When it comes to having stylish, one of-a-kind toddler clothes, it might seem that the only way to get these is by spending large amounts of money on designer items. However, by using techniques such as embellishment and appliqué, parents can create elaborate and unique toddler clothing which will rival any boutique clothing you can find.
The business of children products is one of the largest industries in the world, with thousands of companies providing various toys, clothing, bedding, educational products, etc for children. Often, manufacturing companies will draw from generic designers, and utilize large production runs of items. This is not all bad however as it tends to keep prices lower – a good thing in fact I hear you say! But it does result in many identical versions of toddler clothes being released to consumers. This limits choice somewhat and means that to get individuality you may have to pay higher prices. But by using appliqué to embellish your baby clothing, not only will your child have unique clothes which cannot be found in retail stores, you can also have the privilege of personalizing these items to suit your child’s taste and personality.
Appliqué is a simple way to create fabulous layered bold patterns and designs on your toddler’s clothes at a fraction of the cost of designer items. The process works much in the same way as children use construction paper, by cutting various shapes of colored paper and layering these to create different images. However in appliqué these colored papers are replaced by various pieces of printed fabrics. Cut the fabric into any shape you like and stitch it into place with colorful thread to create an individual and unique piece of clothing. You can also sew on large buttons or any other decorations that you feel work. Just make sure they are attached securely and cannot be easily pulled off.
If you want to take designing your own creations a little further some ideas for appliqué for special occasions include your child’s name or the name of their mother or father. Birthday party celebrations can be incorporated into a uniquely crafted clothing design using your child’s age. You can even go as far as to create a layered design of your baby’s favorite cartoon character or animal. Your toddler will have clothing which is truly unique and special.
Another great use for appliqué is to recycle! As we all know, toddler clothes are susceptible to becoming dirty, worn and damaged. Embellishment and appliqué is also a great way of covering stains or worn patches and bringing that old favorite back to life and at the same time giving your toddler something truly unique and special to wear.