If you have old shirts that you do not fit you or you do to see yourself wearing ever again, you should consider repurposing them in some way. Upcycling is a means of turning old items into new ones, by sprucing them up or combining them with other items for a fresh look or new use. A great option for your old shirts would be to turn them into quilts.
By using bits of your shirts for a quilt, you will be creating a tapestry of memories from different periods of your life. Nearly every article of clothing we own has a story, and we keep that association in our minds. Create a quilt that includes pieces of fabric from your favorite shirts or other clothing, and it will be a wonderful keepsake just for yourself, or to pass down to future generations.
Another benefit to making a quilt out of upcycled shirts, is that you will be keeping them from the landfill. Sometimes people may give clothes away, but if they are in a hurry and cannot find anyone to take them, the clothes are thrown out. This is bad news for the environment, considering that many articles of clothing are not made from biodegradable materials, and will take forever to break down in the landfills. If they have chemicals in them, as they start to break down those chemicals will leach into the soil or flow into the local waters. Therefore, if you can find a use for your clothing it would be ideal.
It is not all that difficult to craft a quilt, as long as you are not looking to do anything too fancy. Find a large piece of fabric that you like for the backing, choose some stuffing if you wish (but go light on the stuffing), and your pieces of fabric from your shirts. Then, you can do a simple sewing stitch of the pieces to the backing, with the stuffing inside. If you have a sewing machine, it will save you a bit of time ad effort to use it for this purpose.
If you would like a more conservative look, use pieces that are similar shades and/or materials to one another. If you would like a quilt that is busy and bright, go with pieces that are different colors, patterns, and materials. If you are in an arts & crafts group, an environmental group, or just have a group of friends who would like to do something together, then you can combine all your shirts for a truly unique quilt.
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