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Topic: Cotton Gingham and dress shirts. Please help!  (Read 1346 times)
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« on: December 07, 2011 11:42:52 AM »

Hi. What a great and wonderful forum I am so happy to have come across. My first and hopefully not last post is to try and decide what to do with 5 or so shirts my husband and I do not wear anymore. They are frayed from years of wear and tear. I do not want to give them away as they are so soft and actually bring on lots of memories  Cheesy
I am not a big crafter as of yet and am open to any ideas. Please help me rescue these gems before my husband retires them to the rag bag!
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011 02:23:57 PM »

If they have large enough piece, you could cut them into large squares and hem them for handkerchiefs. Soft handkies can be a blessing for sore noses at this time of year.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011 08:46:52 PM »

If the body of the shirt is intact, you can make a cute slipcover for a throw pillow in just a few minutes.  Measure the pillow you want to cover.  Make yourself a paper pattern that is the size of the pillow, plus about .5" seam allowance on each side.  (So if your pillow is 20" square, make a pattern that is 21" square.)  Button your shirt and turn it inside out.  Lay it flat with the front of the shirt facing up.  Place your pattern on top, positioning it so that the buttons run down the center of the pattern.  Make sure that none of the buttons will be too close to the seam allowance or you will have trouble stitching your seams.  When you have it positioned the way you want, pin the pattern down (or draw around it if you prefer) and cut it out, cutting through both the front and back of the shirt.  Next remove the pattern and stitch your seams all around using a .5" seam allowance.  You don't need to leave a gap for turning, because you can unbutton the shirt to turn it right side out.  Then just put your pillow inside and button it up.  This is a fun way to cover old pillows that have faded or gotten dingy or just don't match the rest of your stuff.  I have made a bunch of these Stuffed Shirt pillows out of old denim shirts and blue dress shirts, and they get tons of use in my living room.  When they get dirty (and in my house, everything gets dirty), I just throw them in with the laundry and they are good as new.  If your shirts are loosely woven and you expect to wash the pillow covers a lot, you might want to pink the raw edges or apply a seam sealer to prevent fraying in the washer.
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011 12:04:41 AM »

Maybe a half-apron? I think they're called carpenters Aprons. Washcloths, baby doll clothes, if you quilt, I think a little wall quilt would be pretty.

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