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« on: March 13, 2006 09:59:29 AM »

I know there are a few people who've made these before, but after a long time I finally helped finished this one:

It ended up being about 3 sessions. My friends Craig and Jon have a beavy of awesome t-shirts (as evidenced here!) and asked me and a crafty pal of mine, Stacie, to help them with making a t-shirt quilt. We made each square 12" X 12". We alternated the t-shirts with dark green flannel; the backing is pieced flannel (so it'll be super warm hopefully!). It's such a pain sewing with t-shirt material, so if you look too closely you can tell that some of the pieces don't square up perfectly. If we'd thought about it beforehand we probably would have used a stabilizer.

We also ended up making our own bias tape for the edging, which I highly recommend! You can learn how to do it here[/url.
But as it is, it turned out well and they loved it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006 10:13:23 AM »

It's so cool!!! Looks like Craig and Jon have the coolest t-shirt collection ever!

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2006 05:10:23 PM »

I just saw after I posted my tshirt quilt that you had just posted one yesterday.  We must be on the same wavelength:)  Yours is awesome.  What a great selection of tshirts.  I think you did a great job of matching up the squares.  It was really hard for me to sew the t-shirt material too.

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2006 05:41:14 PM »

love it, i cant believe they gave up some great shirts to make this
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2006 08:11:41 AM »

I love it! I've been trying to get my friends to donate their old band tshirts to me to make a similar quilt. It's easy to find tshirts. If they're old, I use mine as pajama shirts or to dye my hair in... but the print on the front is always still good!

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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2006 01:27:51 AM »

I have always loved these old t-shirt quilts.  Such a good idea to use up the ones you never wear anymore.  Plus, you can never have too many blankets...I'm sitting here now at the computer with an old poncho liner.  And anything with the Jetsons on it is awesome in my opinion.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2006 02:03:05 AM »

OMG what a great idea! i have a bunch of tees that i never wear but love them so much i can't bear to throw them out. i need to make something like this!

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2006 02:51:51 AM »

I love it!
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2006 03:04:52 AM »

OMG is that a flash and green lantern shirt?! the only green lantern shirt ive seen in the shops was display only.
but anyway I love that quilt! it has some great shirts on it too  Grin
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2006 04:46:55 AM »

I SO SO SO need to do one of these with all my old tops - from uni activities, cartoons etc. My only problem is I don't know how to use a sewing machine - dad always thinks it's easier to do it for me than teach me  Undecided So how long do you guys reckon until I'm actually capable enough to achieve something like this.....?

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2006 05:39:59 AM »

this  is  realy  cool.  is  it  very heavy???  looks  nice and  long too.....   great  job.

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2006 06:56:43 AM »

Great job. I made myself a quilt like that before, and my t-shirt collection is getting so big I may need to make another one. Love it.

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2006 10:38:20 AM »

I have been wanting to make one of these and use all my old concert tshirts. You have motivated me to get it done...now I just need to get one of my sewing machines working.

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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2006 04:26:38 PM »

Haha, this is wonderful!  My boyfriend has a bunch of t-shirts, and so he attempted to make a t-shirt quilt a long time ago.  Needless to say, he only got halfway through before he accidently sewed through his thumb.  Hehe...he was fine, but scared to sew anymore so I had to finish it.  It didn't come out half as nice as yours so after seeing this post, I've been inspired to possibly redo it.   Grin
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2006 04:02:28 PM »

I've always wanted to do one of these! I actually have a bag that old t-shirts I can't bear to throw away, but that might look great on The Quilt, go into. Some would make cute pillows, too. I have only had my little sewing machine for a year or so. I can't do much on it, but I think I may be ready to tackle sewing some squares together to make something pretty nifty. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2006 09:43:06 AM »

I did that once, and I probably will make another someday. I had all these t-shirts from events and shows and vacations, and I held on to them because of "the memories," even though I NEVER wore them. So I did what you did, except since the designs were all different sizes, I cut out whatever I wanted, and laid it out on the floor, somehow hidden from my mother (I was supposed to be cleaning), filled in the empty spots with extra fabric, and backed it with pink fleece. I never used pins, so i am wondering how i did it.

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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2006 06:23:21 PM »

Very, very cool - I've had this idea in the back of my mind but honestly seeing your quilt (which I just showed to my husband) has totally inspired me. He has plastic bins from his rock tours, other bands, record company, concerts, events, comic book stuff, etc from the 80's until now. He just cannot part with them and yet they are all stained or way, WAY too small now. He lately has said he HAS to save them for our 1 year old daughter so she won't wasted money buying vintage alt rock and new wave tees on E-bay when she is a teen. ; )

Thanks again for the inspiration. I'll post my photo when I get it completed.

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« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2006 03:15:34 PM »

That's so cute!!! I love anything that invovles old t-shirts!!! Cheesy

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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2006 12:58:00 AM »

Oh my jesus.

That is too cute... and cozy. I could go for some sleep with one of them right now. And you really can't tell that the squares don't match up unless you point it out AND spend too much time looking. I love the Elroy patch... I'm definitely collecting any old T-shirts now.

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