Just so gorgeous…
am I allowed to say that? The clothes my lovely customers have sent me to create them lions are just fabulous! From a variety of different baby clothes to an army kit and a soft corduroy jacket here are some photos for you. But first here are the vital statistics…
The first photo is one of my army lions. As you can see in the photo he has coloured eyes. All lions come with the option for you to choose eye colour. the choice is from light blue, dark blue, brown or green. This one has the dark blue.
Pale colours baby clothes lion
This next lion was made from a really restrained palette of colours. All of these beautiful little girls clothes were in shades of fawn, pale pink and white and cream. As I always do when I make keepsakes I spent a lot of time planning how to balance the colours. I chose to use a fawn dress as the front of the mane and made fawn cheeks from a babygro with deep pink flowers on.
The outside of all 4 legs are in pink , with pink on the ears too for more balance. I used white patterned clothing on the inner legs and tummy, and white and cream clothes for the back. For more photos of this lovely lion see my portfolio HERE
Bereavement keepsake made from a jacket
This lion is made from a corduroy jacket. I added a soft cream fabric to the ears and paw pads to compliment the brown of the coat. On his paw is embroidered REG – the initials of my customer’s much missed dad.
I stitched the cuffs of the jacket onto the lions front legs. I always use as many elements from the original clothing as I can as they hold memories and add detail.
Brother & sister baby clothes lions
This last photo is a pair of sibling lions. This photo shows you some of the ways in which I balance colours. The boy lion has dark blue stripes used for outer legs and face, complimented by the red stripes of the mane. The inner legs and tummy are in much lighter colours.
The girl lion has dark burgundy on her outer legs as this was the darkest colour on these clothes. Had I put it higher on the body she would have looked top heavy. The burgundy is picked up on the cheeks. The ears have clouds from a babygro on them and read ‘ZZZ’ and ‘snooze’.
The back paws of each lion has names and dates of birth embroidered on. The embroidery is included in the price, so your keepsake is fully personalised for you.
To make you a keepsake lion from baby clothes I will need 8-10 babygros or an equivalent amount of clothing. I can work with any clothes from hats to cardis to dresses to socks and trousers. I say babygros as a guide to the quantity of fabric I need in order to make your keepsake. When you send me your clothes let me know if any particular item is really important to you and I will endeavour to place it in a position where as much of it as possible is on show.
To make you a keepsake lion from adult clothing one shirt or tshirt is enough fabric. However using more will add interest to the finished keepsake and the more items your keepsake is made from the more precious memories it will hold for you.
Embroidery of names and dates to personalise your keepsake is always included.
One final word
Keepsake lions are created using the clothes that you send to me. They are filled with polyester toy stuffing. Keepsakes are not toys as they cannot be CE tested and often have large areas of handstitching.