You know that feeling when you get the boxes of Christmas decorations out of the loft, and you reminisce about when you bought these ornaments, and why you chose those baubles? Imagine if amongst those boxes, carefully wrapped in tissue paper, you had a keepsake made from your baby’s Christmas clothing…
I remember when it was my daughter’s first Christmas… she was nearly one, and starting to say her first words. She was particularly adoring of a big stuffed reindeer decoration we had bought and christened Ricky. She kept crawling over to it and squeezing it and saying “Ticky ticky Ricky” as she tried to tickle him! It was so cute and we took so many photos and we always remember those moments now as we unpack him each year..
So if you have some first Christmas outfits, maybe a mini Christmas jumper, or a Santa suit style snow suit, or a red tutu and some red and white stripe tights… I can make them into a reindeer style Christmas keepsake for you to display every year.
Slippers and a bow tie
I have some lovely examples here of reindeer I have made for previous customers. As you can see they are all the same shape, but look very different because of the clothing used.
This first reindeer is made from Jacob’s clothes. He has a bow tie, a super cute and unusual blue nose, and is the first time I have been asked to put slippers on a keepsake.
My reindeer have moveable arms and legs, with buttons on the joints. You can see part of the red button at the top of his arm.
This reindeer has been named Ralph by his family, and is made from Sophie’s Christmas clothes. After an elephant keepsake from Sophie’s clothes the family wanted another momento from their daughter’s first year – and so Ralph was born. He includes a scarf made from a Christmas jumper and ‘My 1st Christmas 2017’ embroidered onto a patch on his chest.
This is Grace’s reindeer . As you can see she looks totally different to Ralph as she has a two tone colour palette. She includes a scarf made from a beautifully soft fluffy dressing gown, and her face is made from the same clothing.
On her back she has details taken from a babygro designed to look as if the baby is a present! So with appliqued ribbons, a bow, and a tag reading ‘Best Present Ever’. Such a sweet piece of clothing…
How many pieces of clothing?
Reindeer need 4-5 babygro’s or an equivalent amount of clothing. As you can see they can be made from almost any type of clothing. If you don’t have enough that is specifically Christmassy then either add one or 2 other items that look nice with the Christmas clothes.
I always keep my customers updated on their keepsake reindeer’s progress. I send a couple of snapshots so you can see the making. For Penelope’s reindeer these included the antlers before I sewed them on, and an ‘in the making’ photo of the embroidery patch being stitched to the arm.
Postage and collection
Once complete your reindeer will he or she will be giftwrapped in cellophane and ribbons. If you live near me in Swansea you can collect your keepsake or I will pack it safely and post it to you via Royal Mail ‘signed for’ delivery.
Please be aware that as keepsakes cannot be CE tested they cannot be sold as toys.