So, last weekend I went to the Carolyn Friedlander trunk show. I left with a bunch of new project ideas. But my favorite was this ADORABLE pattern for SHIRTS!


So cute! And so much fun to make!! The pattern is awesomely detailed and tells you how to make a shirt from a few charms! So I decided to organize a SHIRTS swap. Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by February 15. If you’re international, try to ship sooner:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!


7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts!

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. UPDATE: Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!


2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!


3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!


4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.


5. Don’t trim up the final shirt. Or if you feel the need to trim, do it to 1/2″ so that everyone can trim them how they want. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. UPDATE: If you use charms, you won’t be able to leave any additional fabric around the edges. Make sure the full 1/4″ is there:)


Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is the list that I will send my address to:)

GIVEAWAY TIME! Want to win the pattern?! Carolyn has kindly donated the pattern to one lucky participant! Just leave a comment below with the color of your favorite shirt! Bonus entry for every type of social media that you share about this swap on! Please leave an additional comment for each one. As always, international folks welcome. Giveaway open through Sunday. I’ll announce the winner on Monday!
And for those of you that need the pattern, checkout Jemellia on Etsy or Pink Chalk Fabrics. Both are offering free shipping for the pattern!
Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!


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I’m off to make shirts! This is going to be epic…

xo LC


64 thoughts on “ALL SHIRTS. No Shoes. SWAP & GIVEAWAY

  1. My favorite shirt is a blue plaid I bought for my boyfriend a couple of Christmases ago. It’s a gorgeous shade of blue.

  2. I don’t wear brightly colored shirts, but I do like the look of this pattern in brights. Especially the tangerine from Carolyn’s Architextures and Botanics lines.

  3. Ooooh this looks so fun, Lee! My favorite color shirt to wear IRL is black. My favorite color shirt in a quilt? Hrmmm probably aqua and lime. :)

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