Whatever the story is, you’ve got a bunch (ok, a ton) of t-shirts that you no longer wear but that you’re too attached to, to throw out. Sound familiar? Maybe you want to make a quilt out of them instead.
Having learned a bit more about quilting, t-shirt quilting, and sewing in general, I’ve completed my third t-shirt quilt. I'm quite pleased with how this third one came out - I used interfacing to hold the t-shirt material together better, I varied the size of the blocks, and over all, I did a much neater job.
I am by no means an expert - but I have learned a lot, so I thought I’d share instructions, as well as tips and resources with you.
(If you want someone else to do it for you, and you want it to be super-fancy - check out Too Cool TShirt Quilts. Those are some pretty impressive quilts!)
1. Pick which shirts you want to use, but DO NOT cut them. I have a box of cut-before-I-measured shirts that are now unusable…don’t let that happen to you!
2. Decide on the size of your blocks - my advice is to do this by the size of your largest design that you want to use.
3. Now you can begin to cut the shirts. I use a self-healing cutting mat (like this one), a rotary cutter (like this one), and a clear ruler (like this one). Cut your blocks evenly, leaving at least ½ an inch for a seam allowance.
4. Using fusible interfacing and a hot iron, attach the interfacing to the back of the t-shirt block. Some people do this before they even cut the shirts, but that seems like a waste of interfacing to me.
5. Arrange your shirts on the floor - notice the color patterns, alternate busy/not busy prints, etc. Make sure all the shirts are facing the same direction. This site offers some nice examples of patterns and options for arrangement.
6. Sew the shirts together, making the top layer of the quilt. Some people like to add sashing between the blocks - I don't prefer that look, but it is your quilt!
If you need instructions on how to do that, here is a video about sewing pieces of fabric together:
8. Quilt the entire piece together, bind the edges, and voila! you have a t-shirt quilt!
Oh? You don't know how to finish the quilt? Or you need more information? Here's a great website that you can use as a resource - and of course, ask questions in the comment section, and I'll happy try to answer them.
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