While we are talking about sewing and craft (see posts below) I thought you might like to see how the quilt made from redundant shirts, felted up jumpers and old T shirts came out. I talked about how I intended at some point to use all the piles of clothes I’ve kept since the boys were small here, well it’s eldest teenageson’s 21st birthday today, and I am giving him the quilt as a present to remind him of his childhood.
It was very easy to make, I washed the jumpers (mostly black and grey you’ll notice! not big on colour my boys…) on a hot wash so they all felted-up, then cut them into 5 inch squares and sewed them all together on my machine. Any holes I patched up with his favourite old T shirt graphics (there are about 6 of these on the quilt). On the reverse I used 10 inch squares cut from the surplus checked shirts from the lumberjack trend, using the odd pocket to decorate and hide gaps.
It’s very ‘home made’ with very little finesse (Martha Stewart, our craft hero, might have suggested I spent a little more time on the details, whatever) but it will keep him warm in his new student flat and remind him of home comforts. I think It even smells of home!