Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Handmade for the boy

I love handmade gifts.
The time and heart put into them just make them so very special.
One day I dream of being able to knit beautiful gifts like her.
But, for now I am happy to complete simple sewing projects like this:

I wanted to make something special for Evan this year.
I always find it SO hard to find projects for boys that are easy and that I think he will like....
So, when I saw this idea on Pinterest I was super excited!

What is it you ask?......Tadaaaaaaaa!

A quilt for his bed made from a bunch of his old t-shirts.
I can't help but smile when I look at it.

Now I must admit... it took a little longer than I expected. Many hours were spent cutting squares. Sewing X's. Trimming thread. Sewing squares. And finally cutting along all the edges. But I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

I love it.
I really, really do!
It is all wrapped up and ready to go under the tree.
I can't wait for Christmas morning.
I hope he loves it too!


  1. It's awesome Sara! What a great gift!!

  2. Miss FABULOUS Sara!!! YAY!!! I SOOOOOO love it :) It turned out AMAZING!! If he doesn't love it, send it my way :) I'm SO glad you were able to use my tutorial. It's awesome to see what sharing can bring. Keep in touch girlie! Merry Christmas :)

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  3. I love it!! The hard part will be waiting until Christmas morning.

    I'm going to start saving shirts for this quilt. I'm having a hard time finding boy colour fabrics that I like, but I love the shirts I buy him so problem solved.

    Great job,

  4. SARA I LOVE IT!!! It looks so good!!! It's absolutely perfect. :)

    I save old tshirts too (though I recently lost a few to my closet purge), but you have inspired me to do something with them. I also save all of our old jeans and want to make a patchwork quilt one day with them.

    p.s. Why don't we have a knit night in the new year. Say at a cabin in Canmore? About the second week in January? ;)

  5. Oh, how fun. I'm sure he is going to love snuggling up under that! I love all the bright colors! :)

  6. Hey!!! I hope you don't mind, I posted a few pictures of your quilt to share on my blog. I'm linking them back here. Thanks again!

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}


  7. WHOOPS!!! Not that link! This one


    Much better :)

  8. great quilt! do you have instructions for those of us who are not quite so talented?

    1. Hi Cathy!

      I followed Jennie's super awesome tutorial here.

      Have fun!

  9. This amazing! My son has so many cute t-shirts that I'd hate to get rid of. He would love to have something like this!

    A blog for stylish moms despite all the spilled milk!

  10. Just wondered if you made any adjustments to the tutorial. Did you use flannel between your t-shirts and if you cut them a little smaller than your t-shirt squares. I didn't notice them in with your fringe. How long was your fringe...it looks like the perfect length. What a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Jan! I followed the tutorial pretty closely. I think my squares were 11" by 11" and then I used quilt batting instead of flannel. I cut the batting to be 9"x9" because I only wanted T-shirt in the fringe :)
      Hope that helps! Happy quilt making :)

  11. I absolutely love your t-shirt quilt. What a fantastic idea. When my son was small he had a collection of shirts with funny sayings that he adored. When it came time to pass them along to his younger counsin he was quite sad. They were more than t-shirts, they were an expression of who he was. I wish I'd read about this quilt back then - he'd love it.

  12. love it...I'm new to Pinterest and don't see how to read the directions for it???

  13. Hi there! I saw this on Pinterest. Is the tshirt material difficult to sew on? Thank you!

    1. Hi Amy,

      The T-shirts I used were all cotton- super forgiving and easy material! :)


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