mandy munroe

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Shabby Chic Quilt Top

As part of the clearing out going on here in my sewing room, I discovered a nearly completed quilt top made from old shirts, doilies, tea towels and tablecloths. I also found three bags of filleted shirts, yokes and cuffs and more shirts and sheets I was hanging onto, in case I needed them 🙂

So today I completed the final strip on the quilt top, rescued all of the buttons and filled some charity bags with the whole shirts and threw away the entrails. Why I thought I would need quite so many shirts is beyond me!

Anyway here are some of the highlights of the top. It needs a good press but as it will be folded back into a (much smaller) bag tonight, I’ll save that until I have the time to layer it up and quilt it. I’ll also apologize for the poor photos, it’s been hailing here today, the sky has been black.


This lovely embroidery was already trimmed from a table cloth when I bought it at Unravel a few years ago.


The cocktail glass was a stab at thread painting on an old napkin. It was fun to be able to include it (and a few others), they weren’t going to be used anywhere else!


This was a vintage tray cloth found in a charity shop. We had some fun days out hunting for these treasures a few years ago.

I used some of the labels from the shirts as well as the tails to add some curves where possible.


This was a blackwork sample, a tea towel and some ribbon I’d been hoarding.


A few hours of sewing and I’ve tidied a little corner. Sewing = Tidying 🙂

I’ve also ticked a few boxes on the recycling and upcycling front too.

So great to be back at the machine!


9 comments on “Shabby Chic Quilt Top

  1. navybluethreads
    March 2, 2016

    What a great idea, the subtle blue and white colour way of the shirts really compliments the embroidery. Lovely!

  2. I.J. Bull
    March 2, 2016

    Hi Mandy, I’m in OZ making yet another quilt from lovely Italian fine cotton shirt fabric rescued from an industrial skip.wish I could bring some of it home, there’s enough for a few more quilts. Love the shabby chic! Hate waste.

  3. ukcitycrafter
    March 2, 2016

    This is lovely Mandy, I love a good thrifty shirt quilt!

  4. Chris @made by ChrissieD
    March 3, 2016

    It’s going to be fabulous finished, it already is 😀

  5. Mary Pat Smith
    March 3, 2016

    It’s rare that you can use the word “entrails” when writing about quilting!

  6. KerryCan
    March 3, 2016

    I have intended to make a similar sort of quilt for years–I have SO many pieces of vintage linens that deserve to be saved in spite of having some damage. Maybe seeing your quilt top will inspire me . . .

  7. pomegranateandchintz
    March 3, 2016

    This is so lovely, Mandy. I’ve been collecting “stuff” for a couple of years to make something similar – must get onto it!

  8. mandymunroe
    March 30, 2016

    Thanks for all of your lovely comments, I was a little embarrassed to show such a “naked” quilt here but I really was supposed to be cleaning hehe!

  9. renew or redo
    September 9, 2016

    Very nicely done

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