the butterflies look like they’re flying together amongst the painted animals.

The butterflies are made out of dyed felted wool which is very similar to your standard store bought felt. I was actually on the search for a variety of different felt colors in the palette of the room when I discovered felted wool on Etsy. When I found a seller who hand dyed her own shades, I scooped up eight different versions of pink (talk about difficult to find at a store).

Each butterfly is two pieces of wool held together by embroidery thread looped around the edges. Because this project was so time consuming, it was reserved for car trips and movie watching – or any time I couldn’t feasibly get anything more productive done :). So it took a long time… nine-little-butterflies long time.

Felt Wool Mobile Butterflies

Here’s the skinny on how it all went down.


Butterfly Mobile

Materials: felt or wool, embroidery thread, large needle, small wooden dowels, wooden bead (optional) eye screw

{1.} Cut out butterflies from felt or wool in matching pairs.

{2.} With your embroidery thread and large needle, begin the stitch on the inside of the two layers of felt so that the knot is hidden. Loop up and around both edges until the complete shape is outlined.

When finished, each butterfly should look similar to this:

{3.} Cut a long length of matching embroidery thread and guide needle from below the butterfly up between the two layers and out the top of the butterfly (thread in middle of shape should not be showing but should be hidden between the two layers of felt).

Pull thread tight so that the butterfly scrunches up, tie a knot just above the ruching to keep in place. The rest of the length of thread will be used to attach the butterfly to the hanger.

{4.} To build the wooden hanger, use two dowels of even size or one long dowel snipped in half. Cross the dowels and secure with thread by looping around the center of the crossbow. To keep embroidery thread from sliding, create little notches at the very end of each dowel with scissors. This is where the embroidery thread holding the butterflies can be knotted to as well.

{5.} Cut three lengths of embroidery thread to approximately 8-10″ in length and one piece to roughly 2′ (or the distance the mobile will hang from the ceiling). Tie the end of each of the four pieces to an end of each dowel. The longest length will be tied directly to the eye screw in the ceiling and the other three should meet about 8″ above the dowel. Tie a knot out of all four strings here, you can hide the knot with a bead for a cleaner look.

{6.} Attach butterflies at varying heights along the dowel.

{7.} Secure eye screw into ceiling (making sure mobile is far above the reach of little hands) and hang.

I made two separate hangers for a set of four and a set of five of the butterflies to help space them out, but you could hang them all on one for a beautiful layered effect, too.

Bright, simple and eye-catching, perfect for Liv.

More Project Nursery posts: diy crib skirt, basket liners part 2, basket liners part 1, the great glider makeover, sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, new sconce lighting, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

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