Friday, October 20, 2006

recycled memories

Got the t-shirt, saved it, made it into a quilt

t-shirt quilt

Many years ago I saw a picture of a t-shirt quilt in a magazine, so I started saving the kids' t-shirts - remnants of summer camp, vacations, events. I cut them out and made them into comforters with thick batting tied together with yarn, and gave them to the girls one Christmas when they were grown. Carrie's is packed away, nice and safe, she likes to 'save' things.

Not long ago I was at Melissa's house watching the kids, and when I was tucking Madison into bed, there was the t-shirt quilt, obviously well-used and much worse for wear. The batting was all lumped up in the bottom, the yarn ties had made holes in the shirts. I was at the same time glad they were using it and disappointed at the state of disrepair. I brought it here to the quilt hospital.

I searched the internet for t-shirt quilts, and found a LOT of pictures and even directions. I am working on fixing it up, hopefully doing it right this time, using a fusible stabilizer for the stretchy shirts, and backing it with flannel for even more coziness.

The kids love the reminders of their past (this one represents elementary school, middle school, Grand Canyon, gymnastics, summer camp, girl scouts) so if you have little ones, start saving those shirts and by the time they are ready to leave home, you will have plenty for a quilt too!


Motherkitty said...

We're going to start calling you the quilt doctor. What a terrific idea! I know my mother used to save remnants of dresses and other items of clothing she made the kids to make quilts, but I have never heard of using T-shirts for quilts.

I'm sure this one will look fabulous when you are finished doing your magic.

jellyhead said...

I have never heard of this, but what a brilliant idea it is! Memories all wrapped up in a quilt - how perfect.

Your creativity always makes me wish I could sew, quilt, do anything like this!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. If I could quilt I could make a quilt out of all my son's baseball t shirts.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I used the kids clothes to make them quilted Christmas stockings one year and they loved them, but I never thought of saving their t-shirts for a comforter...What a great idea you had Mrs. Quilt Doctor!!!

The kids love anything that have memories attached to them.

Judith said...

I haven't quilted in ages & ages, however, I have considered making a t-shirt quilt as I have saved all my kids t-shirts from when they were growing up (hard to throw them away!). I have such a stack of t-shirts taking up room, it would be fun to make a quilt out of them. I love what you have done. I bet the kids do like the quilt. Thanks for inspiring!

colleen said...

Great idea. The T-shirts can provide a history of someone's life.