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« on: March 08, 2004 11:06:28 AM »

has anyone here every made a t-shirt quilt, where you cut out the designs on a bunch of t-shirt and sew them together? i want to make one so i would appreciate some tips! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004 07:03:28 PM »

I HAVE!! <<Raises hand>>

look at this thread...

I cut out the designs from the shirts, (I used the backs of some) and used fusible interfacing to keep them from stretching...lots of fusible interfacing, but then I had lots of shirts.  I've seen where people just cut out generic squares, and put strips between each square, but that wasn't my style, so I did A LOT of piecing, and rearranging and filling in with old pj pants.  I sewed most of it by hand (all the shirts and the denim to the sides...)  It took about 2 weeks of non-stop sewing! Originally I was gonna do it all one-sided, but it would have been WAY TOO BIG...about king-size.  But the way I did it, it covers the entire top of my full size bed...

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2004 09:39:09 AM »

in case you arent good with the fusible interfacing...you can use muslin...it isnt fused to the shirt but makes it easier to peice...
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2004 12:44:51 PM »

im in the process of collecting enough t-shirts that no oone wants to make into a blanket... i htink it will look great very vintage... im going to cut out the picture on shirts or logos  or sayins (things like ie. "You laugh because im stupid i laugh cause im dont know what is going on")
they are in all diffrent sizes adn shapes but none circular ... im goign to sew them together and then but like the bed stuffing in it the sheets and then sew a sheet to the back probaly a black one...
i think it will look cool.. once i ever finish it i will try to get a picture up... tell me your thoughts please..
and by the way this is my first post i've been looking around alot and i thought it was abouttime i joinedthe party this place is freakin awesome

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2004 05:00:14 PM »


look there

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2004 08:45:42 PM »

I made one of those with all my shirts from High School productions. (Musicals, shows I was in) I think it is is an awesome way to use t shirts that you wouldn't normally wear. Can't wait to see pics!

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2004 05:37:15 AM »

I'm a quilter, so here's my advice:

Use iron-on interfacing on the backs of the shirts before you cut them.  It's really cheap...comes by the yard.  Then I strongly advise you cut them all the same size square...use a big pizza box lid for a template so they are all the same size.

Determine how many squares will make up a row.  Sew the squares together to make the rows, then sew the rows together.

You can buy batting of all types of loft (puffiness).  I suggest low loft.   When you put your sandwich together (backing, batting, top),  you can tie the three layers together at even intervals with embroidery floss.   I suggest a tie at every square corner.  If you don't quilt it or tie it, the three layers will flop around and be a mess.

After you do that, here's a link to a site that shows you how to put a binding on the edges.


Tee shirts make great fun quilts.  I've done a couple as wall hangings for a runner, using the tee shirts from races.

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2004 08:39:37 PM »

I saw a quilt in a magazine where they cut the torso of the shirt (with the design on it), both front and back, and made little pillows, lightly stuffed. Then they stitched all the little pillows together. It was a wonderful, puffy-looking quilt that grew as they added new shirts. This one had different sized shirt-pillows, but I think it would work better to have one standard size rectangle, making for a more even quilt. The benefits of doing it this way versus a traditional quilt technique are: it goes quickly, you can add on to it, no binding or backing, unique and cushy look. Good luck with the project!

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2004 01:54:32 AM »

One thing I'd add.... Make sure the shirts aren't too worn out.  If the fabric is too warn, putting stitches in could tear the fabric. 

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2004 10:40:21 PM »

After you do that, here's a link to a site that shows you how to put a binding on the edges.


Those are the clearest directions I've seen! Thanks so much. I just did a ton of math and drawing to figure out the geometry for a t-shirt quilt with fabric scraps between panels, and the whole "binding" thing was confusing the heck out of me (didn't want to cut anything until I had a clear plan).
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