a man quilt

This quilt idea has been in my brain for A LONG TIME. I have been saving hubs' old shirts since he started working and my box is overflowing! A good friend of ours just had some serious surgery and needs a quilt for snuggling. These shirting fabrics were just the right thing for his quilt. I think I will make a twin one for hubs (since I've never actually made him a quilt!) All the fabric in this quilt was made from 100% cotton dress shirts except the outside border (I ran out of white.) Here is a closeup of the quilting my sister-in-law Emily did. She has recently acquired a long arm and has already quilted 4 quilts for me! She does an excellent job and is looking for more clients - if you're interested here is her blog - Emerson Quilting. Right now she is offering a 25% discount! I think this is my favorite quilting pattern. I will definitely be requesting it in the future.

A scrappy binding. I would have preferred it to be cut on the bias, just for the look, but I didn't have quite enough for that. The backing was just a solid white flannel. Nice and snuggly.

If you are going to make a quilt using men's shirts - I would suggest NOT using the ironed pleats (in backs and sometimes sleeves). These folds didn't come out even after I washed the quilt.

If you are interested in dimensions or a tutorial - please let me know in the comments!

Thanks for looking!


  1. do share your dimentions and tut! very nice, would look great with grey sashing too...love how you recycled clothing!

  2. Very nice!

    One note on the pleats - I saw a memory quilt made with men's shirts and a couple blocks were made specifically with the back pleats. They were left AS pleats and not quilted over. It was a very cool look.

  3. I love it! I have an overflowing box of Gregg's old shirts and this is way cuter then the plain old patchwork that I had in mind... and consequently have no desire to actually do!

  4. Love the quilt and the quilting.

  5. This is an amazing quilt - the colors and textures, and then the simplicity of the lines... perfect! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you don't mind - I posted a link to this in another blog comment - at http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/ She asked for a recent favorite project we saw online, and I linked to this. You rock!

  6. I would like to make this quilt using my brother-in-law's old shirts for his children. He passed away years ago and my wonderful dear sister-in-law just handed me all his shirts- she has been saving them for a long time, and is now ready to help sew the quilt. We are all quilters and have been looking for a special pattern for a long time- and I just saw your quilt. My husband and I, along with my daughters feel it is perfect! May we please use this idea?
    Thank you,

    1. Of course you can Maria! I'd love to see I pic when you're done :)

  7. I do have a tutorial for this quilt too. It's under tutorials.