T-Shirt Quilt and Directions

A t-shirt quilt story and directions for making your own quilt.

You have a dresser drawer or closet full of old t-shirts. It is time to clean out and make room for going shopping for those after 4th of July sales. Maybe you just find it is just time to clean but you really don’t want to part with those shirts after all these years. Like pictures, t-shirts hold memories of a time when…

So what can be done with the pile on the floor of the multiple colors and sizes of old t-shirts from either your children’s days playing soccer or little league? What about your old college shirts or the ones saved from high school activities. Those have to mean something or they still would not be in the back of your closest.

Instead of tossing all of these great memories, saved for so long, turn them into a t-shirt quilt.

I worked on a t-shirt quilt for a friend, whose son passed away a few years ago. T-shirts are not only memories now they are gifts of times shared that can never be returned.

Her son was also a student in my classroom, my years ago. As I cut, iron, sew, and quilt memories of a young man flood back and make me smile. As the quilter, I am pleased to be able employ my talents so that the family will be able to snuggle under the quilt made with the days of joys and peace with their son.

Old shirts transformed into a t-shirt quilt can be a lifetime of memories.

Here are a few pointers to follow when making your t-shirt quilt:

The instructions are based on a 15″ finished square T-shirt block. The quilt will eventually have the same sized quilt block with fabric sashing between the shirt/ blocks and a fabric border.

First, check all your tee shirts to make sure that the designs will fit into a 15″ square. Sizes: all sizes include 1 1/2″ sashing and a 2″ border and are based on a 14 1/2″ finished t-shirt block. If the shirts are smaller than the above mentioned size, sewing shirts together can form one block.

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 – Select Shirts – Make sure the shirts are clean and not stained.

Step 2 – Fusible Interfacing – Each shirt must be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing to prevent it from stretching. Purchase heavyweight fusible Pellon iron-on interfacing. Good quality permits less stretching of the t-shirts. Buy enough for 17″ per shirt. Iron on first before cutting the shirts to the required square size.

 

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