Have you ever looked in your closet and thought, “I could make such a cool quilt out of those clothes!” No? Well, that’s because you are probably normal, but I thought that every time I looked at my husband’s side of the closet. I had already convinced him to sacrifice his jeans for the jean quilt (only the jeans with holes in them, we donated the rest), how in the world would I convince him to give up his beloved button-up collared shirts?
He is a funny shopper. He will find one shirt that he likes and buy every color of that same size and brand. So, we accumulated about 20 of these shirts from Target. Slowly, they began to wear out, lose buttons, get rips and stains. In addition to this great luck, his style changed to golfer-style polo shirts (I won’t be making a quilt out of those…promise…) so he wasn’t even wearing them anymore. I separated the ones with small irreparable damage and the ones that could be donated and convinced him to give them all up. In the end, twelve went to the local second hand store, and eight of them were chopped up into 6.5 inch squares (and the scraps were cut up into 4 inch squares) and sewn into quilt number 21, the Husband Shirt Quilt.
I used polyester batting so that it didn’t require dense quilting and quilted on each side of the seam in both directions. I was told cotton batting needs to be quilted every half inch or it will break apart and clump inside over time. A cotton-poly blend would be best if you don’t want it densely quilted, but still want it to act like cotton.
Even though I used polyester, the quilt still gets that crinkly look as long as it is densely quilted. But, I have to admit that polyester is more difficult to sew with than cotton batting since it slips more under the machine and causes many more puckers. It’s not too bad when you are sewing straight lines, though. As long as you baste well, it is very doable. But, if you are looking into quilting the crud out of your quilt, go with cotton batting!
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Oh! I had just enough 4 inch squares from the scraps to make a quilted sham!
The best part is that this will be our son’s quilt, and so far he loves it! There is nothing cuter than seeing your son snuggle into a blanket made from his father’s shirts.