Button Down Shirt Quilt?

What’s that? Like a t-shirt quilt, only with button down shirts? YES!! That’s exactly what it is!

This one happened to be within a ‘baby clothes quilt’, but the entire quilt can be made up of them.

button down shirt in a quilt
principal’s quilt

This one was for a school principal that was retiring. The top left shirt, second row 2nd and 4th shirts were button downs. The middle second row was a sweatshirt, the top row right has an open collar.

These types of shirts are challenging to add to a quilt, but they can either be mixed in with other shirts, or an entire quilt can be made of button down shirts alone!

What do you need to do to use those shirts? Well, trim them, just as if they were a t-shirt. They need stabilizer, but only along the opening, where the buttons and holes are, so that area doesn’t stretch apart. If you want to cut off the collar (or can based on your square size), then you don’t have to deal with it. If you have a button down collar or something cute that you want to keep, then fold the collar up, sew some plain muslin into the V / empty area of the neck, and that covers the empty space.

The difficulty can come with sewing through the many/thick layers of material those types of shirts involve. You need to be very careful with measurements, seams and allowances and guiding your machine and needle through the thick areas of the shirt.

I’ll post soon on the hockey jersey quilt I just finished. THAT was difficult! Happy quilting!!


4 thoughts on “Button Down Shirt Quilt?

  1. chindeep3141 says:

    LOVE it! What a great idea!

    • A quilt can be made out of anything really. Some ladies like their wedding dresses made into one. There are a variety of “tie memory” quilts, where the ties can either be cut up into squares or strips, can be used in a dresden plate type circle in the center, or on top of shirts (or material made to look like a button down shirt), as if it were being worn. There are so many options and ideas out there, it’s just amazing!

  2. chindeep3141 says:

    I never realized that! Really? Wedding dress quilts? I would have a difficult time allowing mine to be cut up. But, I suppose it is kind of a unique way to enjoy it every day instead of keeping it in a box. I’ll have to think about this 🙂

    • Just be sure if you do go forward with something like that, that you know the quilter is on the same page as you. That is the ultimate example of an item you do not want to be disappointed with the outcome!

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