In today's busy world, it’s easy to let family traditions fall by the wayside. Treasured heirlooms, stories, recipes, and holiday traditions that unite us as families and are handed down from generation to generation, seem like something from a forgotten era. How can we recapture some of this magic as we grapple with the impersonal touch of technology, the distance between loved ones, and mass-produced “vintage” items at the mall?
Fortunately, all is not lost. We can dust off those cherished traditions, and develop new ones that mean something to us. Look for memories that give you and your family joy, and create one yourself with these affordable projects:
1. Memorabilia Quilts
You can make personal, unique keepsake quilts for your kids by simply not giving away all their outgrown clothing. Selectively trim their favorite t-shirts, pajamas, baseball cap insignias, baby blankets or even remove patches, shoelaces and shirt buttons to piece into a quilt! Make it even more special by enlisting your child to help gather the items. They will have memories not only through the items they are choosing to save, but the experience of making it with you.
2. Storybook Quilts
Every quilt tells a story, and every quilter is an author. Keepsake Quilting is here to help you tell your stories through countless colors, textures, and embellishments.
Do you have a personal bedtime story you made up for your children? Give it physical life by using detailed fabrics and materials to tell the abbreviated story. You can also choose a favorite book your kid's love and create the characters in your quilt.
You can tell stories of many types. Maybe you took an amazing vacation you want to commemorate? Make your own “road” with the stops along the way. Include photos you took on your trip by printing them onto fabric and sewing them into your quilt. Add pockets to hold memorabilia like tickets, postcards or trinkets.
Begin a handmade adventure. Ready? Off we go! "Once upon a time…”
3. Quilts for Baby and New Parents
There’s something incredibly touching about receiving a personal gift that someone took the time and effort to create. See what you can learn from the parents. You can go with something as simple as their favorite nursery colors, or the baby’s initials or name if they have one already. Check out Keepsake’s baby quilts for more ideas. Parents would also likely appreciate a cozy quilt of their own to wrap up in during late-night feedings.
Keepsake Quilting has everything you need to begin, with substantial savings on crafting products and patterns. Choose from fabrics ranging from vintage to today's more modern prints. You’ll find popular themes, and helpful kits to spark your imagination. Create a priceless family heirloom to pass down to your children and beyond, for less! Check out their website and Promocodes.com for current deals!