WELCOME TO TRACYS TREASURED KEEPSAKES

Hi, my name is Tracy and I create beautiful bespoke Keepsakes from your special items of clothing. Whether it be from your child's outgrown clothes or an item of clothing that reminds you the most of your loved one.


My small business began whilst on maternity leave, I had wanted to create a keepsake from my children's clothes to remember those first outfits they wore to those favourite ones I always dressed them in.

I enjoyed making them so much I wanted to be able to share the joy and make them for others too but especially being able to make them in memory of loved ones.


Our beautiful keepsakes are a wonderful way to treasure those special items of clothing that hold so many wonderful memories. From baby grows to work uniforms, school uniform to a grandad’s shirt.


Each keepsake is made at the highest quality, treating it as if it was our own. We always take a lot of care and thought into not just the design and creation of the keepsake but also of the clothing and what it may mean to you.

We are very honored when we are entrusted to transform those special items into a keepsake as we know they will treasure forever.


Tracy xxx


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Choosing the baby clothes for your keepsake

February 15, 2019

So you’ve decided to have a keepsake made and now this is where the fun really starts. 

First get those precious items out from their hiding place and have a good look through them. This is your chance to take a walk down memory lane and remember just how small they really were.

I can guarantee when you start looking through those clothes you will have too many to choose from and won’t know which ones to include. You might also be unsure as to what will work well together or you may even have some on there you just won’t want to be cut up.


Here are some tips on helping to make your selection:


HOW MANY CLOTHES DO YOU NEED TO CHOOSE

Depending on which keepsake you have chosen the amount of items required will vary, ensure you check the minimum amount you will need.


Think about choosing a mixture of plain, prints and those with special motifs to include.


PUT ASIDE ANY ITEMS YOU DON’T WANT TO BE CUT UP

Consider putting aside 1 or 2 items of clothing that you’d like to be kept while and put them in a box. This may be their smallest babygro so you can remember how small they were.


PUT ASIDE UNSUITABLE FABRICS

Most fabrics can be used to create your keepsake but there are some fabrics that will be impossible for me to work with so this may help to make the selection process easier,

Anything shiny or slippery like pvc, leather or treated rain macs etc

Very light fabrics like netting unless they are on a backing fabric or part of a skirt already.

Heavy fabrics such as woolen coats

Open knitted items or crochet. These will most likely be those hand knitted cardigans or blankets - sorry 😔

Anything that can’t be ironed

It’s also probably a good idea to remove any clothing that is stained unless you don’t mind them being included in the keepsake. Small stains can be worked around so don’t worry if it is on one of those favourite pieces.

If you are having a quilted blanket made it may be worth considering how washable the fabrics are. Most baby clothes will have been washed many many many times so it means you whole quilt can be too. If you include hand wash or dry clean only items this can restrict how you wash it.


SELECTING FROM THE REMAINING ITEMS

From your pile start picking out those ‘must haves’ maybe it’s there first ever outfit or the outfit they came home from hospital in. Or maybe they have your favourite prints or motifs on.

When I was sorting through our daughters clothing I had some that were a definite yes regardless of colour or style. These will be the items that have a particular memory attached to them

I also found I had lots of things that I loved about items and that’s why I had brought them in the first place. Now choose those additional items that will compliment your must haves.


The most pleasing keepsakes have a real contrast in them - light, medium and dark clothing with at least one highlight colour. For example a red or purple.

If you have plenty of items to choose from, and you prefer a more coordinated look, then you might want to lean towards a particular colour combination or theme.

A mixture of spot and stripes look great with a few plain pieces.

If an item looks really garish against everything else you’ve chosen it maybe best to leave it out. Unless of course it is one of those precious items then leave it in. Sometimes you’d be surprised at how well it works.


When you have your selections laid out in front you’ll probably find you have a nice combination. Baby clothes have a great way of just working with each other even when you didn’t think they would.

If all else fails and you just can’t decide send a few extras and I’ll pick out the combination for you. Just let me know which items are those must haves so I can ensure I include them in. 


And remember we are always here to help.


Tracy xxx