T-Shirt Quilt and Directions

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A t-shirt quilt story and directions to make your own quilt.

You have a dresser drawer or closet full of old t-shirts. It is time to get rid of and make room for going shopping for those after 4th of July sales. Maybe you just believe it is is just time to clean however, you really don't want to spend the those shirts after all these years. Like pictures, t-shirts hold memories of the time when...

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What / things be done with the gain the floor of the multiple sizes and colors of old t-shirts from either your kid's days playing soccer or little league? Think about your old college shirts or even the ones saved from secondary school activities. Those need to mean something or they still may not be in the back of your closest.

As opposed to tossing all of these great memories, saved for thus long, turn them into a t-shirt quilt.

I labored on a t-shirt quilt to get a friend, whose son perished a few years ago. T-shirts are not only memories now they are gifts almost daily shared that can do not be returned.

Her son have also been a student in my classroom, my years ago. As I cut, iron, sew, and quilt memories of a young man flood back and earn me smile. Since the quilter, I am pleased to have the ability employ my talents in order that the family will be able to snuggle beneath the quilt made with purchasing of joys and peace using son.

Old shirts transformed into a t-shirt quilt can be a lifetime of memories.

Here are a couple pointers to follow when generating your t-shirt quilt:

The instructions are based on a 15" finished square T-shirt block. The quilt will ultimately have the same sized quilt block with fabric sashing involving the shirt/ blocks and a fabric border.

First, check all your tee shirts to make sure that the designs will go with a 15" square. Sizes: every size include 1 1/2" sashing plus a 2" border and are based on a 14 1/2" finished t-shirt block. When the shirts are smaller than the above mentioned size, sewing shirts together can form one block.

12 shirts is likely to make a throw-size quilt, approx. 48" x 64" - 3 across x 4 down.
20 shirts could make a twin size quilt, approx. 64" x 82" - 4 across x 5 down
30 shirts could make a full size quilt, approx. 82" x 96" - 5 across x 6 down.
36 shirts is likely to make a queen size quilt, approx. 96" x 96" - 6 across x 6 down.
42 shirts can make a king size quilt, approx 110" x 96" - 7 across x 6 down.

The first step - Select Shirts - Ensure the shirts are neat and not stained.

Step 2 - Fusible Interfacing - Each shirt have to be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing in order to avoid it from stretching. Purchase heavyweight fusible Pellon iron-on interfacing. Good quality permits less stretching from the t-shirts. Buy enough for 17" per shirt. Iron on first before cutting the shirts to the required square size.

3 - Fabric for Sashing/Border/Binding - Sashing strips form an ornamental grid between each T-shirt block. Plan on 2" sashing strips (1 1/2" when finished) involving the blocks, 2 1/2" strips (2" when finished) for that border, and additional fabric for that binding.

Step 4 - Cutting Shirts - Separate the front of the shirt from the back. Make sure the kit is smooth, iron if required. You want your shirt side to become larger than 15 inches square - ideally larger than 17 inches to adjust to the interfacing. After you apply the interfacing you will cut the shirt square on the desired size. (Mentioned in Step # 2)

Step 5 - Fusing - Cut interfacing with a 17" square. Don't piece the interfacing, it's going to show through. Position the interfacing together with the resin side recorded on the wrong side of the t-shirt, trying to center the style as much as possible. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for fusing on the back of each T-shirt. Use a press cloth which means you don't get any glue in your iron. Beware of wrinkles - once cool they don't come out!

Step 6 - Cutting the Squares - Square up each fused shirt to 15". Ensure you center the design and lettering - measure twice - cut once! Remember when cutting the structure that a 1/4 seam allowance is required as you plan your design space.

Step 7 - Arranging - Construct squares on the floor or on the bed and arrange. Alternate light/dark, busy/not so busy. Make sure the blocks can be read in the desired direction and therefore are all going in the same direction. Seriously consider repeat pattern and words to ensure that these and and not colors do not finish up in the same row or column.

Step 8 - Completing the Quilt Top - add sashing - Sashing strips are the horizontal and vertical strips between blocks. The horizontal strips should measure 15" in total x 2" wide. Cut enough sashing strips to enhance all the t-shirts except the underside row. Sew horizontal strips to the bottom of each block, except the blocks towards the bottom row. Sew blocks together in order to create columns. To keep the quilt straight, use posts in the corners of the block and between your sashing strips. Using a contrasting color makes for a "pop" in this post design.

Step 9 - Sew the sashing strips onto each block, first. Make certain that first and last block of each row has a sashing strip on each end. Now sew the strips for relating to the rows of the blocks together adding the posts between the strips. Include one strip for each block. There should be a strip between each row of blocks as well as above and below the blocks to form part of the border. The side border will probably be made automatically while you complete the rows.