05 September 2009

Patches

So it's been getting cooler in the house at night, and I love the feeling of sleeping under a comfy blanket. I have this trusty old down filled comforter:
from Woolrich,
but it's seen better days. This is just one of the holes it wears:

But I also have this pile of old shirts, well worn and well loved with frayed collars and cuffs:


My plan is too cut the shirts into squares, then sew them to the old down blanket, hence creating a sort of crazy quilt built of men's shirt-cloth. Cool, right? It's a project I've been thinking about for a while now, but was too scared to try. I think I'm finally ready.

Any advice from you crafty types out there? (Jean Martha, Lisagh, I'm looking at you...)

6 comments:

lisagh said...

Ooooh... this is a challenge. It'll undoubtedly look really cool, but I'm not sure I could explain what I'd do in a comment.

Let me ponder a while :)

Dale P.L. Chadwick said...

Are you expanding into a lifestyle brand already? Ralph better watch his back. Look forward to the pictures.

Young Fogey said...

I can see it now...

An Affordable Comforter™. With a cover made out of earth-friendly recycled shirts, An Affordable Comforter™ is filled with 100% recycled batting crafted from previously-owned wool socks. Like all the reused materials going into it, An Affordable Comforter™ is made with pride in America.

An Affordable Comforter™. Available exclusively at Giuseppe's Shop for Men (Boston-San Francisco-London-Milan).

Michael said...

I'm assuming you've had the collars and cuffs turned already by your trusty tailor/seamstress? In the spirit of wasting not...

Young Fogey said...

Michael,

Could you elaborate, please? When my cuffs start to fray, it's right at the outer edge, and no amount of turning them over is going to hide that. Same thing with collar points.

monogramgirl said...

Oh, you should have a duvet made of them, and then you can slide your gorgeous old snuggly comforter right in. But will you feel like you're wearing a dress shirt to bed? If it was me, it might keep me up at night:)