How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

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How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt
How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt
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If you've ever wondered what you should do with all of your old t-shirts, have a fantastic time learning How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt. These quilts make wonderful sentimental DIY gifts, especially for anyone graduating high school or college. This way they can keep all their old t-shirts from school and hold on to those memories forever. All you have to do for this DIY quilt is cut, lay out, pin, and sew your t-shirts together. There's no better way to reuse and recycle t-shirts than with this t-shirt quilt DIY.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueQuilting


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I have sewn t-shirt pieces together for similar projects before, and I just adore these types of projects. Mine have always been on a smaller scale, but this would be an awesome idea to make for a baby shower, or a kid's graduation gift, and especially Christmas gifting, on a smaller scale, of course. I like to make "t-shirt napkins" and coasters out of old t-shirts, which is a little bit less intensive.

I love this idea it is so original and it means not having to throw stuff away which is always a plus in my books!! It is my Niece birthday soon could I make this in her old baby grows in the same way? or would it be more difficult to make it out of them?

I have been wanting to make one of these forever! My college roommate had one that her grandmother had made out of her old soccer uniforms. It was so fabulous! I have so many sentimental shirts just cluttering up my drawers. It would be nice to repurpose them into something beautiful and useable like this awesome quilt. I can't wait to get sewing this project.

This is a great reminder! My oldest son played soccer for years and I've kept all those team shirts. This would make a perfect gift as he is graduating from college and moving out of the house in May. It will hopefully encourage him with all the newness he's facing. Sandi C I appreciate your comment sharing some of the experience you've gained along the way and will use some of those tips too!

I have tons of old T-shirts from when my kids were little. I have been thinking of making one of these for a really long time. I have two graduating next year and I want to send them off to college with something special that they can keep and think about home when they are lonely.

I have made a few t-shirt quilts over the years and I am often surprised at how heavy they can be. I generally put a fusible light to medium weight interfacing behind each t-shirt. I also back the quilt with fleece and turn it the same way this pattern suggests. Has anyone used a lighter interfacing on the back of the t-shirt blocks and has it been stable enough? What type of backing do you use?


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