A First Communion dress is rich in religious symbolism and steeped in tradition. This special dress should not be hung in a closet after the ceremony. The communion dress is part of a very special moment in the life of a young woman.
The dress must still have a meaningful purpose. Recycling 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 must continue to spread joy and happiness.
Why should you recycle a communion dress?
1. Pass it on
Pass a communion dress to family or friends. Sharing such a special dress can be a special experience. You can create jumps and continue traditions or start new ones. From a practical point of view, sharing can reduce costs for other families. Sometimes a few alterations can create a completely different look for the next wearer.
2. Preserve the dress
In the short term, First Communion dresses can be used for other special occasions. They are suitable for religious ceremonies or even special dinners and Christmas parties. However, if you plan to preserve the dress for use in future years, you must follow proper preservation procedures. To avoid damage over time, consult a conservation specialist. Otherwise, you must purchase a preservation kit.
If you are going to stop wearing a dress shortly after the ceremony, you do not need to take these preventive measures. However, you should 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 off the dress at a thrift store so someone else can buy it cheaply. Some charities even give dresses to those in need. Certain organizations sell formal wear and use the funds for a worthwhile project.
Some formal wear retailers recycle dresses and donate a percentage of profits to charity. Organize your own solidarity project and involve your daughter. Hold a private sale, but discuss with the child how the money can be used to benefit a charitable cause. Children can offer very creative suggestions.
Give the fabric a new life
First Communion dress fabric can be used in many creative ways. Wearing the fabric is about renewed life, new purpose, and sincere expression. Creativity is the exact opposite of destruction. There are many reasons to be happy with the creative recycling of a communion dress.
4. Make a flower girl basket
A flower girl basket is stunningly beautiful on its own. However, if you line the basket with a very special fabric, it takes its beauty and meaning to a whole new level. Use material from a communion dress for flower girl baskets at a family wedding. Perhaps she could even save some fabric for her daughter’s wedding day.
5. Bring something special
If you like sewing, you can easily turn the fabric of a communion dress into a unique bag. The satin, pearls and flowers of the dress combine to create a beautiful bag. Add a practical and pretty cord and a white bow to make an amazing accessory.
Custom embroidery always adds an extra special touch. Use the child’s name, the date of their First Communion, or even a religious symbol. If you are of Irish descent, you may want to embroider the Claddagh or shamrock. The 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
First Communion dresses and shawls are often made of satin, making them a perfect match. Of course, communion dresses and shawls are also made from other fine fabrics. You can make a splendid shawl out of any communion dress material. Exquisite details such as sequins can be used as an embellishment. For sleeveless dresses, a shawl is a stylish accessory.
7. Tie ribbons and bows
Ribbons and bows have always been popular for communion dresses. Big white bows were considered very stylish for communicants in the early 20th century. However, bows and ribbons have maintained that popularity. They look lovely in communion dresses. They dazzle, along with sequins and pearls, in headdresses.
A girl can never have enough ribbons and bows to wear on special occasions. You can make numerous accessories from a dress. Don’t forget to make some stylish headbands suitable for special occasions. Headbands are always popular with young girls. The communion veil with headband is one of the most popular styles.
8. Dress up the dolls
His little girl certainly looked like a doll in her special dress. Most girls wouldn’t mind sharing that beauty with her precious dolls. The beautiful fabrics and exquisite details of a communion dress can make for well-dressed little dolls.
Many girls keep their special dolls and cherish them as adults. They are often passed down from generation to generation. It is very special to be able to pass a doll to your daughter, especially if her dress is made with your communion dress.
9. Tissues are useful
You can make some lovely scarves using the fine fabric on a dress. Take the time to make them special and they can be used for future occasions. The lace-trimmed handkerchiefs can be saved for Confirmation or even for a girl’s wedding day.
They could be special gifts for sisters and aunts. The fabric could make pocket squares for siblings and dads. Creative individuals have even made ties and bow ties out of communion dresses.
The scarf idea is a very effective way to recycle a stained dress. The damage may prevent the gown from being passed on or used in other ways. However, you should be able to save enough material to make a few handkerchiefs.
10. Bring people together
Communion dresses can be recycled and turned into tablecloths and napkins for special dinners. Family gatherings are always memorable events in a child’s life. A girl will take pride in knowing that the fabric of her dress is helping to create a perfect occasion.
The tablecloth and napkins can also adorn her table when she is a grown woman. Such a satiny white fabric could even be used at her wedding reception. The fabric would look beautiful on the table displaying the wedding guest book or gifts.
11. Celebrate the holidays
All children love Christmas and of course the Christmas tree. She turns the communion dress into a Christmas tree skirt and sees 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 look on-trend during every holiday season. To match her spectacular tree skirt, decorate the Christmas tree with white bows and pearl garlands.
12. Make a special memory
Each girl should keep special memories of her communion day. Make a keepsake box to store the precious reminders of her. Use communion dress fabric to cover and line this little treasure. A girl can store many treasures inside the keepsake box. It may contain her medals or jewelry gifts given in honor of her First Communion.
13. Hold on to memories
Precious pieces of the communion dress keep special memories. The fabric can be part of a First Communion scrapbook. Consider making a framed keepsake 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 favors such as First Communion invitations.
14. Keep it perfect
Keep your memories safe and secure in a beautiful photo album. Make the outside of an album as beautiful as the photos inside its covers. Cover a photo album with the 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 aroma
Enjoy a beautiful scent in a pretty package; make a lovely and durable little bag. Satin and lavender make a sensational envelope. The special little girl will love wearing them and they can also be shared with the family. You can make several sweet-smelling bags with a communion dress.
16. Make special pillows and blankets
The sacraments of Baptism and First Communion share a religious meaning. Use fabric from a communion dress for a baptismal blanket. The fabric is also perfect for a ring bearer or baby pillow. Pass these special creations on to a family member or keep them for your daughter. Using a ring pillow or baptismal blanket, made from your communion dress, would be very special for any young woman.
17. Dress up a princess
Every girl wants to be a princess. Whether it’s for Halloween, a school play or just to play, every princess needs a special dress. You already have a beautiful dress. Buy additional fabric at a low price and introduce more color and details.
A full pink ruffle at the bottom of the dress is perfect for a pink princess. A pink lined cape adds a royal touch. A tall princess hat with fabric flowers and a pretty net can be the crowning glory of a Halloween costume. She models the dress after a little girl’s favorite storybook princess.
18. Make a princess table
Every little princess deserves a princess table. Make a loose skirt for a round nightstand. Snaps can be used to allow the fabric to close and give it a fitted look. If the dress has a pretty bow, you can also use barrettes to attach it to the table skirt. An ordinary round table can easily be transformed into a table fit for royalty.
19. Save it for a sleeping beauty
Make a skirt for a baby’s crib with the communion dress. Pass it on to new parents or save it for the future. Most likely, a small baby will sleep soundly in such lovely surroundings. The lovely girl or the cute baby will have a beautiful start in life. Make a one-of-a-kind baby hat and dress your little one in style from head to toe.
20. Save it for another sleeping beauty.
Use her communion dress to make the most beautiful bedroom for a little princess. White is a cool and refreshing color to wake up to every morning. The fabric can be used for pillow covers or decorative cushions. The delicate, ruffled material is perfect for a window 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 full bed skirt or a fashion bedspread. After a bedtime story, a sleeping beauty will find herself surrounded by beauty as she follows her dreams. Isn’t that the way the story should always end for every girl?