create: a tshirt throw

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

A couple of years ago, Little Man received his first tshirt that he was ENAMORED with. It was a Super Mario tshirt that my mom found for him in the States. He wore that thing almost daily. Once he outgrew it, it was a big deal for him to part with it, so I told him I would put it aside and make something out of it. Originally I thought a pillow as I had made a quilt pillow for his sisters room makeover.

Last weekend, we were going through his clothes in his dresser to rid all the ones he had outgrown and I remembered the stack of a few shirts I had saved. Ones he loved. I figured I had enough now to make something for him.

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

So I decided to make him a quick throw. Nothing too big, that would take me too long to make. Otherwise it would become something that would never get done. My goal was to start AND finish it in a few days. And I did.

I cut all his shirts into 12″ X 12″ squares as best as I could. One from the front and one from the back. Nice thing about jersey is that it is forgiving. Some squares were wonky. This also nicely gave me 2 of each colour which was nice.

I made a diagram of how I wanted the squares to lay out. I wanted it to look very random so I knew I need to think a lot about that. (Ironic isn’t it!). I didn’t want the colours to touch and I wanted the graphics to be facing all different directions. I didn’t want an UP on this blanket.

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

For the backing I used a flannel sheet that we had bought but wasn’t our favourite to use on our bed. I figured this was a better use of that cozy flannel. I laid the quilted side out and quickly cut around it to make the back. (Seriously, no measuring. I was NOT going for perfection!)

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

I sewed up the quilt like a pillow and turned it inside out and then stitched around the outside and down all the seams.

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

Done!

create: a tshirt throw - jannybean.ca

Again, this is NOT perfect. It is a slightly wonky shape. There are a couple of little gathers in the stitching on the back. But I love how it turned out. And so did he! So much so that he slept with it last night.

And the funny thing in the end was what he told me “Mom, it’s PERFECT!”

What things would you love to do but are afraid because you want it to be perfect?