Decorate My Home, Part 23 – 2D Clothes and Clothesline

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Okay, another addition to the boy/girl toddler room.  
(Other toddler room ideas here, here, here, and here.)
But this time……I started tackling the bare walls.
I created a “clothesline” full of boy and girl clothes.
And used all sorts of bright and vivid scraps, leftover from the other projects in the room.
All neatly hung on a metal wire.
The clothes are 2D and can’t really be worn……..and are attached to the wire with little metal clips.
Kind of fun to have something new to look at on those plain white walls.  
(And more will be added later on…..hooray.)
And because there is a slight slope to the wire, I added little balls of hot glue to the wire in some places, to keep the hooks from slipping down towards the middle.  Worked perfectly.
Want to create your own little 2D pieces of clothing in just the right colors for a nursery/toddler room?
I first cut out all of the clothing shapes that I wanted to use, in the colors that I wanted them.  I also cut out that same shape in a piece of felt for the center, and then in plain white cotton for the backing.
See the 3 pieces needed for each shape?
Then I stacked the 3 pieces and sewed all the way around them, and trimmed any un-even edges as needed.
**I did this with every single piece of clothing before going onto the next step (except for the scarf).**
Then I started adding little details and embellishments to each piece of clothing.  
Here is the plain bathing suit shape…..
And then I cut a long skinny rectangle, hemmed each raw edge, gathered it up, and attached it to the waist of the bathing suit……making a nice simple ruffle.   
(Need help with gathering/making ruffles?  Click here.)
The scarf is just 2 pieces of cotton, sewn together along each long edge (with right sides out).  Then I cut strips in each end, creating a fringe.  (And nope, no felt in the middle.)
For the underwear, I cut a basic underwear shape…
Then I added a  wide piece of felt as the waistband and then long skinny strips for the underwear detail.  (This one cracks my husband up every time he sees it.  I think it’s his favorite one.)
For the shorts, I started with a basic short shape…….
Then added a strip of felt to the waist band and sewed all the way around.  Then I sewed little lines all the way down the waistband, to give it that “elastic waist band” type look.  The pockets are to different rectangle shapes, attached to the sides……to look like cargo pockets.
For the little dress, I only cut the top shape of the dress and sewed it together with felt.  But for the bottom, I cut a large rectangle, hemmed under each raw edge……..
Then gathered it up and attached it to the top section.
(Need help with gathering/making ruffles?  Click here.) 
 And just for fun, I made a flower by cutting out some uneven circles, stacking them together, then sewing them right to the dress with a few stitches through the center of the flower.  (Sorry, you can’t really see the center stitches.)

For the pants, I started with my basic shape…….
 Then sewed in the pocket and zipper detail with contrasting thread.  The belt is made from felt and is two different pieces, to look like it wraps around like a belt does…..with a little square (belt buckle?) sewn into the middle.

 For the skirt/leggings, I started with a basic pant shape, then created a ruffle the same way as the ruffles above……..
Then attached the skirt to the leggings.
For the monster shirt, I began with the shirt shape…….
Then cut out a monster face from cotton scraps and sewed it right onto the shirt.
This shirt began the same way…….
But I just added strips of felt to the center of the shirt, the collar, and the ends of the sleeves.
And in case you’re wondering, I got the wire and metal wall mount at Ikea.

Once the “clothesline” was hung……my little girl wondered if they were doll clothes that she could put on her baby.  So we had to have a talk about the clothes only being decorations…..and not for playing with.  She realized that there was no way to squeeze them over here baby’s head, so I think we’re good to go.
And my little guy, well, he could care less.
To see other projects  in the Decorate My Home Series……click on the image below.

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71 Responses to “Decorate My Home, Part 23 – 2D Clothes and Clothesline”
  1. 1
    Theresa says:

    What a cute idea for a nursery or toddler's room…how come I see all these great ideas now that my girls are 20 and 19?

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    erin, maker of chimes says:

    Oh my goodness, that is super cute!

  3. 3
    Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) says:

    Holy darling! You seriously have the best ideas. :)

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    Hollie says:

    Absolutely adorable! And I don't even have kids. But this would be a great gift or a decoration for a baby shower or even changing out clothing and doing flowers in the same manner would be great for a sewing room. Thanks for sharing!

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    WannaBcrafty says:

    I know I seem to say this every time but come on that is SERIOUSLY SO STINKING CUTE!! Love the idea :)

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    Jami Balmet says:

    Wow! That is SUCH a cute idea and the PERFECT touch to that room! so cute!!

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    Leanne says:

    That is adorable and so creative. It's perfect for a boy/girl room. Have a great weekend!

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    Amber says:

    How cute is this!! Love it! Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

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    Jennwith4 says:

    Those are so adorable! Thank you for sharing a tutorial!

  10. 10
    Amber says:

    So so so cute! I love this idea! I might have to steal it :)

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    NatureGirl says:

    I did that in my laundry room a few years ago…but yours is way cuter! Love the colors…

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    [email protected] says:

    I did this a couple of months ago in the nursery, only I adhered the fabric right to the walls! Yours is much more detailed and awesome than mine :-)

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    Stephanie says:

    That sure does brighten up the wall doesn't it? Just darling. I love the inventive way you added the glue. I wonder if clothes pins would of worked? Just too darn cute.

  14. 14
    Lisa says:

    Wow! What a great idea for a toddler room! It's so cute and fun!

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    Sara says:

    You've got to be kidding…this is adorable! We've done something like this for a baby shower, hanging real baby clothes….so cute!

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    she wears flowers says:

    This is precious! And, I love the colors!

