Published on January 14th, 2009 | by Lenore MacLeod-Bickley22
Think Twice: Reusing Items for Double Duty
I am all about making things last around my household. If I can turn a bunch of men’s ties into a skirt, I’m as giddy as a little kid on Christmas. Where one might see something destined to head to the landfill, I see a plethora of craft ideas just waiting for me to get started on.
My favorite double duty craft is the t-shirt quilt. I readily admit that I love t-shirts, and I buy a lot of them at any given time, which means that I grow out of them pretty quickly. I started saving shirts that I wasn’t going to wear anymore, and instead of chucking them out the door I collected them by theme and color. After a few months of this, I had enough to make a quilt! It’s super easy, and you don’t have to be a sewing master to make one. Here’s a few quick and easy tips, and you can be making your own t-shirt quilt.
- Collect shirts of a common color or theme. If they’re stained or ripped, that’s okay.
- Cut out an area, at least 3 inches square. If you cut the back part of the shirt, too, then you’ve got fabric for the other side of the quilt and don’t need backing.
- Pin two sides of the squares together, with the design-sides facing towards each other. Sew a straight line, at least a 1/4 inch from the edge. Continue until all your pieces are sewn together. Do the same for the back pieces.
- Sew the front and back pieces together similar to how you did the other pieces; design-sides facing the inside. Sew three of the four edges this way, then turn it inside out. Sew the last edge with the quilt the right-side out. If you want to include a batting or liner, put it in between the sides before sewing.
Now you have a finished quilt! There are lots of little embellishments you can make on your quilt once you’re done, which make it even more personalized. Not only do you have a great, comfy quilt where before you had a pile of shirts, but you saved those shirts from being thrown into the garbage.
[Image credit: LadyKat at Flickr]