Quilts from Shirts

Kelli has been a HUGE kick to make LOTS of quilts made with recycled shirts.

She has tapped into her thrifty sewing self mode.  She’s on a mission to cut out about 5 quilts.  If you’ve ever worked with recycled shirts, you know it’s messy.  She has the mess going on now and doesn’t want the mess again for awhile so she’s on the hunt for patterns.  She has enough shirts..just wants some pattern ideas.

I sent her a link to this blog, Wishes and Weeds, for this Seven Shirt quilt.  (Follow link for pattern)  It’s the first quilt pattern I ever saw designed for shirts. (photo courtesy of the site)

Kelli has been through both of Bonnie Hunter’s books that feature shirt quilts and has picked a couple of those.

I’ve been sending her some pictures I’ve seen in magazines too…Like this one with bow ties….


…and this one with stars…
I’ve encouraged her to check out Quilted Twins and their free patterns.  Right now, this one is on her to-do list.  (I have this one cut out and ready to sew)

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and this one…

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Find the free patterns from Quilted Twins here.  There are LOTS more patterns here that are free.

The quilt she found that she REALLY loves is this.  We’ve looked and looked for a pattern for this and can’t find it.  Does anyone know if there is a pattern available?

Made from old men's shirts

So, Kelli is hoping you all might have a few ideas or links to more patterns for quilts made from shirts.  Please share them in the comment section.  She really wants to cut out several quilts while she has the mess all out.

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26 thoughts on “Quilts from Shirts

  1. Terri in BC

    My favourite shirt quilt is Bonnie’s Moth in a Window pattern. Love that kaleidoscope quilt – probably doesn’t have a pattern, but check out kaleidoscope tutorials or one-block wonders.

  2. Tina in NJ

    The hexie does look like a one block wonder quilt, the kind where you sew Hal hexies into strips, then sew them together.

  3. Jean

    Thank you for the Quilted Twins site a little while ago. I’ve now cut out, from old shirts of course, pieces for one of her quilts using the shirt pockets as block centers.

  4. Lenore Williams

    I agree, this does look like a one block wonder quilt. Check out the FB One Block Wonder Quilt Forum site.

  5. Cindy F

    Love your collection of suggestions! I’m on a shirt frenzy myself and have a constant mess with a stack of shirts on my couch. I love that last quilt with the hexies. I would consider it a one block wonder but the Facebook group deleted it from their page saying it wasn’t one. Technically I suppose it’s not but what a fabulous use of fabric and color! If you find a pattern please share with us.

  6. Elaine M

    Plaid Obsession by Evelyn Sloppy is similar to the QT pattern but made with string blocks, always loved this quilt. Also have made Chunky Churn Dash, B Hunter free pattern with plaids. Have fun.

  7. Carol Lorraine Stearns

    I think that last quilt is just a lot of hexagons cut from stripes, arranged attractively and sewn together. I love the OBW site on facebook but sometimes they get a little picky about what to include and can be included on the site. Carol

  8. Carolyn berroeta

    Yes, the last one is definitely a One Block Wonder (OBW). Not so easy to do with shirts … you have to stack 6 layers of fabric with the exact same stripes or pattern in the same position, then cut 6 layers of 60 ° triangles.
    I saw this pattern too somewhere and am going to try it some time. go on the OBW site to learn the easy way to assemble these he use.

  9. Linda B

    I made a full size memory quilt from men’s shirts using Bonnie Hunter/Free patterns/Scrappy Mointain Majesty. I used a khaki color solid fabric background fabric along with the shirts.

  10. Janet Rice

    Hi, Jo!

    I’ve made the seven shirts quilt – well, okay it’s not done yet, but I’m working on it. It’s adorable. I really like the looks of it and I think Kelli will like it, too. I like all the things you share with us. There’s always something new to learn.

  11. Jan A.

    P.S. Sorry, Jo and Kelli, I saved the link for you, but the website and magazine were actually German, and I hit the translate button.

  12. Sandie

    The Quilt Kelli loves is a hexagon pieced from 6 identical 60 degree triangles using a different shirt to cut each matching set of six. All she needs to do is decide what size triangle she wants to use and she’s good to go. I would suggest either 4/12 or 5 inches to get a decent size hexagon.

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