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LilMissRedTShirt
« on: November 08, 2011 09:07:29 PM »



During one college break, I wanted to try to learn to sew.  Fabric is kind of expensive, so I didn't want to go buy a bunch of fabric just to practice sewing on. I decided to clean out my closet and make a quilt in one go, using some raggedy old clothes for the quilt. I used an old blanket as the backing and border. I just cut out squares of old shirts, sewed them together in a patchwork pattern, then sewed that to the old blanket. It's pretty soft with all the raggedy, worn out old clothes and the fluffy store-bought blanket. I didn't quite get the edges even where I sewed the patchwork squares to the blanket, but, overall, I like it. It matches better than most of my sewing projects, didn't take too long, and the thing is sewed straighter than most of what I make (I can't sew straight for nothing). It has some old stuff in it, too: a burgundy plaid shirt I wore in my high school senior portraits, old green cargo pants from 11th grade, pajama pants from my freshman year of college, and random old stuff. It's a good free project if you have some old worn out clothes and want an easy, quick sewing project.

Details/a few pics:  http://www.lilmissredtshirt.com/2011/11/patchwork-quilt-from-old-clothes.html
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r.forslund
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2011 04:15:07 AM »

i love these kinds of quilts. im saving my kids clothes to make them one. yours turned out lovely. i used my favorite sheet for the back of my first quilt as well.  Grin cheaper and easier.
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LilMissRedTShirt
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011 09:20:23 PM »

i love these kinds of quilts. im saving my kids clothes to make them one. yours turned out lovely. i used my favorite sheet for the back of my first quilt as well.  Grin cheaper and easier.

Thanks! Old clothes quilts really are fun. Kids clothes would be really cute... I love ones where some whole outfits are sewn on and mixed in with patchwork clothes squares. I've never met another bedsheet 'quilter'- heh, it really is cheaper. And, the blankets do turn out nice and drapey with sheets... especially soft old sheets. Flannel would be dreamy.
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Eclecticlyfe
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012 05:29:21 PM »

You totally just  brought back so many memories. I made one of these when I was 13-sheet back and all. I'm in my 40's now- many quilts later. I still have that old thing. It is mostly falling apart but I keep saying I'm going to patch it up 'cause it's the best, most comfortable, memory filled blanket/quilt I ever made.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012 07:49:50 AM »

I love the colors! Thanks for linking to your blog, too - great stuff there!
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croonqueen
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012 12:04:48 PM »

This is great.  It really holds true to the tradition of American quilting.  In this day and age when we can just pop over to Target and pick up a nice fleece blanket for not a lot of money, it's hard to remember sometimes that quilting began because people were really freaking COLD and they needed blankets to keep warm at night. When clothes finally wore out, they were cut up and put in a scrap bin and when there were enough scraps, they were sewn together in a whole cloth and layered with other cloth for insulation.  The artistry was secondary, but a natural progression.

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012 12:18:23 AM »

I agree.  This is outstanding.  And perfect. One of my first projects was a collection of scrap fabrics and clothes that had been worn out or ruined.  I use that one almost every day and I love to ponder over the "adventures" each of those fabrics had from my scrubs to part of my son's snugli to my sister's granddaughter's pants.  It is a collection of history of ME!
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LilMissRedTShirt
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012 12:27:27 AM »

You totally just  brought back so many memories. I made one of these when I was 13-sheet back and all. I'm in my 40's now- many quilts later. I still have that old thing. It is mostly falling apart but I keep saying I'm going to patch it up 'cause it's the best, most comfortable, memory filled blanket/quilt I ever made.

How neat. My first/other one had a sheet back too. I would love to see yours. Smiley So cool that you still have it after many years. I bet it is very cozy, and brings back many memories for you.
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LilMissRedTShirt
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012 12:29:58 AM »

This is great.  It really holds true to the tradition of American quilting.  In this day and age when we can just pop over to Target and pick up a nice fleece blanket for not a lot of money, it's hard to remember sometimes that quilting began because people were really freaking COLD and they needed blankets to keep warm at night.

So true. My great-great grandma made a quilt of old scrap fabric she had for this very reason. I don't have relatives today who quilt... it seems like it's increasingly rare. Growing up only one of my friend's moms even sewed anything regularly.

I told my grandpa I was making a quilt. He asked "why." I kind of ask myself why sometimes too... blankets are cheap these days. But, I wanted to try to learn to sew and to have some mementos from college, so I sewed these. Smiley
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LilMissRedTShirt
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012 12:31:33 AM »

I agree.  This is outstanding.  And perfect. One of my first projects was a collection of scrap fabrics and clothes that had been worn out or ruined.  I use that one almost every day and I love to ponder over the "adventures" each of those fabrics had from my scrubs to part of my son's snugli to my sister's granddaughter's pants.  It is a collection of history of ME!

Aw, thanks. Smiley Kind of you to say. That's neat that you made one from clothes from a variety of people you care about. That must be one memorable blanket for you. I'd love to see yours too. "Collection of the history of me.." ... great way to put it! Smiley
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