A first communion robe is rich in religious symbolism and rooted in tradition. This special dress should not just stay in a closet after the ceremony. The communion dress is part of a very special moment in a girl's life.
The dress should continue to have a meaningful purpose. Recycle a communion dress can give it a new life. The end result can take many forms. The only criterion for recycling a communion dress – it should continue to spread joy and happiness.
Why should you recycle a communion dress?
1. pass it on
Send a communion robe to your family or friends. Sharing such a dress can be a special experience. This can create links and continue traditions or create new ones. In practical terms, sharing can reduce costs for other families. Sometimes, some modifications can create a completely different look for the next user.
2. Preserve the dress
In the short term, First Communion robes can be used for other special occasions. They are suitable for religious ceremonies or even for special dinners and Christmas parties. However, if you plan to keep the dress for future use, you must follow proper conservation procedures. To avoid damage over time, you should consult a conservation specialist. Otherwise, you must buy a storage kit.
If you wear a dress shortly after the ceremony, you do not need to take these preventive measures. However, you must always follow proper cleaning procedures after use. Consider a professional cleaner for best results.
3. Be charitable
Charity, like recycling, can take many forms. Drop the dress in a thrift store for someone to buy at a bargain price. Some charities even give dresses to those who need them. Some organizations sell formal wear and use funds to fund an interesting project.
Some formal wear retailers recycle their dresses and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a charity. Organize your own charity project and involve your daughter. Make a private sale, but discuss with the child how you can use this money for the benefit of a charitable cause. Children can offer very creative suggestions.
Give the fabric a new life
The fabric of the first communion dress can be used in many creative ways. The use of this fabric involves a renewed life, a new purpose and a sincere expression. Creativity is the exact opposite of destruction. There are many reasons to be happy about the creative recycling of a communion dress.
4. make a flower girl basket
A flower girl basket is incredibly beautiful by itself. Yet, if you line the basket with a very special fabric, its beauty and meaning reach a whole new level. Use the clothes of a communion dress for baskets of flowers at a family wedding. You might even be able to keep some fabric for your daughter's wedding.
5. Wear something special
If you like to sew, you can easily turn a garment into a communion dress into a unique handbag. The satin, pearls and flowers of the dress work together to create a beautiful handbag. Add a nice and practical drawcord and a white knot to make it an incredible accessory.
Custom embroidery always adds an extra special touch. Use the name of the child, the date of his first communion or even a religious symbol. If you are of Irish descent, you may want to embroider Claddagh or clover. This one-of-a-kind bag can be used for future special occasions and even passed on to the next generation.
6. make a satin shawl
Dresses and shawls of first communion are often made of satin and thus marry perfectly. Of course, communion dresses and shawls are also made with other refined fabrics. You can make a beautiful shawl from any communion dress garment. Exquisite details such as glitter can be used as embellishment. For sleeveless dresses, a shawl is a dressy accessory.
7. ribbons and tie knots
Ribbons and knots have always been popular for communion robes. Large white knots were considered very elegant for girls of communion in the early twentieth century. Yet, bows and ribbons have maintained this popularity. They look charming on the communion robes. They dazzle, with glitter and pearls, in the headdresses.
A girl can never have enough ribbons and bows to wear on special occasions. You can make many accessories from a dress. Do not forget to create stylish headbands for special occasions. The headbands are always popular with young girls. The veil of communion of the headband is one of the most popular styles.
8. dress the dolls
Your little girl has certainly looked like a doll in her special dress. Most little girls would not want to share this beauty with her precious dolls. The beautiful fabrics and exquisite details of a communion dress can make well dressed dolls.
Many girls keep their special dolls and cherish them in adulthood. They are often passed from generation to generation. It's quite special to be able to give a doll to your daughter – especially if her dress is crafted in your communion dress.
9. Handkerchiefs are useful
You can make some beautiful handkerchiefs by using the fine fabric in a dress. Take the time to make them special and they can be used for future occasions. The handkerchiefs, lined with lace, can be kept for confirmation or even the wedding day of a girl.
