Quilts from Men’s Shirts

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Great Ideas for Memory Quilts, Keepsake Quilts and for Recycling Men’s Shirts!

Men’s shirts have a lot of usable fabric for creative quilters to work into quilts. Recycling is always a great idea, plus men’s shirts provide the ideal fabric for more masculine quilts.

All-cotton shirts, besides being more comfortable to wear, are perfect for this, although poly/cotton blends will work too. Thrift stores are an excellent source for inexpensive shirts if you simply want to recycle fabric into a more masculine quilt. Just be sure to choose shirts in good condition with little wear.

The condition of the shirt is a bit less important for keepsake and memory quilts. In those cases it’s the shirts themselves that are important and a little wear just adds to the memories.

A man in your life is sure to love a keepsake quilt made of old favorite shirts. Families will be happy to have memory quilts (and pillows) made from the shirts of a loved one. Or, maybe you just want to use of some of that free fabric hanging in your guy’s closet (shirts he no longer wears, of course!).

Get the Most Fabric from a Man's ShirtMamaka Mills has an excellent tutorial for breaking down a man’s shirt and getting the most usable fabric from it.

Click here for the tutorial at Mamaka Mills.

Quilt from 7 Shirts

Nancy-Rose at Life is a Stitch offers a tutorial for making a quilt from 7 shirts. She also provides instructions for extracting the fabric from a shirt.

Click here for the “Seven Shirts + Seven Steps = One Thrifty Quilt” tutorial.

Once the fabric is extracted you can use it however you’d use quilting cotton. You can even include the button and buttonhole plackets and the pockets for added interest in your quilt.

The following photos are some of the many creative quilting projects we discovered using men’s shirts. Be sure to click the link under each one to learn more about it.

Shirt QuiltShirt quilt by the quilter at Serendipity Patch.


Memory Quilt Made of ShirtsMemory Quilt made of shirts. Quilt by Petit Design Co.


Shirts and Ties Quilt

Quilt by Sandara, found on Jenny’s Doodling Needle.

 Quilt from Men's Shirts

Quilt from men’s shirts. Notice the button plackets. Pinned to Pinterest by Jane Nogiec.


Quilt from Men's ShirtsQuilt from Men’s shirts by Kay, quilted by Bobbi. Notice the button plackets in the border. Found on Quilting Board.


Quilt from Recycled Shirts and SheetsShirt from recycled shirts and sheets by Creative Chicks. Found on Flickr.

Value Quilt from Old ShirtsValue Quilt from Old Shirts by Anne of Surely Not Another Project.


Quilt Made of Men's ShirtsQuilt made entirely from recycled men’s shirts. Quilt by Regan from Floating on a Quilted Cloud.

 Worn and Washed Quilt from Shirts

Rita from Red Pepper Quilts used button and collar labels in her “Worn and Washed” quilt. It also has a great backing. See more pictures here.

 Quilt from Old Shirts

Old jeans, shirts, and pjs make an appealingly weathered quilt. Found on Pinterest.


Memory Quilt LabelLabel from a memory quilt made of T-shirts, ties and work shirts. Quilt by Angela at Quilted Joy, made for the man’s family. See more here.


Baby Quilt from PawPaw's ShirtsThis baby quilt was made from Pawpaw’s shirts. From Cara’s Closet Children’s Resale Boutique in Gulfport, MS.


Pillow with a Pocket Made from a Man's ShirtPillow with a pocket, made from a man’s shirt. By Leigh-Ann from Freckled Nest.


Memory PillowMemory Pillow. Pinned to Pinterest by Chrissann Gasparro. Visit Ducklings in a Row for instructions for making similar pillows from men’s shirts.


Quilt From Men's Shirts

A napping quilt by Bev Drew. Made for her brother from Dad’s shirts.

We hope you’ve been inspired by these creative projects. What will you do with old men’s shirts?







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