You wouldn’t know this if you met him, but my husband is well….the sentimental type. As in he has about a million shirts that he doesn’t want to get rid of because they all have “special meanings” to him. He’s got more closet space that I do, and a big dresser! And still! He has no room for all his clothes! There’s stuff in there that he’s maybe worn twice since we’ve been dating (4+ years!!) Buuuut…in all honesty, I also think it’s sweet 🙂 So I told him that if he gave me the shirts he doesn’t wear anymore, I’d make a quilt from them. This was sometime last year….I was actually kind of dreading it, as I knew it would be a lot of work…and it was….but I finally got to it today, after packing away all my summer clothes (wahhhh!!! 😦 ) And it was so worth it, it came out SO COOL! And now, I have so much plain scrap fabric left over that I can’t wait to use! The process is really, really simple, it’s just really time consuming. I just decided I wanted to get it up on the blog, so I forced myself to finish it up today (even if my sewing machine was hot as an oven and yelling at me by the end of it). I would suggest NOT doing that lol.
I started by measuring all the prints on each shirt. I did this to find the largest one, so I knew how big each square would be. The largest one was 13in. So I cut a 13in x 13in square out, and used it as a guide for all the other ones. I cut the front of the shirt and back (for the back of the quilt).
I had 16 shirts all together, so I wanted to do 4 squares by 4 squares to make it an even square. I started by pinning and sewing 4 squares together to get one long strip. I sewed right sides together, but I actually wish I had the raw seam on the outside to give it more of a “raggedy” look to it. I sewed about 1/4 of an inch from the edge, but no matter what the measurement, you need to stick to it for all the pieces you sew together so it stays a perfect square. Mine was a little off, but luckily not too noticeable.
I repeated all of this for the back pieces and then finally sewed both the front and back together (right sides together) leaving a little opening to pull it through. Sew the hole closed by hand or sewing machine, and admire your awesome new quilt! My husband loved it (can you tell from his face? lol) 🙂
P.S. Would also be great for baby clothes!!
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