See your cherished threads transformed through our “Remember Me” commissioning service. Many of us keep certain items of clothing because they hold meaning and memories. However, these special items can remain in wardrobes or stored away. They might be your children’s baby grows, school/scouts/cadets or professional uniforms; memorabilia such as band t-shirts or tourist scarves. Perhaps your wedding dress, favorite items you no longer wear but cannot part with or your lost loved ones clothes. Barley can transform them with creativity and care into artworks, home wares, wearable items, accessories and gifts that bring comfort and joy to you and your family in the years to come.
Our “Remember Me” blanket is one of the most precious gifts we have ever received. Barley made it for us from some of the first items of clothing our daughter ever wore. Seeing the soft, well-washed and well-worn pieces beautifully stitched together brought the memories flooding back: her first smiles in the onesie with pink and green dinosaurs; watching her nap in a vest with silver bunnies embroidered on the chest; the funny gurgles and noises she made in a top bedecked with blue elephants. Now it hangs in her room, a reminder of how much she has grown and our journey together as a family. I know we will always treasure it. Molly & Mo


Look through the items of clothing or textiles that you’d like Barley to work with. The number of items will determine the quantities, size or detailing of the objects that can be made. All kinds of home wares, accessories or even refashioned garments can be created. We have a portfolio of previous commissions at Fabrications or browse our Upcycled Products in our E-Shop for inspiration.

Please contact Barley if you would like to talk through possibilities.


Make an appointment with Barley, to look through your items of clothing together, discuss ideas and costs. To give you an idea of cost a cushion starts at £40 or a blanket/quilt from £150. Prices vary according to size and level of detailing.  If you are unable to visit the studio please contact us and Barley can discuss your commission over the phone or e mail. Then put your items in the post with a covering letter  (via recorded delivery)


Once we have received your items and payment, Barley will work her magic! Lead times  can be 2 – 6 weeks depending on the time of year or the number or size of the commission. We will keep you informed and arrange collection from the studio with you or another means of delivery. The lead up to Christmas tends to be a busy time for the service so please get in touch with us in good time as we don’t like to disappoint!

“Taking my clothes I wouldn’t wear but couldn’t give away out of storage and into the hands of Barley was such a joy from start to finish. Seeing the clothes become something new to experience and use with a warm nod to the past, but very much for the future. Thrilled to see these memories out of the box and into my daily life” Sabrina
” In order to remember John, to whom I was happily married for 49 years 11 months, I asked an eco-stitcher, Barley Massey at Fabrications, to make a cocktail dress, coat and beret from his wonderful collection of ties. Barley took a great interest in the ties and built a history into the collage that was underpinned by the red in the chosen ties. My sister, Marion Scott-Baker , made the patterns. I wore it at the Rotary President’s dinner where they commemorated his life ” (Christina) My friends have been so complimentary about the ensemble. Comments have included:

*** “How original and beautiful. What a tribute to your lovely John” *** “Stunning – what a great recycling project incorporating all those memories of John” *** “What an absolutely amazing job the eco-stitcher did with John’s ties! What a beautiful outfit” *** “What an inspired idea. Such a lovely way to celebrate all those precious golden years together” ***

Dear Barley, It is difficult to know just how to say Thank You to someone I’ve not met, but who has brought me so much pleasure in the form of my ‘Grahame’s’ cushion. To feel I have been given something back that is so tangible and the essence of someone I so miss and love is beyond measure; with the added delight of actually being able to put my hands into his sleeves to hug him is so calming and lovely. I know you have done similar items for other people and can only say how lucky we are to have found someone who can relate to how we feel and who has the kindness and talent to do something about it. This will bring me, not in any sense a morbid way, so much comfort, joy and pleasure in the coming years and for that I am most sincerely grateful. Thank You. Sincerely, June
We would like to thank Barley Massey from the bottom of our hearts for making us our beautiful memory items from Darren’s clothing. We will cherish them always, and are so very grateful to her for all her very hard work and time in doing them. Thank you so much xxx Rhian, Elin & Morgan
I had 3 bears put together through Barley’s Remember Me service, using some of my late brother’s clothing. This was the first experience of death in the family and it really did shake the family up. The bears have bought a lot of joy and comfort to both my mum and my sister. It’s surprising how the clothes made into a functional something can really help to ease.. or take the sting out of a bad experience.  Mark – Paul