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Sunday, September 16, 2012

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

I think t-shirt quilts are the best way to preserve those t-shirts from your college days, athletic days or just the proof that you followed Dave Matthews Band across the country. For me, I have a beautiful quilt from my many sorority events in college. I have worn it out and collected additional t-shirts.

 

Let's begin!

You'll need:
T-Shirts (Quantity depends on sizing below)
Bed Sheet (Size depends on how many t-shirts)
Sewing Machine
Heavy Duty Interfacing (one side iron-on adhesive)
Ruler and Scissors

Optional:
Quilt Batting (for a warmer blanket)
Buttons (decorative)
Yarn (decorative)

12 shirts will make a throw-size quilt, approx. 48" x 64" - 3 across x 4 down.
20 shirts will make a twin size quilt, approx. 64" x 82" - 4 across x 5 down
30 shirts will make a full size quilt, approx. 82" x 96" - 5 across x 6 down.
36 shirts will make a queen size quilt, approx. 96" x 96" - 6 across x 6 down.
42 shirts will make a king size quilt, approx 110" x 96" - 7 across x 6 down.


 Step #1- Roughly cut your t-shirts two inches larger than your desired square. I want my squares to be 16x16 so I cut my t-shirts larger.


 Step #2- Cut your interfacing to match your shirts and iron onto the back sides of your shirts. Interfacing instructions will tell you how long to iron and how long you need to let cool. This is the most important part to ensure a long-standing quilt. It also makes it 100% easier to cut and sew; jersey knit is a difficult fabric to work with.

Step #3- Now that your fabric is sturdy, you can cut your pieces to your exact size. I cut all pieces 16x16. 

Step #4- Begin to sew your pieces together. Make sure when sewing your seams that front sides (right sides) must always be facing each other.

Step #5- Once you have your desired side you have the option on adding quilt batting for additional warmth. Sandwich your batting between your back (fleece, fabric or sheets) to complete your quilt.
While they snooze

Step #6- Add the finishing border with your choice of blanket binding (my choice), ribbon, or scrap fabric.
Sew Caroline


Pinterest has a lot of variation to get your creative juice flowing

If you'd rather hire someone to make a t-shirt quilt for you (I don't blame you) then my local friend, Felicia can help you out. http://www.etsy.com/shop/fleapuckett 

1 comments:

the cape on the corner said...

oh man, i ALWAYS wanted to do this. or rather, have someone else do it for me, ha.