Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trippin'.... err, I mean Skippin' Down Memory Lane

This is something I've been planning to do for a while.
We had all these t-shirts that we did not want to part with.
Problem: We have Some-er Disease.
Ever hear of it?
~Some are takin' up valuable closet space.
~Some are from college so they.... ahem... fit a little snuggly.
~Some are just from special events that we never really wore at all.
~Some are ones I would never wear, but are reminders of special places.
~Some I just had to pull out of the closet for "filler"

I have been on such a sewing kick lately. I go through phases. I always love to sew, but I'll go 3-4 months without touching my sewing machine sometimes.  Then I start again and can't stop.

My quest was to get this pile of t-shirts off the dining room table and turn them into a quilt.
I'm not an expert sewer, I'll apologize now for the lack of tuts.
I am totally self-taught.
Saying I'm sorry right now, I don't want to offend anyone. There are a ton of experts out there.
I'll humbly point you in their direction.
Sewing straight lines are a challenge.....Argh!!! Who'd have thunk it!

I cut 12X12 inch squares out of all the t-shirts.
The black borders were all 2 1/2 inches. 
And from there I just kind of made it up as I went. 

So this isn't really a tutorial on how to make a t-shirt quilt, it's more an encouragment.
If you want to do it, do it!!!!
Mine's not perfect.
I see the mistakes, but I learned a lot.

The best places to start if, like me, you don't have a clue.
1. Find a website with quilting terms like: Sew & Quilt
2. Another excellent, excellent, excellent website: Jaybird Quilts
 3. Go to You Tube & look up any quilting term, awesome videos: You Tube-Quilting

See I'm not an expert! My friend Melinda over at Country Dreaming
had a great question that I totally forgot to mention. 
This little step will make ALL the difference in the world.
Some call it craft fuse/ stabilizer/ fusable web
Doesn't matter what you call it, get it.
You need it.
It can be ironed on the inside of the t-shirts before you cut them.
Or iron it on the squares after they are cut. 
I ironed it on after I cut the squares,
mostly because I'm cheap and didn't want to waste any of the stabilizer. 

Seriously, anyone can do this.
Don't just think about what you want to do, do it!!!
We have a quilt AND I cleared some closet space!!
And when Mr. Hubs & I cuddle on the couch.....
We will be cuddling under 13 years of memories & reminders of special places.

Linkin' Up:


Jessie said...

This is great! My boyfriend has DRAWERS full of shirts he never wears. This would be perfect for him!

Country Dreaming said...

I've wanted to do this. I have a question--are the shirts hard to sew with once they have been cut?
Something else I have done is put the front of a shirt on a canvas board. I think we stapled it to the underside of the board.
I made it for Mr. Ken's weight room.


Country Dreaming said...

Thanks for the great tip!!
That makes sense to do this step.


Life in Rehab said...

This is a very cool idea! Thanks for the tip about the fusible webbing- I wouldn't have thought of that. said...

I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)



Sara said...

I have wanted to do this forever! I have a sterilite container full of old t-shirts that are begging to have this done! Now I just need to figure out how to do it...