Upcycled/Recycled T~Shirt Tutorial #3: Memory Blanket

You know those t'shirts packed in a box way in the back of your closet that mark moments in your life;  first kiss (yep, I've got one), senior year summer concert tour, road trip through the mountains, first pregnancy...  Well go dig them out and come back, because we're going on a trip down memory lane!

At least one friend (it's really no fun going down memory lane alone!)
35 large t's
hemp & organic cotton jersey for the borders
paper or cardboard for the pattern
rotary cutter or scissors

Note:  the blanket will be double thick with raw edges on the back side.  You're free to back the blanket if you don't like the look of raw edges.

*Cut an 18" square template out of cardboard or freezer paper.

*Lay your t'shirt out flat and position the template where you'd like it to be.  Cut out the square, making sure to cut through both layers of fabric.   If you don't have a rotary cutter, trace around the template with a marker and cut through both layers with a scissors. 

*Clear all the furniture out of your living room (well I have to anyway, because our living room is really small!) and lay them in 5 x 7 rectangle.  

*Next, decide if you're going horizontal or vertical and sew up each square using a serger or the over edge stretch stitch on a regular sewing machine.  Now you'll either have 7 rows of 5 or 5 rows of seven, but either way, sew those up too!  

*For the border, measure the width of your blanket and cut 2 - 3" wide strips of hemp/cotton jersey.  Sew one to the top and one to the bottom.  Now measure the length of the blanket (including the top and bottom borders), cut 2 - 3" wide strips of hemp/cotton jersey, and sew them up.  

*Wrap up with your favorite sweety and make some beautiful new memories~

Thanks so much to Jay for the photos &  inspiration!  
You can find all her amazing eco~conscience hand dyed hemp fabrics, clothing, and accessories at Noonday Textiles.


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