I don鈥檛 know about you, but I have a huge box of my daughter鈥檚 old baby clothes that I鈥檓 hanging onto for purely sentimental reasons. I cherish them too much to donate or give away, and since we鈥檙e a one-kid household, it鈥檚 not like I鈥檓 saving them to put on another baby. These tiny threads are currently living in our basement, all but forgotten. But they shouldn鈥檛 be. There are quite a few wonderful ways to utilize those prized pieces of apparel and give them a new life, from a DIY rag rug to a super adorable stuffed kids toy. Check out these five ideas for upcycling inspo.

Baby Quilt

1. Make a quilt. Making a quilt out of old clothing has been an American tradition for eons. Take the Quilts of Gee鈥檚 Bend: These stunning blankets were made from worn-out work clothes and feed sacks, as the earliest American settlers didn鈥檛 have the luxury of throwing out fabric and instead upcycled the scraps to make bedding. Yep, recycling has always been cool! Be inspired by history, and create a quilt using your baby鈥檚 old clothing. If you need help getting started, take our Quilting Online Class. If you鈥檙e not up for doing it yourself, then rush over to Etsy seller Atelier Six, who will create a gorgeous quilt 鈥 like the one above 鈥 for you using your fabrics. (Photo via Etsy/Atelier Six)

Baby Pillow

2. Make a pillow. If a quilt is too much of a commitment, a pillow is a far smaller (and easier) option. You can be inspired by traditional quilt patterns OR do something totes original. If you鈥檇 like to outsource this DIY, you can send your baby鈥檚 clothing to Memory Thread Co., and they鈥檒l whip up an incredibly sweet pillow for you. (Photo via Etsy/Memory Thread Co.)

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3. Make a stuffie. How adorable is this whale stuffie made from old cast-off clothing? SO CUTE! While you could make your own teddy bear or bunny, we鈥檙e lovin鈥 Etsy maker Keepsake Softies鈥 take on transforming scraps into stuffed animal greatness. Along with the whale, they can also make a monkey, an elephant, a giraffe or, yes, a bear out of your baby鈥檚 clothing. (Photo via Etsy/Keepsake Softies)

Baby Banner

4. Make a baby name banner. Personalize your baby鈥檚 nursery with their name made with their old clothing. Memory Thread Co. creates these lovely upcycled banners using old baby apparel. These festive banners are a perfect mix of being adorable, sentimental and personalized. (Photo via Etsy/Memory Thread Co.)

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5. Make a rug. Give your baby鈥檚 cast-offs a TOTALLY new life as a rug 鈥 yes, a rug. If you have piles of onesies, shirts and dresses destined for the recycling bin, this is the project for you (especially if the pieces aren鈥檛 worthy of passing on to another baby). Everyday Art has a simple tutorial on how to totally transform those old clothes into something oh-so-practical. (Photo via Everyday Art)

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