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Topic: T-Shirt Quilt **EDITED TO ADD TUTORIAL AS REQUESTED!**  (Read 13101 times)
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Kpuppy
« on: September 28, 2006 07:46:49 PM »

I know that a lot of these have been posted here, but I'm quite proud of mine, considering it is my first sewing project in AGES.

This is my t-shirt quilt, made from some of the dozens and dozens of t-shirts that I have collected from my time at Marshall University. Some of the t-shirts just have my school logo, others are shirts from more specialized events (the science fair I judge annually, my summer-research group, etc.) I also used blank squares, and I put some upside down because it is really meant to be a stadium blanket (for cold football games!), and I don't want it to matter which way it is held.

Front:


The back is polar fleece, which is Marshall fleece (!) that I found at the local Wal-Mart (yeah, I hate shopping there, but I needed Marshall fleece for my quilt!)


Sorry for the dumb look on my face, my boyfriend is not good at taking pictures!

**EDIT**

Ok, someone asked for a tutorial. I feel a little silly posting this because it was that easy, but here it goes anyway:

1) Choose your shirts. I ended up using the backs of shirts as well (blank panels), but I would say that if you want a design on every square of your quilt, you will need about 25-30 shirts, if you don't mind having blank panels, about half of that. Notice that I also used a green bandana -- you aren't limited to t-shirts!!

2) Cut 13"x13" squares from each shirt. I made a template from cardboard first, which made it much easier (that way I didn't have to measure each square) **NOTE: the 13"x13" idea was taken from "Generation T: 108 ways to transform a t-shirt"...for all other parts of this project, I did not follow this project**

3) IMPORTANT! Lay all your squares out on the floor in the pattern you want them to be on your quilt. I don't suggest trusting yourself, because you will end up with two of the same shirt together or something if you don't do this step. It is hard to keep track of all the squares in your head.

4) Now, I sewed the whole top together in one evening, so I just took each row of squares, pinned and sewed them together and then layed it back down on the ground. After all the rows were sewed, I took the first two rows, pinned and sewed, then pinned the third, so on and so forth. I wouldn't recommend pinning the whole shebang together..that makes it very hard to sew.

5) Once you have everything sewed together, lay the top of your quilt out on the floor, right side facing up.

6) Note about fabric backing: If you are using a light weight fabric, use batting as well. I used fleece because I wanted this to be a throw, not a blanket, but since I made this, I made another one for a little girl's bed. I put flannel on the back and batting in between the layers...it is a perfect blanket for the bed!

7) I got two yards of fleece backing, which turned out to be perfect. Most fabrics are about 60" wide...allowing for seam allowance, you will notice that 5 squares (using 13"x13" squares) is just under 60"....this is not an accident. However, if you want your blanket to be wider, I would just get 4 yards and sew them together lenthwise, then you have ~120" to work with.

Cool lay your fabric backing on top of your quilt top, right side down (if you are using batting, put the batting on top of the fabric backing) pin the two sides together, trimming any excess backing (and batting) as you go.

9) Sew the top and back together, leaving about a square's length unsewn to turn right side out. Use "invisible stitch" to close up your open square.

10) You can quilt this anyway you would like. I took the easy way out, and I just made a square knot using yarn and a big yarn needle at the corner of each square. I wouldn't suggest skipping this step, however, because you want the top of the quilt to be securely attached to the fabric batting.

VOILA!
This takes about two evenings. It is very easy to do all the cutting in one evening, and then all the sewing in the next...you could have a quilt by the end of the week!
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006 06:14:32 AM »

I'm not a sports fan at all, but I think that's totally awesome.  Good job!

One of these days I am going to make me one.
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Kpuppy
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006 07:05:50 AM »

Thanks! It isn't really a 'sports' thing at all, just stuff about my school.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006 02:13:38 PM »

I just had to reply to this because of three things:

1) It's fantastic

2) I have a bucket-load of old tees I've been planning to transform into a quilt (now I just have to learn to sew)

3) That is where I go to college =D
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Kpuppy
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006 02:57:30 PM »

I just had to reply to this because of three things:

1) It's fantastic

2) I have a bucket-load of old tees I've been planning to transform into a quilt (now I just have to learn to sew)

3) That is where I go to college =D

That is where I go to college! What is your craft?
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006 04:27:14 PM »

I'm an art major /  theatre minor! So that means I'm usually hole-d up in one of two buildings. They kinda stuff the art majors away so we don't get out much, heh.

