Published on May 14th, 2009 | by Jackie Hernandez13
A Son Wrapped in his Father’s Shirts: Repurposed Dress Shirt Quilt
After I saw this I decided there is no way I am letting my husband donate his old dress shirts to Goodwill ever again. At least not until I have made a dress shirt quilt for my son. How endearing for a son to have a quilt made from his father’s dress shirt? Repurposed denim quilts always seemed a little too country for my tastes, but a dress shirt quilt can be as modern as the shirts used to make it.
This dress shirt quilt was made by Brooke of Inchmark for her son. Brooke is the former Senior Art Director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Kids. She is a mother of two and describes herself as an amateur sewer. Her blog Inchmark is simply gorgeous and full of lovely ideas (what else would you expect from one of Martha’s formwer employees?).
Brooke made this quilt from her husbands old dress shirts. Now I don’t think it is any stretch of the imagination to cut up dress shirts for quilting fabric, but what Brooke did that I really love is she made the quilt in such a way that it is obvious it came from dress shirts. She made sure to leave “a pocket here, a placket there.” She pieced together spare scraps of the shirt fabric to make the quilt binding. I love the sweet “Love Mom” cross-stitch she added to the backing.
Brooke says she has not washed the quilt yet, because she is paranoid about washing it. I can completely understand the desire to preserve something you have worked so hard to make and when properly cared for will be a family heirloom. To properly care for your new quilt check out these tips for washing, displaying, and storing quilts.
[Images by Brooke Reynolds for Inchmark]