How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

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    How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt. Preserve your memories of special events with a quilt made from T-shirts. Athletic events, schools, concerts and favorite children's wear combine to provide unlimited possibilities.

    Things You'll Need

    • Pins
    • Rotary cutters
    • Sewing needles
    • Threads
    • Quilting needles
    • Fabric for backing
    • Quilt frame
    • Scissors
    • Fabrics
    • Cardboard
    • Sewing machine
    • Rulers
    • Batting
    • Irons

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    Decide how large a quilt you want to make.

    Collect, wash and dry T-shirts that contain images that you wish to include in your quilt.

    Sort the shirts by the size of the images.

    Add a 2 1/2-inch border to each side of the largest image. This frame will determine the size of all of the quilt squares and will allow you to figure out how many squares will fit on the quilt.

    Make a cardboard template using the dimensions from the previous step, then cut all the T-shirts to this size.

    Apply fusible non-stretch interfacing under each image to keep the edges from curling. Leave the interface about 2 inches larger than the fabric square.

    Lay out all of the squares on the floor or a table so that you can see how the quilt top will look.

    Sew each square to the next one, forming rows.

    Sew the rows together and add borders made of woven cotton, flannel or non-stretch fleece.

    Cut and sew (if necessary) a durable, cotton-blend fabric or flannel backing or, if you have enough shirts, use shirts on both sides of the quilt.

    Fill the quilt with polyester batting.

    Finish the quilt by tying, or quilt in a hoop or quilt frame.

    • Plan your design on paper before you begin cutting.
    • Incorporate small logos, pocket art and sleeve art into blocks of 2 or 4 per square. Sew the small images together or onto a fabric square of the same size as the larger ones.
    • Pick a backing fabric that has little or no stretch.
    • Keep your scissors sharp to prevent fraying.