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.
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.
-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)