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A Quilt made from 8 business shirts

The big quilt and the cushion cover
The shirts before cutting.
I was in the Op Shop a few months ago and they had all menswear at 1/2 price. In the rack all coordinated and calling to me were 7 business shirts. I had no idea what to do with them, being very plain bold fabrics, but had to have them for my stash. At $2 for 100% good quality cotton how could I resist?

Then I started the remodel of Jakob's room and realised that the colours would fit perfectly. Then the pattern decision. Well I have seen a few cross patterns out on the internet, all made from squares, and thought that would do. Of course I did not do what everyone else has done and that is to have squares so that each cross takes 5 squares to do. I just cut big strips and then cut some into squares and some into longer rectangles that are the equivalent to 3 squares. Why have more seams than you need? I cut heaps out and just used my eye to guess how much I needed. I was worried that I would have enough fabric but I actually have way too much.

Then it was just a matter of laying it all on the floor and sewing it. The laying and sewing only took me about 31/2 hours. I started at 9pm and finished at about 12.15pm. But was so awake that I then started cutting smaller strips for a matching pillow!

So what you see is just the patchwork top cut in 6.5inch strips and the matching cushion cover which was cut in 2 1/2 inch strips. (And I have way too much fabric left over!!!).
Jakob's remodeled room

Once I get around to sandwiching it then I am going to practice quilting by doing each cross in individual patterns. (that is the plan at the moment anyway).

And doesn't it match the colours in Jakob's room!!! I am thrilled with it, especially as it really looks more boy like.

Linking up here.


  1. That is amazing karen. Your number one fan. Dian.

  2. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Love the quilt. Very creative to use the shirts.

  3. what a great use of upcycled materials, and the quilt came out AMAZING! I love the bright colors and the pattern. I'm currently upcycling my twin boys' fall-winter wardrobe, I would love it if you would stop by to see what I'm up to. There is also a flicker group to share your own upcycled kids projects and what inspires you. ~Suzanne

    1. Thanks Suzanne, I have stopped by. Love what you do and am watching to see your next steps

  4. What an amazing quilt! So colorful and bright - Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!

  5. Thanks Lissa, very excited to be featured by you. Cheers Karen

  6. That is by far one of the most creative things I've seen...Awesome use of old business shirts

  7. I love it, I'm so pumped that you made a quilt from men's shirts, yeahyyy!


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