Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not another shirt!

I'm trying to clean and tidy a little each week (outside the normal housework). This week I decided to sort through old clothing destined for the op shop. After making this quilt, which included a lot of synthetic fabrics, I thought I would never make another quilt out of shirts. However, when feeling these soft, 100% cotton shirts, I decided to salvage them ala Bonnie Hunter. I also get a lot of inspiration from Julie.

So I snipped off buttons and de-constructed the shirts eliminating all the seams. Each shirt easily yields more than a half metre of useable fabric. 25 shirts in all. I will probably work with them next year (a starting year). Unless of course my resolve weakens...

Have you ever made a quilt out of shirts?

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

I have a shirt quilt needing to be finished before Christmas! I've used 3 shirts and may need to snatch another from my son's closet in order to finish.. You have the hardest/most time consuming part done, the deconstruction.

Allie said...

I would LOVE to do this, and I'm going to be looking for cotton shirts - great pile you have going there!

julieQ said...

How fun! I love that pile of wonderfully soft fabrics...can't wait to see what you come up with!

Barb said...

No, I haven't made a quilt out of shirts...but it is just something that my grandmother would do and I think it is a great thing to do, I have seen some awesome quilts reacently made from shirts...

Shasta said...

No I haven't made a quilt out of shirts but I definitely want to. I need to start collecting the shirts. It looks like a great pile of shirts you have there.

Sue said...

I haven't made a shirt quilt yet but I have stripped the "skeletons" out of dozens of old shirts to get ready. It's all stashed in a crate waiting waiting waiting.....I need a starting year too.

Good Earth Quilting said...

Absolutely, I've used all sorts of recycled clothing to gain the fabric still usable and then it won't get wasted in some landfill. I love your version, very manly. I'm also collecting a bunch of plaids from husbands shirts, I'm getting close to having enough to start soon.

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