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Thread: A whole pint of buttons!

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    A whole pint of buttons!

    I just started cutting my husband's dress shirts for a quilt. I removed the buttons and set them aside. As my husband is 6'5" tall and I had 28 shirts, I filled an entire pint sized jar with the buttons.

    I think I am going to use the "floating stars" pattern. The shirts are white, off white, yellow, green, gray, light and dark blue and white with pinstripes. (see picture below) I was considering using pink as the main fabric and the shirts as the corners. How does that sound?
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    I just love the buttons in the jar. I like finding them in sales and such. Your project sounds fun. I just watched a tutorial on cutting dress shirts up for quilt pieces. Very cool. Teresa

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    Good luck with your quilt and that's alot of buttons.

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    Does he know about this??? lol Nice fabric and buttons.Mary
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawsonmugs View Post
    Does he know about this??? lol Nice fabric and buttons.Mary
    He just changed jobs and is returning to suit and ties... he cleaned out his closet and got rid of the 28 shirts that I grabbed, 3 garbage bags of clothes that I am going to try to sell at a garage sale and 4 garbage bags of junk and he still isn't done cleaning! He just bought a pile of new work clothes and he is getting rid of the old stuff that is worn/torn/out of style or just doesn't fit right anymore. He knows I am making the quilt. He wasn't sure it was worth the work to cut up the shirts until I told him how much quilting fabric costs.

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    Should be a fun project!!

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    This is a great idea! The fabrics look wonderful together. Will you incorporate some of the buttons when you're finished?

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    are you going with all 100% cotton? Usually the lighter the color, the more of a mix it will be. THey do that so they are easy to get clean!
    which is sad, because they make the best backgrounds!
    I have over 200 shirts to cut up...it was to be a winter project, but it never got WINTER here!

    Keep us posted on your progress!

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    Your project sounds like a winner to me and I love your jar of buttons. It will look great on a shelf or table in your sewing area.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    All shirts are 100% cotton. I tried to make one of these shirt quilts before and material is more difficult to work with so I am going to try with a mix of quilters fabric and shirts. Not sure how I will use the buttons yet.

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    I have a bag of shirts from my father, and have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I want to do with them.. I have his ties also.. Dad's been gone for three years, and I'm not any closer to figureing it out.. The buttons could come in handy if you tie a quilt.. I used them instead of tieing a quilt.. I also might consider using the buttons on a quilt as embellishment..
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    [QUOTE=hopetoquilt;5090392..... He just bought a pile of new work clothes and he is getting rid of the old stuff that is worn/torn/out of style or just doesn't fit right anymore........[/QUOTE]

    Whew, that's a relief; for a minute there I thought maybe you'd been influenced by some of the day's chuckles we've been reading about female revenge! I wondered if he'd be walking around in black plastic garbage bags!

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    Was the tutorial here on the QB?

    Quote Originally Posted by stampinteresa View Post
    I just love the buttons in the jar. I like finding them in sales and such. Your project sounds fun. I just watched a tutorial on cutting dress shirts up for quilt pieces. Very cool. Teresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    All shirts are 100% cotton. I tried to make one of these shirt quilts before and material is more difficult to work with so I am going to try with a mix of quilters fabric and shirts. Not sure how I will use the buttons yet.
    String the buttons together and they make cute bracelets for kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I have a bag of shirts from my father, and have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I want to do with them.. I have his ties also.. Dad's been gone for three years, and I'm not any closer to figureing it out.. The buttons could come in handy if you tie a quilt.. I used them instead of tieing a quilt.. I also might consider using the buttons on a quilt as embellishment..
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    Red Rooster has a freebie pattern http://www.redroosterfabrics.com/con...ls.php/id/6850
    that's perfect for recycling men's shirts and/or a memory quilt.

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    The ones you don't sell in the yard sale could be donated to a shelter or church but dress shirts aren't as needed as work shirts, plaids flannels, etc. I cut up my hubby's dress shirts too because no one wanted them at the mission.

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    Sounds great! The buttons are a bonus. I collect buttons and have some pretty cool ones.

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    Sounds like a nice project. Your dh is way ahead on his spring cleaning. I love buttons and always cut them off of things and save them. Have fun making your quilt.

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    This is a very responsible project (re-cycling), and imagine the great associations it will have for your children!

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    I just love, love, love hearing that you are using DH's shirts for a quilt and saving the buttons, too! That is the essence of old time quilting. Good for you!
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    My 20 yr. old DGD just requested a quilt made in all plaids, so I hit the thrift store on 50 cent day and got a herd of mens shirts in all shapes and sizes of plaids. It's a real challenge to come up with a pattern that will showcase them without giving one a headache when looking at it. LOL
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    Recently, on this site, I saw where someone had used the button plackets of shirts as inner narrow borders and looked very nice. Good luck with your quilt. I have my mother's clothes to do something with someday.

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    I hope you post pics as you go along. I would love to see the progress and this sounds very interesting.
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    I have western shirts of my deceased beloved husband and just now deciding what to do with them i made a pin whl quilt from my 11 year old son s pj's after he passed away

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    I love buttons - what a cool upcycle way to get more quilting fabric!
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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