My dad is the king of flannels. I don’t think there has been a fall, winter, or spring day that my dad hasn’t worn one of his flannel shirts, for at least a portion of the day, and most of the time it’s from sun up until sun down.
Now that flannels seem to be a trend (don’t actually take my word on that one – I know nothing about style), I still can’t bring myself to wear them, because I know I’d look in the mirror and think I look like my dad. But, I can definitely cut apart his torn, shrunken, ratty old ones and use them in my home decor! In fact, I love that when I look at my little dining room table I think of my dad…I just don’t want to look like him.
I started with a few of his old flannel shirts and didn’t fit anymore, or had holes in the armpits that you could fit, well, your arm into. I also had a couple of sweaters that I had shrunk down to smaller than I could have even fit into in college.
I cut up the old shirts into strips that were 15″ in length and varying widths. I wanted the length of each strip to be the same, because this would form the edges of the table runner. Then, I simple sewed the strips together, with the right sides facing together, and then flipped them over for a clean seam.
The bottom is unfinished, but to give it a finished edge, I just ironed and sewed a hem along each edge. (I made sure the finished edges of the shirt (the button side) started and ended the runner, so I didn’t need to finish those edges at all.)
UPDATE: If I were to do this project all over again, I would have done two things differently. First, I would have sewed all the flannel pieces together first. Then, I would have topstitched the sweater strips on top of the flannel runner. Sweaters just stretch much differently than the flannels, and it made the edges sort of wonky when I sewed them together as I did.
I also would have given a back to this runner, to help it lay flatter and look cleaner. I should have taken the long flannel panel (with the sweaters sewn on top) and placed it wrong side together with another piece of fabric. Then, I could have just stitched almost all the way around, leaving a small opening, turned it right side out, and then sewed up the opening.
You live and you learn.
I purposely kept some of the pieces with pockets or buttons, because I think it adds to the upcycled charm.
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