(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

We are always looking for smart ways to confront the proliferation of newly outgrown baby clothes, so this fresh idea struck a chord. Alisa Burke turns favorites from her daughter's wardrobe into beautiful soft toys.

Alisa took her scissors to sentimental favorites and garments with interesting patterns to form the creatures' bodies, backed them with stablizer and created the faces with free motion sewing. The front and back were attached with a zigzag stitch before legs, arms and ears were made out of sleeves and scraps. The resulting coterie have a new life as toys, design objects and keepsakes. See more of the creatures and other great projects on Alisa's blog.

(Image: Alisa Burke; used with permission)