My super talented friend Elyse asked me late last summer if I would be interested in putting a bunch of their t-shirts together into a comfy blanket. I was hesitant at first, but she convinced me that they didn’t want anything too fancy and that I could take my time with it. I finished it all up last week (seven months to the day), and I love how it turned out! I kind of wanted to keep it for myself!
T-shirt Quilt/Blanket tips and what I did:
- Iron interfacing to the back of each shirt square. It takes some extra time, but is very helpful when sewing on the really thin shirts.
- I used fleece for the back of the quilt, and I didn’t use any batting or extra layers of fabric on the inside. Elyse wanted it to be pretty lightweight (like a throw), and I would say it’s borderline heavyweight with the fleece alone.
- After getting the quilt sewed together I added a stitch (see the detailed pictures above) around the entire outside edge of the quilt. It really gives the quilt a finished look since I didn’t use any binding.
- I “quilted” down the seam of each column. The stitch is in the ditch, so unless you look really closely you don’t even notice it on the front. This holds the front and back securely together.
- My steps for the front were: wash and iron shirts, outline a square that I want to cut, trim shirts a bit bigger than the square, iron interfacing to the back of each shirt, trim down to my outline, arrange squares in a good layout, sew squares together in rows, sew rows together.
When I delivered the finished blanket Elyse’s husband Ryan said, “Oh I’ve been looking for that shirt, and that one!” (Elyse reminded him that he’d okayed all the shirts included in the quilt.) After a weekend of spring weather it’s turned cold again today, so hopefully they’re enjoying their re-purposed shirts!
Do you have any big weekend plans? I’ve got a few things going on and some other exciting tidbits.
Some people get very excited about Easter candy hitting the store shelves. I do enjoy picking up a bag of Starburst jelly beans which you can find this time of year, but this has been the first year I’ve hunted down a specific Easter candy. I discovered Cadbury’s Royal Dark Mini Eggs last year and have been checking shelves for them all month. My dad finally found some in Kansas, and when I went for a visit last weekend I stocked up on a few bags. A friend said she found some at Target in OKC, so I’ll have to check there the day after Easter and see if I find any on clearance. Do you have a favorite Easter candy?
I purchased my first DSLR camera today! My little point and shoot camera stopped working a while back and I’ve been getting by borrowing from friends when necessary. My Nikon will take a week or so to arrive, and I cannot wait!
One of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan, is coming to OKC this weekend and we’re going to see him. I think there are still tickets left, so if you need something to do Sunday night it should be a good show!
I am super close to finishing the t-shirt quilt I’m making for my friend Elyse. Eight more seams.
I’m making Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas for dinner tonight.
Some friends are getting married this weekend at IAO. I think an art gallery would be a cool venue to get married at, so I’m looking forward to seeing how everything looks, and the fun time celebrating with friends!
Source: IAOgallery.org via Flickr
My grandma was telling me about her garden and a book she got, Lasagna Gardening. So I’m going to pick up a copy from the library on the way home for some light weekend reading.
Have a good one!
Christmas and the weeks surrounding it are my favorite. I love to put up decorations, drive around and look at the pretty lights, attend holiday parties, shop for or make gifts and give gifts. I do enjoy receiving gifts too, but I really love to think up something special that my friends and family will enjoy and then surprise them with it. I don’t have any pictures of all the things I’ve done the past several years, but honestly I would spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect thing to make (until Pinterest came along and now I just keep running lists!), so all of my ideas were someone else’s first. So without further ado here are some possible things to gift people with.
Little wristlet via: Splityarn
Mini pies in jars via: not martha
Fabric roses via: Everyday Chaos
Magnets via: not martha
T-shirt infinity scarf via: A Bit of Sunshine
T-shirt fringe scarf via: P.S. I made this
Granola via: Chocolate & Zucchini
(This is some seriously good granola that you should at least make for yourself!)
Ornaments via: Paloma’s Nest
(I love the simplicity of these to commemorate the date. A friend hosted a get together and we made ones similar and had them fired at a local clay shop.)
Calendars via: Rifel Paper Co.
(This is my 2013 calendar, and there are tons of others to be bought. However with a design program (or through a printing company) and a little time you can make one that’s personalized with your own photos or art).
Shop local – a few years ago I promised myself that every gift I purchased would come from a local shop. It was a fun little challenge and made for unique gifts. I ended up buying things like a case of pop from Pop’s, canned goods from Forward Foods, a headband from ShopGood, a funky pair of socks from Blue 7, candles from A Story of Hope, and a tie rose from a booth at Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar.
I’ve got a few different things up my sleeve for this year, but I don’t want to ruin any surprises, so I’ll share them after they’ve been gifted! Good luck on your Christmas shopping or creating!
If you didn’t know the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the NBA finals against the Miami Heat, and the bosses at work are letting us wear our Thunder apparel until the series is over. So I decided an extra shirt would be nice and cut up another XL one I had. I made this one with short sleeves (rather than the 3/4 length). It was a little more work that I intended, but my grandma who is a sewing genius helped me out and it turned out pretty well!
If you want to do your own I measured like my 3/4 length sleeved shirt, basted the sides, trimmed the extra shirt, pulled out the basting, cut off the sleeves, cut the sleeves open, laid everything flat, sewed the sleeves back on, and then sewed the sides up just like the other shirt.
If you follow the NBA or live in the OKC area you probably know that the Oklahoma City Thunder have made it to the second round of the playoffs and are now in a series against the Lakers. At work during the playoffs they let us wear Thunder t-shirts. Last year they let us wear jeans and Thunder shirts every single day of the week while the Thunder were in the playoffs which was a bit of a problem laundry wise since I only had my Nick Collison Thunder jirt. While it might have been fun to buy four new Thunder shirts, it also could have gotten a little pricey.
I’d collected several free thunder shirts while attending games, but it was the usual story. All free shirts are XL, and I prefer to wear my t-shirts in size XS. In the past I’d toyed with the idea of cutting XL shirts down and re-sewing them to fit me, but I just didn’t know how to go about it without the shirt ending up looking weird. But I needed extra shirts ASAP, so I started doing research. There are a lot of how to videos out there detailing different ways to cut up and re-do your big t-shirts, but below is the very helpful and basic one I followed. The only things I did differently was measure the sides with a ruler to make sure I was cutting similar amounts off each side, and pin the front and back together so that they stayed in place better while sewing.
And here’s how one of my shirts turned out:
I am pretty happy with it, and I’m always getting complements on it because you can’t buy a shirt like this. You can probably see in the picture that the shoulder seams do come down a bit far, but really it’s not too noticeable and doesn’t bother me. One of these days I might try out a shirt where I cut off the sleeves and bring the shoulders up to their correct spot and then sew the sleeves back on.