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Do you have a lot of old shirts laying around that you don’t wear anymore, but still want to be able to look at them? Then you can turn them into a quilt. The quilt that I made is a small one, a little more than 4’ by 5’, but this can apply to any size.
 
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Step 1: Pick out your t-shirts/materials


The shirts alone won’t make much of a blanket, so you need something to back them. I used fleece, but you can use whatever you prefer.
Once you find all of your t-shirts, then you can start to lay it out. Since some of the biggest logos on t-shirts are about 13 inches, you will want to cut out 14” by 14” blocks.

**Please note that if the logos on your shirts are bigger than 13” you will have to adjust the design, If you have any questions about this just leave a comment and I can help you**

Then you have two options. If you do a checker-board pattern, with every other square just being the blank fabric you are using to back the quilt, then you need half the amount of t-shirts that you would have needed for the size of quilt you want. Also using the checker-board pattern ties the quilt together better.I took pictures of all my t- shirts so that I could lay them out on the computer first before cutting them, and then rearrange them the way I wanted. This could be done simply by folding each shirt to the size of the block, and then arrange them on the floor. But I wanted a way that I could easily move the shirts around.

Material/Tool List-

-Old T-shirts (amount varies on size of quilt and if the checker-board pattern is used or not)--Free (unless you want to count the cost of the of the shirts originally)

-Fleece/material of your choice (to back the T-shirt squares)-- $10

-Sewing Machine (can be done with needle and thread, but it will take a very long time)

-Scissors or “cutting wheel” (the cutting wheel will work better, because it is much sharper) **If you use a cutting wheel be careful, because they are very sharp and can cut you easily.

-Chalk --Free(you probably have it already)

Total cost:$10

do you need a glue like substance to make the t shirts to stretch to make a quilt?

Hi there, enjoyed your instructions for making a T-shirt quilt. You never mentioned wether you lined it or batted it with anything. Also was the black color you used the fleese you were talking about. I did not understand about the ridge you made. Can you explain, please.
woowho3 years ago
are you sewing the squares together with a plain straight stitch, a triple stitch, zig zag, or something else? my biggest issue with sewing knits is i hate using the zig zag stitch. what are your thoughts?
JaredsProjects (author)  woowho3 years ago
I hardly ever sew,  so I am not even sure what stitch I used.  I think it was a plain straight stitch, because it was just a straight line.  Sorry I don't know much about sewing, but I think that the plain straight stitch will probably work.
selenii3 years ago
jessimata3 years ago
Nice! I made my t-shirt quilt just around the time your instructable was published. I didn't fuss with the design, just cut freehand for a more random look...my t-shirts were also smaller so i had less to work with. I also lined the back with a jersey sheet and folded over in front for a finished look. Super awesome instructable!
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JaredsProjects (author)  jessimata3 years ago
That looks great!  I like the idea of using a jersey sheet to back it. 

AI
pleabargain4 years ago
Very clever! I was wondering about 'just' sewing a three sided square, shove the fleece in, and seal up the fourth side of the square... then, sew all the squares together. What do you think?
JaredsProjects (author)  pleabargain4 years ago
Do you mean sew up three sides of a fleece backed t-shirt, and then put a square of fleece inside for extra warmth? Or T-shirts back to back, so you would have a double-sided quilt, with the fleece on the inside?

I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but it sounds like it should work.  If you make one I hope that you post pictures!

AI
I made one of these a couple summers ago, they are super comfortable, great for the drive-in and useful. I just couldn't throw my old shirts away. great instructions! :)
4d33s4 years ago
I just started mine and by that I mean picked out the tee shirts I'm going to use. I'll comment again when I finish :)
JaredsProjects (author)  4d33s4 years ago
Sweet. I am looking forward to the pictures!

AI
JaredsProjects (author)  JaredsProjects4 years ago
By the way, did the instructable make sense? Was it easy to follow?
Thanks,
AI