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Bespoke Cloth Keepsakes


In 2006 I trained to be a Voluntary Children's Bereavement Officer for a local charity and as part of our training we had to accompany the children on a residential camp. It was an incredibly moving and extremely emotional weekend; spending time with children who all needed help coming to terms with the tragic loss of a loved one.  

It was not long after the camp that I felt I compelled to make something for my son and daughter - something to pass on to them, something like a heirloom I guess. So it was a few weeks later when I presented them with a highly personal and unique keepsake each. They were created out of their cherished childhood clothes, the very clothes I had kept 'safe and stored away' for many years. They loved them. 

Did my hands shake when I was nervously cutting up the clothes I treasured? Yes! And yet I instinctively knew this was what I needed to do. I realised that I no longer needed to hold on to all the 'stuff'. I kept a few 'extra special' items and all the rest went to a charity shop. I felt so much better, sort of lighter and free. 

As a consequence of that residential camp my Bespoke Cloth Keepsake service was born; a service where your cherished clothes are carefully turned into an item that can you can hold close, hug and cry with. These keepsakes can bring so much comfort to  anyone who has suffered a bereavement or for children after a divorce, or when one parent works away for long periods of time. 

These keepsakes are available as a cushion, a simple cloth dog (a Teeny) or a simple rag doll (a Buddy) - both can be held in the hand or fit nicely in to a school bag. These Cloth Keepsakes are inspired by your memories that your cherished clothes hold on to. Each commission is always a privilege.