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Memory Artwork

Capture childhood memories using a simple fabric silhouette technique from author and illustrator Sujean Rim, inspired by her book "Birdie's Big-Girl Dress."


  • Clothing templates
  • Color photocopier (or scanner and color printer)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or stapler and staples
  • Iron (optional)
  • Iron-on adhesive paper (optional)
  • Craft knife or small scissors
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • White pencil
  • Frame


  1. Step 1

    Download and print out templates.

  2. Step 2

    Create paper “fabric” by photocopying in color (or scanning and printing in color) desired pieces of clothing.

  3. Step 3

    Using tape or stapler, attach desired template to paper “fabric,” being sure to tape or staple outside of template outline. (Tip: If working with actual fabric, use an iron to attach adhesive paper to back of fabric before tracing and cutting.)

  4. Step 4

    Using a craft knife or small scissors, cut out shape.

  5. Step 5

    Arrange various clothing shapes as desired on a piece of heavyweight paper cut to fit desired frame.

  6. Step 6

    Secure shapes to paper with double-sided tape and add names, dates and other information concerning each clothing piece using a white pencil. (Tip: If using adhesive backed fabric, remove paper backing before taping down.)

  7. Step 7

    Place artwork in frame and secure into place.

Reviews (8)

  • Embro Thistle Singers Ets 18 May, 2012

    You need a PDF reader to open the templates. Either Adobe reader or Foxit reader will do the trick.

  • MsFrost 8 May, 2012

    please fix the error so we can print these templates... cannot wait to do this awesome project!!!

  • MomOfJnM 6 May, 2012

    Yes, please fix the link to the templates! This is such a cute idea, I'd love to try it!

  • maflransplant 6 May, 2012

    Love the idea but also cannot link into template. Hope someone can fix this link!

  • baby_doll007 6 May, 2012

    I get the same error message when trying to print templates :(

  • Tophen 6 May, 2012

    The templates will not come up! Can this be fixed?

  • linda4158 6 May, 2012

    When I try to download and print template, I get "error code 404, page not found". Can you help me?

  • jaadamy 6 May, 2012

    This is the CUTEST idea and what a great way to remember what my little ones wore. I can't wait to try this out!