Upcycled men’s shirts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

My next project is working with all of the men’s shirts I have purchased at Goodwill. The most popular color must be blue since I have more light, medium and dark blue shirts than any other color. Most of them are either striped or plaid ranging in size from medium to 2X. To add a bit of sparkle and interest I am adding a few yellow prints.

Carla (fellow quilt group member) has made a couple and I thought it was time for me to make one. I am using the book Wonder Blocks by Terry Martin. (only adding link so that you can see what the book and quilts looks like – no affiliation/sponsor). Terry includes a chart showing the sizes of the units that make up the 7 different block layouts. I decided to make the blocks 6″ square in three different layouts.

Took awhile for me to figure out the best way to get maximize the fabric. This is what the shirt front looks like when I cut up the squares and rectangles.

Cutting up the shirt

Cutting up the shirt

People who know me – know that I can’t just randomly sew pieces together. I take the pieces I have cut and individually position them into blocks.

Putting them together

Putting them together

Only the darker blocks are sewn but you can see the other fabrics I am using.


some of the blocks

Winter garden – Normally, you never know how many small critters run through your yard. That it, until you get a fresh layer of snow. There are hoards of little bunny tracks. I am optimistically hoping it is only one bunny and not a herd. They are cute to look at but they can destroy plants. Eating the young shoots from many plants in the spring and in the winter them seem to really like my spireas and even have attacked my blue spruce tree.

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