A good friend of my sister’s lost her husband a few years ago. She still had three of his Hawaiian shirts in her closet, and when she saw a quilt made out of old shirts, she knew she wanted to use the Hawaiian shirts for quilts for her three children. Since she’s not a quilter, Sally put the SOS out to me. The timing was perfect, as we were going to a retreat at The Wild Rose.
Sally brought along the shirts and I started unstitching them.
It was really a bigger job than I thought, but I wanted to make the most of the fabric. I ended up cutting the shirts into 4-1/2″ squares. I divided them in thirds and put one stack up on the design wall to balance out the colors.
I wanted the quilts to be similar, but still different, and I wanted the prints to be the “stars” of the show. So I decided I would use solids and set the blocks together with sashing and cornerstones.
It’s a very simple setting, but I think it served its purpose.
I finished them off with a simple stipple.
Each shirt had a pocket, so I stitched one to the back of each quilt.
I was pleased with the way they turned out.
I’m sure the kids will treasure them.
If you want the fabric requirements to make one of your own, they’re below. This is also a great way to show off fussy cut, novelty prints or even photo transfer blocks.
Hawaiian Shirt Quilt
1 Hawaiian shirt (I got enough squares from each shirt to do one quilt, but I mixed them up for interest)
7/8 yard cornerstones and inner border fabric
2-1/4 yards sashing and outer border
4 yards backing
From the Hawaiian shirts cut 80) 4-1/2″ squares
From the cornerstone/inner border fabric, cut 10) 2-1/2″ strips. Cut four strips into 2-1/2″ squares for cornerstones. Use remaining squares for inner border.
From the sashing/outer border fabric cut 18) 2-1/2″ strips; crosscut into 142) 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangles for the sashing. Then cut 7) 4-1/2″ strips for the border
Cut the backing into two equal pieces.
I pulled the backing around to the front of the quilts and machine stitched for the binding.