Framing Childhood Clothing

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My mom kept a little blue corduroy shirt I wore as a child.  I decided to put it into a frame.

Maybe you have something cute from your childhood that you would like to keep too.  Here’s how you could frame it…


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I bought an IKEA picture frame for $7.99 (RIBBA 23 x 23 cm).

I wanted something with a bit of depth to tuck the shirt inside the frame (I didn’t want to cut it, but you might want to).  You’ll want to decide if you want to display the entire article of clothing or a section of it. I also chose a square shape to feature the lace and button details of the shirt versus using a shadow box and displaying the entire thing.


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To get started, place the matting on top of your piece of clothing.  This way you can move it around to see how you would like it to look. With a hand on each side of the matting, carefully flip it over and place face down in your frame.


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With the RIBBA 23 x 23, there is a lot of space in the back of the frame.  I didn’t want to tape the clothing in place as I thought it could move over time. So I decided to fill the back with crumpled white computer paper.


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I purposely put a longer crumpled piece along the base of the frame, underneath the bottom of the shirt.  I didn’t want the shirt to slide down once hung.  I chose not to use newspaper because I wasn’t sure if the ink would affect the shirt over time.  I’m sure there are lots of different stuffing materials that could be used (and probably something better than computer paper!) I just wanted something light in weight that wouldn’t transfer colour.

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Once completely filled, grab your backing and press down as you bend the fasteners into place.


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I will admit that I took my backing off twice because I wasn’t happy with how the shirt looked once everything was put together (it had shifted to the side a bit when moving paper around).  It was a quick fix though.

If it happens to you, just take a few pieces of paper out, reposition, and then peek at the front again before putting everything back into place.

In the end, I’m really happy with how it turned out…


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Framing a piece of childhood clothing is a quick and inexpensive project to artistically keep a little piece of you from the past.

I hope you give it a try!   If you do, tag me on instagram @verylainie. I would love to see what you make.



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