They could be special gifts for sisters and aunts. The fabric could make pocket tissues for brothers and dads. Some creatives even made ties and bow ties from communion robes.
The idea of the handkerchief is a very effective method for recycling a stained dress. Damage may prevent the coat from being transmitted or used in any other way. However, you should be able to save enough material to make tissues.
10. Gather people
Communion robes can be recycled and turned into a tablecloth and napkins for special dinners. Family reunions are always memorable events in a child's life. A girl will be proud to know that the fabric of her dress helps to create an ideal occasion.
The tablecloth and napkins can also adorn his table when it is large. Such a white satin cloth could even be used when receiving her wedding. The fabric would be beautiful on the table displaying the wedding gold book or gifts.
11. Celebrate the holidays
Every child loves Christmas and of course the Christmas tree. Turn the communion dress into a Christmas tree skirt and see the light in a girl's eyes. You will have the best dressed Christmas tree and the happiest child. This festive Christmas tree skirt will be fashionable during every holiday season. Depending on its spectacular tree skirt, decorate the Christmas tree with white bows and garlands of pearls.
12. make a special memory
Every young girl should keep special memories of her day of communion. Make a souvenir box with precious reminders. Use a communion dress cloth to cover and line this little treasure. A girl can keep many treasures in the memory box. He may keep his medals or jewelry offered in honor of his first communion.
13. Hang on to memories
The precious pieces of the communion dress have special memories. The fabric can be part of an album of the first communion. Consider creating a framed souvenir to display with family photos. Making a shadow box is a great way to preserve memories. Use the fabric as a background and include other souvenirs such as invitations to First Communion.
14. Keep It Picture Perfect
Keep his memories safe in a beautiful photo album. Make the outside of an album as beautiful as the pictures that it contains. Cover a photo album with satin and lace of a communion dress. At first glance, it will be obvious that this album is a special book.
15. Enjoy a nice perfume
Enjoy a beautiful scent in a nice package; make a charming and durable bag. Satin and lavender make a sensational sachet. The special girl will love using them and they can also be shared with the family. You can make several fragrant sachets from a communion dress.
16. make special pillows and blankets
The sacraments of baptism and first communion share a religious meaning. Use the fabric of a communion dress for a baptism blanket. The fabric is also perfect for a pillow or baby pillow. Pass these special creations to a member of your family or keep them for your daughter. Using a pillow or baptism blanket in communion clothing would be very special for any young woman.
17. Dress up a princess
Every little girl wants to be a princess. Whether for Halloween, a play at school or just to play, each princess needs a special dress. You already have a beautiful dress. Buy extra fabric at a low price and introduce more colors and details.
A pink ruffle at the bottom of the dress is perfect for a pink princess. A pink lined cape adds a royal touch. A high princess hat with fabric flowers and a pretty net can be the crowning of a Halloween costume. Model of the dress after the favorite princess of the storybook of a little girl.
18. make a princess table
Every little princess deserves a Princess table. Make a flowing skirt for a round night table. Snaps can be used to allow the fabric to close and give it a snug fit. If the dress has a pretty bow, you can also use snaps to attach it to the skirt of the table. An ordinary round table can easily be transformed into a table worthy of royalty.
19. Keep it for a sleeping beauty
Make a skirt for the cradle of a baby communion dress. Pass it on to new parents or keep it for the future. A tiny baby will probably sleep deep in such a lovely environment. The adorable little girl or the pretty little boy will have a great start in life. Make a unique baby hat and dress with style – from head to toe.
20. Keep it for another sleeping beauty
Use her communion dress to make the prettiest room of a little princess. White is a cool and refreshing color to wake up every morning. The fabric can be used for pillowcases or decorative cushions. The delicate and crumpled material is perfect for a valance. If you want to cover the entire window, there will be enough fabric for the project.
The dress can also be used to make a bed skirt or trendy blanket. After a bedtime story, a sleeping beauty will be surrounded by beauty as she pursues her dreams. Is not this how the story should always end for every little girl?