One problem with my closet is that it is home to all of the incomplete inspiration that plagues me when I have free time. I am the queen of getting ALL of the supplies for a given project and then I just get too busy to finish them. So this last two weeks I have spent a considerable amount of time crocheting, and painting and then I've also spent some time getting my T-shirts ready for a new T-shirt quilt!
2nd tip for having a clean closet is to be creative!
Use up anything and everything that might be in your way. You can donate, repurpose, gift or sell anything that you create..... but here is the catch.... You can only use your closet stash of goodies!
- SEE I told you would enjoy it.
|These are the T-shirts I found taking up space in my closet that|
I don't wear anymore!
They are taking up room in my closet because of their
|Here is what a pile of T-shirts look like after you've cut|
them into quilt squares. Sometimes you can even create squares
out of the lapels.
|This is a T-shirt quilt I made my freshman year of college.|
It easily fits my queen size bed!
My brother got one for his graduation and like me, he uses his all the time!
|We made a T-shirt quilt for my brother Matthew back in 1997 |
when he graduated high school. This is my mom and me looking
|My grandmother Jennye Ready helped. |
I wore my glasses that day never dreaming
these pictures would see the light of day.
|Here is my mom and my granddad Mike Ready. |
Tacking (tying) my brothers quilt was a family event.
I want to make a T-shirt quilt today!!! What now???
1. Gather your T-shirts
2. Decide on a size for your squares - measure measure measure!
3. Cut your squares
4. (Iron on fusable web) - makes it much easier!
5. piece your squares together in the pattern of your choice
6. Add batting if desired
7. tack your quilt to the back
8. bind the edges of the quilt
I am always looking for great DIYs and information about T-shirt quilts. There are some AMAZING instructions out there, all more clear and consise than mine. Please visit my Pinterest board where you can find directions to make your own AND links to services who will make the quilts for you!
Here is a link with DIY instructions for the AMAZING traditional quilt frame that my family uses when we tack a quilt.
Are you CRAZY?!!! This is sooo not for me!
Maybe the idea of making your OWN T-shirt quilt is enough to stop you in your tracks. Maybe you'd rather do anything else. Don't worry!
Remember that PILE of T-shirts? Well, now you can send your T-shirts off and it comes back as a quilt!
If you want someone to do the work for you, then I suggest Lauren at AlmostCasual.
Lauren from almostcasual has great designs and layouts for T-shirt quilts and her work is beautiful! Having made some of these quilts, I can tell you that her work is also VERY reasonably priced.
Even if you aren't the sentimental type who wants to keep your old ratty t-shirts now that they've been repurposed into a quilt.....
Your t-shirt quilt would still make an excellent donation to a homeless shelter.
Maybe you have enough t-shirts from your school to make an entire quilt. Wouldn't that be an appreciated raffle item? - I think so!
Enjoy your creativity as you take one more baby step toward a clean closet.