It wasn’t the t-shirt itself that I loved, it was the stories that went with all of them. Each t-shirt was its own page in my life – so why not put these together into a ‘BOOK’!? Then the stories would all be kept in one convenient location. But if would be even more useful if that book were cozy and warm to keep you warm on those chilly winter nights or round a campfire. A quilt!
I’m BRILLIANT I tell you. Sometimes.
Insert my momma’s arts and crafts gene here. Wait, I learned in high school that skipped me completely.
Confession: I hadn’t actually ever touched a sewing machine before. Sure, I’d watched my ever-so-talented mother just whip up alterations for my bridesmaid dress and I’d spent heaps of time with my equally talented grandmother as she quilted with her friends, when I was a kid.
In my mind, those two experiences alone must give me 2 clues to rub together, right?
I consulted ye old google for some concrete ‘how to’ tips, and low and behold, sadly it wasn’t very helpful. Not for what I was looking for anyways.
(Sidenote: This mission occurred in April – prior to Pinterest inspiring my creativity)
|First time I think Ihad ironed
in the 3YEARS I lived in NZ!
Here’s what I needed:
-old t-shirts or material
-batting if you like (I wanted to make it nice and cozy)
-I measured out squares on my tshirts, trying to include the main writing/memories in that square.
-I wanted my squares to be 30×30 cm and a bit extra for frayed seams, so I made 36×36 cm squares and marked them with vivid.
-I cut out my batting 30x30cm, so that I’d know how big the squares would be.
-I cut and used the front and back of each t-shirt.
-I used stick pins to pin the front of the tshirt to the batting and then matched up the back as well.
|Feeling pretty chuffed! I did it!|
Problems I encountered as an amature:
- I bought WAY too much batting.
-the needle came unthreaded and I didn’t notice or know how to put it back in (when all else fails, consult the instruction manual)
-the needle was stuck down and the peddle wouldn’t bring it back up. (Sidenote, there is a knob on the side that moves – duh?)
|Whoops, those should be attached.|
|Thread in the needle usually helps this process.|
|Bobbin – the bane of my existance in this project.|
|Building my quilt in blocks|
|Problem – I was addicted and wanted to finish
BUT it was too nice of a day to sit inside.
This ways my solution!
|I left my amateur mark :S|
|C’est Fini! Ths is my finished product, my cumulation of memories.|
The beauty of this little creation is that I can continually add on to it as I gather more memorable but useless t-shirts (and other material items if i so see fit). It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s mine, I’m proud of it and cherish it all the same.
What creative things do you do with all your old souvenirs or old memories??