(It's something that some girlfriends and I had done many years back when we made pillows out of some wool jackets that were left after a loved one's passing. Back then we thought we would create a business, and call it "Memor-ease"....that never happened.)
I originally started this post almost two years ago, and found it as a draft in my list of posts. I remember now that I didn't want to post it until I had given all these gifts to their recipients. I decided to go ahead and post this now, hoping to inspire you to re-purpose materials that will always spark memories of someone dear.
Anyway, I gathered a selection of dress shirts, and began to design things. I made various pillow covers, and when a new baby arrived in the family, I designed and made him a quilt with shirt fabric from the grandfather he would never get to know. I also created some aprons, and covered a small box with shirt fabric and buttons.
Small sewing box covered in shirt fabrics & buttons
Apron constructed of three different shirt fabrics
I copied the doggie patterns from some baby p.j.s that I bought, drew patterns and cut all the pieces. Then, ironed on and machine-appliqued each piece.
THE FINISHED QUILT, minus a bit of personalization that I added at the end.
The shirt fronts make great backsides for pillow, complete with button closure
This was a flannel shirt; the red and blue appliques came from other solid-colored shirts.