January 15, 2014

The Best Blanket Ever

One of the things I included on my 30 before 30 list was a t-shirt blanket.  I have seen these floating around Pinterest and thought it was such a cool idea to keep old t-shirts.  One of my favorite things is the feeling of an old t-shirt.  I knew that I would never be able to sew, so I would have to get creative on my methods of creating the blanket.

I started collecting t-shirts from the back of my closet when we did our giant Project Declutter and put them in a separate box.  Then I returned that box to the back of my closet to be dealt with later... like when I became creative or talented.


Then, a miracle happened.  One of my best friends, Annika, made her own 30 before 30 list and she wanted to make a t-shirt quilt.  WHAT?!?!?!?!  How crazy that I have a bunch of t-shirts and an incredibly strong desire for a quilt just like the one she wanted to make.  OK fine, maybe we talked about it and she said she would help me because it would be a good project for her to work on some techniques.  But, I was beyond excited to have a friend that was willing to help me.

She came over one day back in August and I pulled out the box of t-shirts and showed her what we were working with.  We picked out the shirts we were going to use and then a few back-ups.  She helped me understand how we would have to cut them to make them work.


Then she took them and left my house.  I figured we'd make a trip to the fabric store and I'd help with anything she'd let me.  Then we moved.  Annika mentioned a few times that her mom had helped her a little, but she was working on it.  Then one day right around Christmas, we got a text from her asking if our building had a doorman that accepted packages.  And this came... on Annika's birthday... to our apartment.



That little Minnesota added to the back is my favorite part.  Also, if you're wondering why those pictures aren't great quality, it's because we didn't take the time to lay it out nice and take out the good camera.  We wrapped ourselves in it immediately and have been fighting over it since.


This, my friends, is an epic gift.  I can easily say that it is the best blanket ever.  We are so grateful that Annika (with a little help from her mom) took so much time and energy and made this for us.  We are in love with it.  I recommend everyone make one of these or find someone awesome enough to do it for you.

16 comments:

  1. "like when I became creative or talented"..... I'm still waiting for that day to come to me.

    But what an amazing gift!! Lucky you to have such a sweet friend. :) I love t-shirt blankets, and have MORE than enough old shirts to make one with eventually. But then there's that whole creative thing.

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  2. LOVE THIS!!! I have always wanted one of these too.... and I'm sad that over the years I've gotten rid of sooo many t-shirts. I'm already that crazy person who wants to save their kids t-ball shirts and do this for them though! hahha!

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  3. omg i love this! i had no idea this could be done!

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. I love these! I've always thought they were such a fun (& cozy) way to hold onto memories!

    Carly | CBH

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  5. I've always wanted one of these! I have so many t-shirts too, so jealous of your new blanket!

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  6. Amazing. I love this. What a truly wonderful gift.

    I am collecting MFD's to have my aunt make one for him.

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE! And I adore that little touch of MN on the back

    Another blogger recently had a quilt made from shirts from all her MS walks/fundraisers. Such a great idea!

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  8. Ah! So awesome! Gotta love awesome friends...and good t-shirts ;)

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  9. Love this SO SO much! My sister has a bunch of my dad's old t-shirts and we want to make blankets with them. :)

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  10. I had one of these made when I was in high school with old t-shirts, but I have soooo many 5k/running shirts that I should do it again with all of those!

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  11. I always have such swell intentions to 1. Learn to sew & 2. Put those skills to good use and make a t-shirt blanket. Thanks for sharing, yours came out extra snazzy!

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  12. Gotta admit that is a cool blanket. I want one too!

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  13. such a thoughtful and awesome gift, what a wonderful friend you have. Cherish the blanket and all the memories the t shirts hold for you

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  14. I REFUSE to get rid of my old tee-shirts, every single one of them comes with me when we move lol! Is that crazy? But I just love them and they all hold special memories from events or times in my life! Gosh, some of them are from like the 7th or 8th grade! I absolutely adore this idea and mayyyyy be creating my own if I can part with cutting them lol..

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