Shirt-Pocket Quilt

I finally got around to making the Shirt-Pocket Quilt, which has been on my to-do list for almost 2 years now. It is made entirely out of Jared's old button-down shirts and I'm planning to hang it somewhere in the nursery (I think over the dresser/changing station). I think it will be perfect for holding small supplies, stuffed animals, etc.

(please excuse my crazy-lady hair!)

The backside is more patchwork made out of his white shirts, that I just pieced together pretty randomly until it was big enough. Even the binding is made out of Jared's shirts. Yay for recycling. There is a layer of batting inside, so I machine quilted around the edges of each pocket to hold it in place.


This is a Martha project (it was actually the Craft of the Day about a week and a half ago) ... you can find the instructions on her website here. At the center of my quilt I used a nine-patch block that included fabric from each of the pockets, which makes it slightly different than the Martha quilt. That was my friend Megan's brilliant idea.

28 comments:

Reluctant Housewife said...

Cute.


And I like your crazy lady hair. :>

Oh2122 said...

I adore this. I so want to try it!

And your crazy lady hair is totally kicking my crazy lady hair's behind today!

Carrie said...

Found you through your onesie cookie tutorial and am hooked on your beautiful projects!

Love, love, LOVE this idea!

Casey said...

it looks really good! really great colors too. you're always making things I want to make. I've been wanting to make one of these too, I just found a slightly different one in a craft book I bought today

shawn said...

I love this.. You, as usual, did a wonderful job!! Very beautiful!!!

LeAnne said...

Jill,

This is wonderful! I saw this on craft of the day and it is definetly on my 'to do' list. I love how yours came out. The middle block is especially cute.

Anonymous said...

hey that's awesome. want to make me one for my nursery and send it to Atlantic Canada? lol

stephanie.

Adrienne said...

Every time I visit your blog, I add another project to my "to do" list! I love this - you did a fantastic job! It will be good for holding little toys that you can give the babe to hold when he is no longer interested in holding still until the diaper is on! ha!

Caitlin said...

This is beautiful. I love the center nine-patch block. (Your husband had a lot of coordinating shirts)! Can you post a picture of the back? I'm curious as to how you pieced it together because I'd really like to try the same idea.

robinsonsarewaiting said...

That is such a great idea! I hope you post pics of your nursery soon!

20-Something Superhero said...

Congrats on completing a project off you're to-do list! The quilt is lovely and you did a great job. I also like the sentiment of using addy's shirts in an item for the little one - much more sentimental that way.

Alicia said...

I cannot think of a craft idea that I need more! We have so many old office shirts whith holes in the elbows or a pen stain or something lying around. Perfect!! Thanks for the great idea!

Hope all is well!

Laurel MacD said...

It's cute - been on my list for awhile, also.

jess said...

Jill you never cease to amaze me! I get so jealous reading your blog and seeing all your project ideas you come up with AND actually make. I've got a long to-do list but I have a hard time finding the time with my 3 girls. Keep on creating!

Sarah said...

Jill,
I've been following your blog for about a year now. It has been so much fun to watch it evolve! You've been my inspiration for a craft club I started 6 months ago and most recently a new creative blog I've started. I'd be so honored if you'd like to check it out and give me your feedback. It's www.createstudio.blogspot.com. I launched it last week and was so humbled to receive 100 visits in the first day and a half! It's my joy to help others tap into their creative gifts and make something beautiful! I'm so excited for you and Jared! When I found out you were pregnant I rushed in and told my husband! (He's a big fan of your Bee Bop blog!) I have a 10 month old little boy and it is such a wonderfully fulfilling calling to be a mommy! Enjoy it! Little boys love their mommies!

Stacey said...

Good idea...love the colors!

The Henrich Family said...

sister, you got mad skills! Looks great..

Amy said...

How fun for your baby to have! Looks fabulous!

Sandra Smart said...

Oh, you make the cutest baby things! Your baby is already so blessed to have you for a mom! :)

Karyn said...

Super-adorable! I like to recycle my husbands shirts (usually only the collar wears out or he gets a tiny stain, so there is a lot of good, cute fabric left). I made an apron out of the back part of the shirt (with the cute pleat) and I used a neck tie as the waistband... oh, and I sewed the shirt pocket onto the apron. Very cute project, I'll have to buy my husbands shirts in the fabrics I want to use!

Rebeckah said...

This is very cool! I can't wait to see your baby room all decorated. I know it will be amazing : )!

Denise Felton said...

Whoa! Excellent! I like your version even better than Martha's! I've scheduled a link to your post to go live on my blog mid-day (Central USA time) on October 3. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks!

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Amy said...

Such a good idea! I have so many shirts from my husband (he keeps blowing out the elbows) that now I don;t have to throw them away!

Nancy said...

I've seen this on Martha's website, except I don't know what I would put in the pockets. Cute tho. Good work.

Pippa said...

Hooray for recycling! It's beautiful. I'm sure it will look really lovely in your nursery.

Yamma Mamma said...

Cute Cute Cute! I love it!

The Collettes said...

Have you ever considered applying for Martha's job?
Just a thought.

Your quilt is WAAAYYY better than the one on her website! Kudos!

Kim Youngblood said...

i love this idea. my grandpa past away a few years ago and all he wore was button down shirts. he had so many and everyone in the family took some but of course nothing has been done with them. I think this would be a fun way to display all the different shirts and something to remember him by.

thanks for sharing. i just found your blog the other day and every moment i've had i have been going through it. so many fun ideas.