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« on: September 20, 2006 07:29:25 AM »

Alright everyone- I was reading through the t shirt quilt topic and i couldn't really find the answer to my question....

So i'm making a t shirt quilt- I already have all my t shirts sewn together - and i'm wondering how exactly to put batting in it-and what kind to get... any advice, i have never used it before.
I want my blanket to have some warmth to it..

I was just going to use a regular bed sheet for the back of it.. So would i just sew the batting to the back of the t shirt part? and then sew it together like pillow style? turning it inside out?  Or could i use blanket binding?? i'm so confused.. Huh Wink

Any help would be MUCh apppreciated!!!
Thanks !
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 07:45:44 AM »

You need to make the "quilt sandwich". 
  • First you spread out your backing fabric, then your batting, then your top.  I usually spread them out on the floor and duct tape them in place so that they don't move until I am finished. 
  • Then you baste the layers together -- basting just holds the three layers together while you finish the quilt -- you will remove the basting later.  There are different ways of doing this (you can use special quilter's safty pins -- this is what I do -- or you can take a needle and thread and just run long stitches through all three layers).
  • Then you sew the three layers together.  The easiest way to do this is to tie the quilt at intervals -- this webpage gives a good overview of how to tie a quilt:  http://www.quiltbug.com/tie.htm.  If you tie the quilt, you can usually skip the basting step and just tie it while you have it spread out on the floor.  Another way to do it would be to sew through all three layers, either by machine or by hand -- this is (confusingingly) called quilting.  You will need to baste if you decide to quilt the quilt.  Smiley  After you've quilted or tied the quilt, then you can remove the basting.
  • Then you need to bind the quilt.  You can use purchased blanket binding, or you can make your own.  I usually make my own, but I've never made a t-shirt quilt.

Here's a website that shows a nice summary of the whole process, with pictures.  http://www.cranstonvillage.com/interest/intFeatDetailArt.aspx?id=1001

You might also find it helpful to look through the "quilting advice for beginners" thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6260.0

Edited to add: you also asked about what to use for batting.  If you want the quilt to be very, very warm, you can buy polar fleece and use that, in which case you could even skip the back layer entirely and just have the fuzzy polar fleece side as the back.  If you want warm, but not stifling, you can buy regular quilt batting -- I suggest a 100% cotton batting because it is easier to work with.  If you want cozy, but not warm, you can use flannel.
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