What do you do with things that won’t fit into your scrapbook?
You give them to your mom.
Behold, my newest t-shirt quilt courtesy of my mom. I talked about my mom and her DIY prowess last week. On Christmas day she surprised me with a quilt of some of my college t-shirts.
I own a lot of Cal shirts. I mean A LOT. I took a Cal shirt census last year and I had 33 navy blue shirts in addition to a smattering of yellow, white and grey. The collection grows by 1 or 2 a year.
After counting the shirts, I decided to “thin the herd” and took 14 of my less-frequently-worn models out of the closet. Don’t think even for a second that I was going to throw them out. I live to save things.
I took the shirts to my mom. Years ago she made a t-shirt quilt out of all my high school shirts. I gained back a lot more closet space and a new quilt.
My mom says that t-shirt quilts have gotten even more popular since Bella has one in the newest Twilight movie. There are lots of different patterns and instructions out there, but my mom doesn’t stick to one method.
The design on each of the shirts is cut out. Then she puts iron-on interfacing on each piece to keep it from stretching. She then lays out all the pieces and stares at them for a while, moving them until she likes the finished product. Sounds a lot like doing a scrapbook layout, doesn’t it?
Here’s the best part: I get space in my closet, some old shirts that never saw the light of day get used, and the husband has something new to use when he’s relaxing on the couch.