It's awesome to meet you! This is too cool - I pretty much never meet anyone online where we're from!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2006 05:32:31 PM »

First of all, fabulous job!  Cheesy
How did you make it? I made one once and I found it hard to make each t-shirt the exact same size and to line them up properly. I backed mine with an extra flat sheet I have...I'm in Florida, so stadium blankets are non-existent  Cool
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Kpuppy
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006 08:42:35 PM »

First of all, fabulous job!  Cheesy
How did you make it? I made one once and I found it hard to make each t-shirt the exact same size and to line them up properly. I backed mine with an extra flat sheet I have...I'm in Florida, so stadium blankets are non-existent  Cool

I cut all the shirts to 13"x13". They weren't all perfect at all, I didn't even use a rotary cutter. Some were a bit smaller, some were a bit larger, I just made sure to be careful with the pinning before stitching the seams, so they all worked. It was actually very, very easy.
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tivaclare
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2006 08:44:13 PM »

Not at all familiar with the school...but excellent work. It's a great way to give new life to all the lame shirts one ends up with at college...
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Kpuppy
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2006 08:47:11 PM »

You will be familiar with the school...there is a huge movie coming out on Dec. 22 about it!

Thanks for the compliments...most of the shirts were ones I would never wear again anyway.
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lizziibee
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2006 04:45:15 PM »

That is really cool and a great idea. Did it take you long?
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Kpuppy
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2006 05:01:23 PM »

That is really cool and a great idea. Did it take you long?

Not at all! I could have finished it in one evening, but I had the idea, started and finished sewing together all the t-shirt panels and then I didn't feel like going to the store to get fabric for the backing. Once I did that, it only took an hour or two more.
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lizziibee
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2006 08:04:48 AM »

You should do a tutorial  Wink ............. please?!
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Kpuppy
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2006 05:36:56 PM »

I will do a tutorial soon!
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2007 11:04:01 AM »

What an amazing way to remember some great years... You've inspired me to try one of my own.. Ive always wanted to make a quilt... Great job... And by the way the Wal-mart polar fleece looks amazing
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2007 11:52:19 AM »

I opened this up to see the t-shirt quilt and GASPED when I saw it was MU. 

Incredible quilt.  I'm anxiously awaiting the tutorial! Smiley  I used that same fleece last Christmas and the matching panels for some gifts.

I'm a Marshall alumni or is it alumnus?  I grew up and still live in Huntington.  My grandfather was a biology prof. at MU in the 80's.  It is extremely cool to see some people from the area on here.  Small world huh?
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2007 04:11:43 AM »

I opened this up to see the t-shirt quilt and GASPED when I saw it was MU. 

Incredible quilt.  I'm anxiously awaiting the tutorial! Smiley  I used that same fleece last Christmas and the matching panels for some gifts.

I'm a Marshall alumni or is it alumnus?  I grew up and still live in Huntington.  My grandfather was a biology prof. at MU in the 80's.  It is extremely cool to see some people from the area on here.  Small world huh?

Yay! for Marshall! I'm from Pittsburgh, went here for undergrad, liked it so much that I stuck around to do my Master's!!

Anyway, I've always been very proud to go to Marshall, but since the movie came out, I'm extra special proud!
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2007 06:29:06 PM »

this blankie is awesome!! i wanan make one with high school shirts once i'm out in 09!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2007 01:36:13 AM »

Thats great- thanks for the tute  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2007 02:37:40 PM »

That turned out very cool.  My son has wanted one made out of his favorite t-shirts that he has outgrown.  I think I will make one out his fav rock/concert tees.  Thanks for the awesome tute.
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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2007 05:57:24 PM »

I've always wanted to try the T-Shirt quilt that is in Gen. T, but I like your idea a lot too! Now...to gather up some t-shirts.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2007 08:23:18 AM »

I am totally, amazingly impressed by your tshirt quilt.  I had no idea that this could be so easy, though every sewing project is challenging for me.

I need to study a bit more on the tyeing between the squares part.

You were so lucky to locate the exact fleece needed for the backing.

It's great to have the tutorial for a quilt, like this, without the need for actual traditional quilting.

thanks.  catdaddytn
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2007 06:53:25 PM »

The tying between the squares is very easy, here is how I did it:

I threaded a sharp yarn needle (like a tapestry needle, I guess) with embroidery floss and at the point where 4 squares meet, I put the needle through and then back again. Then, I tied a tight square knot, cut the thread and moved on to the next place where four squares met.
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