It’s here! Start planning fall projects with the fall 2012 issue of Stitch. I just love that the editors included a special section of upcycled projects! I’m constantly looking for ways to remake worn textiles into useful, interesting items. I contributed a recycled shirt blanket, using discarded clothing and worn sheets into a snuggly twin-size throw.
I started with a few woven cotton shirts that I hadn’t worn for years, then added several men’s flannel shirts reclaimed from my father-in-law’s closet. The best portions of an old flannel sheet were incorporated into the blanket backing. Piecing is simple–just join 7-1/2″ wide strips to make 6 vertical rows. Add extra interest by incorporating pockets and button plackets as desired.
This is great way to re-purpose favorite clothes that have fallen out of fashion or no longer fit. You could also use it as a memory quilt, making a quick, cuddly blanket from a loved one’s clothing. Make one for a friend, and tuck an extra special snapshot or two into a pocket!