Thursday, 16 January 2014

New Year, New Fabrics!

Now I'd better get the sewing machine out and make these into some cute pump belts!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Memory Pump Belts

This is an old post from a blog I used to write, but I thought you might find it interesting, and sending me a piece of old cotton clothing to make a pump belt for your child is an option I can offer.  Send me a message at if you're interested.  I can't use stretch fabrics for this, and silky/shiny fabrics aren't suitable as they slide around and make the skin sweat, but old cotton shirts, skirts or dresses are perfect.


Everyone has a certain piece of clothing that they love, and can't bear to throw out when their child outgrows it. 

My son had a gorgeous red and white checked shirt that he loved, and was sad when it didn't fit any more.

My daughters had matching cotton pyjamas with roses on them, which they adored, but the little pair don't fit either of them now.

I don't want to keep piles of old clothes hanging around, so often I make bunting from the favourite old clothes, or cut out a square or two to save for a memory quilt.  This time, I decided to make each child a pump belt, so they can still wear those favourite clothes.

The only question was which elastic to use.

I decided on the pink eventually.  I liked the colour of the green better, but didn't think little green monsters would go down well with big girl.

This one was easier.  The spotty elastic was far too bright for the checked fabric.

The children like the finished belts.  Big girl put hers on immediately, and likes the fact that it incorporates a bit of everything from the pyjama top, including a line of the pink ribbon along one edge.