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 to 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 cut up some of his 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. I did the same with an old, shrunken sweater of mine and then sewed the strips together.
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.)
I purposely kept some of the pieces with pockets or buttons, because I think it adds to the upcycled charm.
I’ll have some more pictures soon with the table runner actually on our kitchen table, but for that to happen, I would need to finish the wainscoting project that’s taking place in that room right now. I’m setting a personal deadline to be finished before Thanksgiving…only 3 years after we started remodeling our kitchen.
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