6 Steps to creating your own T-Shirt Quilt
T-Shirt quilts are a great way to use those old T-shirts that have been hanging around for a while but that you no longer wear. They offer a fun and unique way to repurpose old shirts and also a practical way to use them. They are a great way to add a unique touch to a bedroom or living space while also saving those old shirts from the landfill.
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T-shirt quilts are a great way to keep memories alive or give a totally unique present. You can give some of your prized shirts a second life with only a little bit of prep work (and a lot of tees). It all begins in your closet! We've created this super simple infographic to get you started with choosing your shirts
While there are a number of professional makers that can produce a T-shirt quilt for you, we'll show you how to build one yourself in this step-by-step guide.
While turning your complete collection into a quilt is perfectly okay, consider grouping your tees into themes and producing multiple quilts. You might have a stack of tees from high school or college in your closet. Perhaps you've gathered them from different vacation places or performances. Make sure you have enough of whatever you choose. Here's a quick reference:
Lap- 16 panels- 4'x4'
Small- 24 panels- 4'x6'
Medium- 30 panels- 5'x6'
Large- 36 panels- 6'x6'
X Large- 42 panels- 6'x7'
XX Large- 49 panels- 7'x7'
Tip: You can use the front and the back of your shirts and this will count as TWO of your panels. We find even blank squares look amazing in your quilt!
- Sewing Machine and or a serger
- Cotton thread
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- 12.5" plastic square
- Fleece backing in the sizes mentioned above- tip, the max-width you can typically purchase in fleece is 60" so anything over the 5x6' you will need to buy double and join in the middle
Using your rotary cutter and cutting mat, begin to cut each individual square. Tip- use the lines on your guide to line up any text on your shirts and ensure that your motifs is as central as possible. Press every square on the backside on the correct iron temperature.
Arrange your squares to create a pattern that you like in the size that you have chosen
Tip- try to make sure that the colors are distributed evenly across the blanket.
It's now time to sew your rows together. Place the first two squares motif sides together and sew along the right edge. Continue to do this with each square on the row by placing the next square on top of the last sewn and sewing down the right edge. Do this until you've completed your row. Seams should be pressed open to reduce bulk.
After you've completed all of your rows, it's time to put them all together. Sew the top seam by pinning row 1 to row 2 graphic sides together, aligning seams. After that, push the seam open. Repeat until you've sewed all of your rows together.
You are now ready to add the backing. Lay your finished blanket top face down onto the right side of your backing fabric (both right sides together) and pin around the edge. Sew around the whole perimeter leaving a gap on the bottom edge of around 6" to use for turning. Remove pins, trim seams, and then turn the right way out through the opening.
Press your blanket using a pressing cloth or spare piece of material. Topstitch around the entire outer edge with a 1/4 inch seam ensuring that your opening is tucked up and caught in the seam- hand-stitch it closed if it has failed to catch
And you're done! Congrats :) We would LOVE to see your end result, feel free to tag us on social media.
Once you begin creating these awesome keepsakes you’ll never want to stop! Make sure you stay super organized and keep all of your pattern pieces, materials and cutting guides stored in containers or storage solutions- that way, you’ll always be ready to make your next blanket!
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