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    Maria Gridley says:

    Thats adorable!! What a fun idea for the kids room! :) Love all the bright colors too!

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    Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Okay, seriously? This is beyond adorable. It's abso-freaking-lutely brilliant. I'm in love with those adorable 2D clothes you made!

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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    Laura W. says:

    How freakin' adorable is that?!? I LOVE it!!! Great job!

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    rainbowcreek says:

    Oh that looks like fun, love the detail on those cute little undershorts! Now I suppose you are going to have to whip out some baby doll clothes for your little girly to play with. My mom used to make little outfits for my dollies from scraps, I loved dressing them in those special clothes that matched mine. We didn't have American Girl back then, but my mom was ahead of the curve when it came to cool girl stuff!

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    Kristin Dyer says:

    love it!

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    ReFabulous says:

    Adorable. I love this idea…. the possibilities are unlimited!

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    sisters4saymoreismore says:

    freaking the cutest thing EVER!! my little girls would LOVE this!!!!!!


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    Bet says:

    It's fantastyc. I think I'll used it in my home!

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    Bea says:

    awww.. the colors are so bright and eye catching!

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    Rachel D says:

    The underwear is my favorite – just the right touch of whimsy to make me laugh.

    What a great idea to tie together all of the colors of the room. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I have visions of doing this for a baby shower bunting.

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    Linda says:

    Really nice :o)

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    Very Verdant says:

    How cute…the tiny undis make me laugh!

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    Stay Funny says:

    this is the most adorable idea ever!

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    Sandy(Helping you store what matters most) says:

    So very cute! I love all of the colors you picked! So bright and cheery!
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    Ruth @ Hammer and Thread says:

    So cute. I love the colors

  32. 32
    Kimbur says:

    So cute!! I sure do love the ikea fabric!

  33. 33
    aga says:

    Simple and perfect!
    Love your blog!

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    bethanndodd says:

    just adorable!! i am so mad we don't have an ikea here :(. that clothesline would be so perfect for my boys' artwork.

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    bethanndodd says:

    just adorable!! i am so mad we don't have an ikea here :(. that clothesline would be so perfect for my boys' artwork or maybe even for my sewing room…hmmmmm.

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    Elisa and Morgan says:

    You are too talented for your own good. That is awesome, super cute!

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    Tyrell says:

    You are so amazing. I LOVE your creativity!

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    Kay says:

    I'm thinking that maybe a huge "paper doll" might be a good idea to go with this!!

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    Barbara says:

    These are fantastic, the pants with the belt crack me up, you are so clever!

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    The Robinsons says:

    I think this is my favorite of you projects, to date! LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Jason and Danielle says:

    I love it. So simple and so cute!

  42. 42
    silvia santos says:

    Adorei a dica. JA VOU FAZER E TE SEGUIR…

  43. 43
    Lee Ann says:

    So very, very cute! love it.

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    angie says:

    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I love the undies. Love them!

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    tracyp says:

    Loved that! Thanks I needed a pick me up this morning! My family loved looking at all the pictures too.

  46. 46
    Suzy D. says:

    how cute!
    I'm in love with the
    "tighty reddies" I see why your hubby laughs everytime he sees them.
    This would be great for a
    baby shower too!

  47. 47
    KaraP says:

    So VERY VERY adorable! I love the idea of using it for a baby shower or laundry room too.

    Great blog! You have some fun ideas!

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    [email protected] says:

    Aww! That is so, so cute! I love it! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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    eileensideways says:

    that is just the cutest idea ever!

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    Shannon says:

    can I just say you have some amazing ideas! I am so glad that I found your blog and love to see all the new things that you come up with because my brain is not creative but I can create what others have done:) Thanks for being amazing!

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    Kallie says:

    Cute and funny idea! I love it!

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    Haley @ Hammer and Thread says:

    Oh MY! This is adorable. I think it will make a perfect sewing room decoration! YAY!

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    Melissa says:

    I use a similar set up to display my kids' (2 and 3) artwork. They love seeing the display change as they create new things.

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    dana says:

    Cute Ashley! Fun idea

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    nsmerkt says:

    This is possibly the most adorable thing that I have ever seen! This would be so cute in our laundry room! Love this! Thanks for sharing it!

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    hoyoyi says:

    really love your fun idea!!! I think all kids will love to have that to play with ^ ^

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    Serena says:

    wow! This is super cute!

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    Heather says:

    Thank you for doing what you do. I love reading your blog. You inspire my creativity and with your instructions, I can actually do the projects you show. I know that as a mom your life is probably crazy busy, thank you for taking time to share with the rest of us.

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    Adele says:

    Oh my heavens… What a cute idea… Wow!! I'm amazed at the detail. I'm not sure I have the patience to make all of those though!

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    Colleen says:

    My favourite among all the beautiful things is the Just Rosie notecards…and for them to have real wool felt flowers is just amazing.
    Best Wishes from DownUnder (Australia), Colleen

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    Stacy Wilson says:

    These are SO cute. I've seen it before with real clothes, but I love your idea better. I think it makes it more kid friendly. LOVE it.

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    [email protected] says:

    Darling! I am featuring this at

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    Jujuba Artes says:

    Tudo muito lindo!Parabéns!Vou te seguir!Beijokas

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    Irma Andréia says:

    Que lindo trabalho!! Parabens!

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    Stephanie says:

    Cute! Speaking of doll clothes…have you made any? I would love to see a tutorial for something like that!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dd school uses a clothesline something like this to hang the kids art work. I'm going to do one for the girls art work in their room.

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    lucyl says:

    so adorable and colorful for kids super nice tnx for the idea