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    Super Member jayelee's Avatar
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    I was given about thirty cotton men's dress shirts for my husband but they are too big for him. Can I cut these up and make a quilt out of them. Many of them look like they have never been wore. They are a mans xl big and tall. Although dh is five eleven he only wears a large and that is a little loose so he suggested that I use them in a quilt alot of material there

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    You sure can, it will be a wonderful quilt :D:D:D

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    oh definately, and I would!!

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    Think they would be great.

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    Great quilt material, lucky girl! It takes a bit more time to cut but shirt fabric is very nice. :thumbup:

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    Sure can, I'm helping a friend put together a quilt with her husbands shirts.

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    You bet! I cut up vintage clothing from thrift shop even if I can only get a few squares. So If you can get a quilt out of free cotton fabric I'd go for it!

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    Definitely yes!!!

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    Yep you can.. there are even patterns out there for a block that looks like a man's shirt and tie that are darling.. and there are patterns with boys and girls clothes. Or just cut into squares.. especially the larger sections.

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    Another YES! Bonnie Hunter has a book "Scraps & Shirttales".

    Maybe you LQS has the book or here is Bonnie's link;
    http://quiltville.com/

    FYI ~ not affiliated with Bonnie, just love her scrappy quilts. I have made a few from here site.

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    Get to cutting :-)....They will make a great quilt or 2 & you can use them with most other fabrics if you want.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    I was given about thirty cotton men's dress shirts for my husband but they are too big for him. Can I cut these up and make a quilt out of them. Many of them look like they have never been wore. They are a mans xl big and tall. Although dh is five eleven he only wears a large and that is a little loose so he suggested that I use them in a quilt alot of material there

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    just add to your stash

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    Thanks so much for everyones quick answers to my question I sure do love this board

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    Another YES! Bonnie Hunter has a book "Scraps & Shirttales".

    Maybe you LQS has the book or here is Bonnie's link;
    http://quiltville.com/

    FYI ~ not affiliated with Bonnie, just love her scrappy quilts. I have made a few from here site.
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    totally agree with you about Bonnies site!!! I've made each and everyone one of her quilts....many more than once!! Her directions are so easy and tho she ''talks'' scrappy, her patterns also work up wonderfully with fabric controls

    Enjoy the ''free fabric''.....maybe add a few dark or light solids for balance.

    jodi in leavenworth

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    Absolutely. One of my 2011 personal challenges is to make a Man Quilt out of only mens shirts that I find on garage sales and thrift stores. You can get fabric from the yokes, cuffs, sleeves, front and back---lots of yardage in 30 shirts. I'm going to design something so that I can have a rather large block every now and then. I want to put in a square here and there that still has the pocket attached. There was a picture posted here once that had clothing--uncut and sewn together to make a quilt. It looked like a really messy room but it was unique. I'm probably going to go for more of a traditional look.

    Be sure and grab a baggie for the buttons--you never know when you'll want to use them for embellishing something or PIF to someone needing buttons for their projects.

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    Great idea About five of the shirts are gorgeous colors turqoise , maroon , hunter green, red, and an autumn gold so I should be able to get a nice quilt out of them

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    this is a site that tells how to make a quilt from 7 men's shirts
    <http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...Shirts%20Quilt>

    Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple
    this is a site that tells how to make a quilt from 7 men's shirts
    <http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...Shirts%20Quilt>

    Pat
    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...Shirts%20Quilt

    for some reason, the link would not work, so i will try it again.
    if this link doesn't work, the mens quilt is listed on the right side of her blog..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    I was given about thirty cotton men's dress shirts for my husband but they are too big for him. Can I cut these up and make a quilt out of them. Many of them look like they have never been wore. They are a mans xl big and tall. Although dh is five eleven he only wears a large and that is a little loose so he suggested that I use them in a quilt alot of material there
    bonnie hunt of quiltville.com wrote a book about it. Check out her website.

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    Go for it. Takes a little extra time but you can certainly use them.

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    Wow free fabric, sure you can use the shirts for quilting. I've already gotten plaid shirts from the Goodwill store for quilts. You can use the sleeves and tails etc of shirts that have been used, but lots look almost new. I cut a piece and "tear test' them. If they tear nicely I use them, if not I discard that in the rag bag.

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    Sounds like that will make a nice quilt!

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    I've been recycling thrift store clothes for years. I even cut the pockets with about 1 to 1 1/2" of fabric on all sides. Someday I'll make a pocket quilt. I'll put sashing around each pocket then trim them all to the same size.

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    Yeah, that would work. But part of me thinks a local men's shelter could put them to good use too.

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    I recently made two quilts from old shirts from my friend who had recently died. One for his mother. I think they are going to become cherished memontos

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