Baby & Children’s Clothes Keepsakes

Baby and children’s clothing can be full of special memories. Let our small team of experienced and talented seamstresses at Patchwork Castle work their magic to transform them into gorgeous, practical Baby Clothes Memory Quilts or Keepsake Patchwork Cushions. A lasting keepsake that can be beautiful part of your home, and treasured by you and your children for years to come.

Select from the product listings below for more information on the different types of keepsake available.

How To Order

1. Check out the product listing for the baby clothes keepsake you are interested in. If you have any questions then please contact us – we’re very happy to help.
2. Place your order using the shopping cart function on the website, or contact us to place your order
3. We’ll get back to you to confirm your estimated delivery date and the total value of your order, and request a 50% deposit (we accept bank transfers, cheques and PayPal (you don’t need an account, and can pay by credit/debit card).
4. You send your clothes and we make your keepsakes – we will normally need your clothes at least 3 months before your commission slot.
5. We will keep in touch, and request your remaining (50%) balance when you order is nearing completion.
6. We return your keepsakes to you.

We also offer Gift Certificates and Gift Packages if you would like to give a contribution to a quilt or cushion commission.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a range of designs that we know work particularly well made from clothing.

You can choose from our Signature Mosaic or All Squared Up designs for quilt, and a personalised design with name applique or patchwork design for keepsake cushions.

Please view the product listings above for full information about each product.

We can make alterations to these designs (adjusting sizes, layouts, adding/removing borders etc.) or create an entirely bespoke design for you so please do contact us if you have something else in mind.

Some of our Adult Clothing Keepsake designs may also be suitable for children’s clothes depending on the clothes you have available.

Prices are all included in the listings above. Quilts start from £150 and cushions from £75.

Postage to mainland UK is by Royal Mail Special Delivery, and included for orders over £150. If you live outside the UK and would like to order please contact us before ordering to see if we can help you.

Just your laundered clothing! The price covers all materials other than your clothes.

The suggested clothing amounts for each item are included in the listings above, and are the optimum amounts using toddler sized clothing items – if you have significantly more or less clothing that you’d like incorporated please let us know before ordering. You can also include other fabrics if you’d like to.

We Can Use: Most baby and children’s clothes, t-shirts, shirts, blouses, dresses, lightweight sweaters, baby grows, crib sheets, curtains, comfort blankets, bibs, maternity clothes, socks, lightweight denim, bedlinen and other similar items.

We Can’t Use: Thicker fabrics such as heavy or open weave knits, toweling, heavy denim, coats or suit jackets, hats or gloves. PVC, leather, rubber, lycra/very stretchy items and treated fabrics like rain coats or macs, any item made from fabric that can’t be ironed.

Please see our section on ‘Sending Your Clothes’ for more detailed information.

Yes!

A name applique is included on our Baby Clothes Memory Quilts. Additional names can be added on request.

A freehand embroidered greeting, date of birth, message or passage can also be added to your quilt or cushion. This can be embroidered onto a patchwork piece, or added as a label (from £5 for one word, from £10 for a message).

You can also add photos to your quilt or cushion (printed on special fabric so it feels just like the rest of the patchwork) – £5 per image.

Please just ask if you have any other requests and we’ll do our best to help.

For Memory Quilts – Clothing quilts are normally machine washable on cool, delicate cycle. The only exception to this would be where the clothes were not machine washable or where there is a lot of applique work. Air dry flat and fluff in the dryer on a cool setting. Full care instructions are provided with your finished quilt. The first time you wash your memory quilt the backing and binding will shrink very slightly. This is normal and helps the quilting stitches to settle into the fabric, and gives a traditional look.

For Cushions – Sponge cleaning is recommended. The cushion cover can be hand-washed if necessary, reshape while damp and air dry flat.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) recommend that you do not use a duvet, quilt or pillow for children under one year. For more information please see http://fsid.org.uk.

Please also note that these items are not toys and may contain small items such as buttons and other embellishments that may present a choking hazard (we can leave these out if you wish).

Patchwork quilts are not designed for use as loose covers on upholstered furniture.  Keep away from fires and naked flames.

We are now taking orders for delivery at the end of August 2017 (may be extended for the larger quilts or large orders.)

We work hard to keep our waiting times as short as possible. We have consistently high demand and balance with keeping the team small so that every item gets the personal attention it deserves. We don’t want to rush the creation of your beautiful keepsakes! You can also book for a delivery date later in the year if you’d just like to get it secured, or ask us to pencil you in and let you know when we start taking bookings for the slot you’d like.

Please do ask if you need your item for an earlier date, as we can sometimes accommodate rush orders.

If you are planning to order for Christmas then it is advisable to book your slot as early as possible as we are normally booked up by the end of July.

The majority of our customers are from other parts of the country and mail the clothes to us. See more information here 

We’re based in Scarborough, so if you live nearby (or fancy a trip to the seaside!) then you can drop the clothes off with us (or arrange a consultation before ordering).

It’s easy!  Just follow the instructions further up the page. You can place your order via the website or contact us directly if you’d prefer.

We will contact you to confirm your order, make all the practical arrangements and request a 50% deposit which secures your place in our order book. The final balance is due shortly before your order is returned to you.

If you’d prefer to order in person then please do give us a call.

Please note that delivery is normally within the UK only. If you live outside the UK and would like to order from us please contact us before ordering to see if we can help you.

Absolutely. Please do drop us a line with any queries. It’s a great privilege to create these keepsakes. We want you to love your memory quilt or keepsake cushion and are happy to help.

Yes! Please see here.

Handing over your precious clothes, full of memories, to a quilter is a pretty big step of trust.

Here at Patchwork Castle, all your keepsake are created either by me (owner, Christabel Tingay) or one of our small and carefully selected team (Millie, Carol, Fiona, and Lucy). We all take great pride in creating your keepsakes. We know there are no second chances with your treasured clothes, and we take the trust you place in us very seriously.

Our aim is to produce the best quality memory quilts available and invest considerable time, quality materials, skills and love into producing them. We endeavour to offer a high quality product that exceeds your expectations. We won’t skimp on the details that will make your quilt or cushion extra special.

 

 

We love it! It is just what we wanted and we are so happy with the final outcome. We will definitely know where to come if we have more children! As for the service, it has been wonderful. Lovely people to speak to on phone calls and emails. Great communication about getting the clothes and progress.Obviously important when sending priceless things, such as our first child’s baby clothes, through the post to other people! We would recommend to anyone (already have!)
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