Orphan blocks make great decoration for denim or chambray shirts. They might work on
T shirts, too, but it’s easier to put them on a woven shirt than a knit one, so I vote for “workshirts”.
Here’s an example, modeled by my friend Anna.
These blocks had been around a while 😉 You know how that goes! Then I got a good deal on some chambray shirts and bought them in all the sizes my sisters-in-law wear. They made good holiday gifts!
I suggest you turn under a 1/4″ hem on all sides of the block and then applique it to the shirt by hand or machine. Very easy. I don’t suggest quilting the block first, because even thin batting can feel uncomfortably lumpy attached to a shirt.
Here’s another one attached to the back of a shirt. I just sewed around these blocks with a straight stitch, but if you like hand applique, go for it! If you don’t know sizes and don’t want to guess, you can buy L or XL for most people; if it’s too big just explain it’s meant to be worn as an overshirt 😉
Next week: turn your orphan blocks into table runners!