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Moving her into residence was not only a huge emotional step, but also required the huge task of moving only her 'necessary' belongings into her dorm. As she packed her clothes, she started a pile of t-shirts that held sentimental value for her. Some were from sports teams that she had played on, and some were from summer camps. They all had one thing in common - Hope wasn’t quite ready to part with them yet.
I decided to make a simple cotton throw that incorporated some of her favorite t-shirts. This would also be a great project for clothes that your child has grown out of. You can make this project as elaborate or as simple was you’d like.
I decided to take the simple approach. I used Fiskars 8" Easy Action Scissors and firm piece of cardboard to trim a 10 inch square from each t-shirt. I wasn’t worried about capturing the entire logo or name, but if you are, be sure to allow at least a _ inch border all the way around. I find it easiest to work on a large surface, so I protect my table with Fiskars 24" x 36" Cutting Mat
After cutting the squares, I stitched each edge to a strip of patterned cotton. If I got off track, the seam ripper in the Fiskars Sew Taxi made it easy for me to correct my mistakes. After stitching all the squares together, I ironed on a fusible backing, then pinned the right side to the right side of a coordinating fabric. I stitched around all sides, leaving a small opening to turn right-side-out. I then hand stitched the opening closed. As this point, you can quilt the throw, or simple leave as is. (tip: Susan Weinwroth has a great quilting tutorial here.
Other ideas for capturing memories with fabric:
Remember that memory keeping isn’t limited to paper and scrapbooks! What can you create with your fabric memories today?