Turn a favourite t-shirt into a keepsake toy

Turn a favourite t-shirt into a keepsake toy

turn a favourite t-shirt into a keepable toy!

Us Mama’s have a tendency to get sentimental over those cute little baby clothes are kiddos wore.. there is always the odd item that you really really love them wearing and shed a little tear over the day that they grow out of {please tell me it’s not just me that does that….?!?}.

I used to have a giant box {and I really do mean GIANT} of clothes that my three girlies wore. When Baya was around 2, I managed to sort a good pile of it out and chopped them up {gasp} and made them into a patchwork blanket. Then when I found out Vega was a boy, I managed to part with a few more… now I just have a small{ish} box of their clothes that I can’t bring myself to part with.

I’ve put aside a few things that Vega has outgrown already , this boy is growing so fast we’ve gotten rid of binbags full of clothes that no longer fit him}. Sorting through clothes one day, I came across this batman t-shirt, he wore it loads mainly because Baya really loved it! Looking at it, I realised it would be perfect to turn into a keepsake toy – a little-stuffed batman for him to cuddle.

If you have t-shirts with animals, characters or just a lovely motif on, they’d be perfect to turn into a keepsake toy – a great way to remember that favourite top without it sitting in a box growing fusty for years.

vega keepsake toy

It’s easy to do – just cut out the motif, and a matching shape from the back of the t-shirt, turn inside and pin together.

Run around the edges, either with your sewing machine or even by hand, leaving a 5mm border all around. Don’t forget to leave a couple of inches unsewn though.

keesake toy

Then, turn the right way out {push through that unstitched section that you left, make sure any pointy bits such as ears are poked through all the way, fill with toy stuffing {I use this} and then sew the hole up.

Voila! One keepsake toy for your little one to play with!

vega batman keepsake toy

keepsake toy cosatto cot



  1. November 5, 2015 / 10:50

    Love this idea! Batman looks perfect for it. I’ve seen patch work teddy bears for sale made from babygrows but never thought of this.

  2. November 5, 2015 / 11:35

    This is such a great idea! I actually have one of my favourite t-shirts from when I was a kid that I just cannot bring myself to throw away. Now I know what to do with it!

  3. November 5, 2015 / 13:20

    Oh I love this Poll! I love that it’s Batman shaped too and it looks ace next to that yellow cot. I want to do more when I have maternity leave this time around. I know it will be hard work with a baby, but I’d like to do lots of crafts with Bill and make some keepsakes too. So cute! xx

  4. November 6, 2015 / 11:13

    WOW! What a fab idea!! I love it honestly. I wish I had seen this years ago when my two were younger. It is fab, so unique and a different way to keep favourite clothing :)

    Gemma xx

  5. November 6, 2015 / 12:41

    I LOVE this idea! I’m not very good at sewing (understatement!) and i don’t have a sewing machine, but I’m going to task the MIL with making a few of these. Thanks for the inspiration! x

  6. November 6, 2015 / 17:03

    This is such a lovely idea definitely something I’m going to consider doing.

  7. November 6, 2015 / 20:27

    Aw this is such a lovely idea! Definitely something I would do in the future :) Lovely post! xx

  8. November 6, 2015 / 20:35

    Oh my goodness, I just love this! I’d never thought of that idea at all but my little girl gets unnecessarily attached to her clothes and she would be so happy if I made a toy for her out of them. Thanks so much for sharing the idea, I think you might have solved our problem next time she has a meltdown about a top being too small for her ;)

  9. November 6, 2015 / 21:36

    What an amazing idea. The batman looks so good. I’m also a baby clothes hoarder, I love the idea of a blanket to use some of them up x

  10. Jenna
    November 6, 2015 / 22:24

    This is such a good idea – I always think it’s such a shame when my LG outgrows certain items of clothing. I never really thought to give them a new lease of life like this. Very clever! :)

  11. November 7, 2015 / 07:53

    Wow that’s amazing. I would have never thought to do this but it’s such a great idea x

  12. November 12, 2015 / 21:27

    This is fantastic. There is the slightly pesky issue of a second baby in the works and all the hand-me-down demands they will make on the cool stuff, but there must be a way round that. :)

    • November 15, 2015 / 14:02

      hehe!! There is that! Maybe buy two of the coolest t-shirts??!!

  13. January 19, 2016 / 12:22

    This is fab! We have that tee for P too.. I love creating things out of old! X x

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