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Stitch a t-shirt quilt with 16 fat quarters and recycled shirts
Finished size 66" X 80"

        Materials List:
  • Clean t-shirts
  • 2 yards Fuse-A-Knit to stabilize t-shirts 
  • 16 fat quarters (18" X 22" piece of fabric), that all look friendly together
  •  Batting twin size
  • 5 yards backing fabric (72" X 86")
  • 1 can quilt basting spray adhesive or  50 curved basting pins
  • Walking foot or even feed sewing machine attachment (take Sewing Machine Manual with to purchase)

Step 1: Gather Fabrics, T-Shirts & Embellishments

  1. Snap a picture to interview your selection.
  2. Review photo to see what you like best.

Step 2: Fat Quarters (16)

Cut all fat quarters to 17"x20"

Step 3: Stitch Fat Quarters Together

  1. Use a 1/4 " seam allowance. Right sides together and stitch. 
  2. Press seams open .

Step 4: Fuse-a-Knit

  1. Follow directions on the Fuse-A-Knit to iron to wrong side of t-shirt.
  2. Cut  t-shirts to useable size and shape.

Step 5: Cut & Layer Backing & Batting

  1. Cut Backing and Batting 6" wider and 6" longer (this allows 3" extra on each side).
  2. Lay Backing wrong side facing up, spray basting adhesive in the center of Backing. 
  3. Layer Batting start in center and smooth out wrinkles. Spray basting adhesive on Batting layer. Pins may also be used along the edges.
  4. Add the 16 fat quarters quilt top and smooth wrinkles out.                                                                                         

Step 6: Stitch Through All Quilt Layers

  1. Use the Walking Foot attachment.
  2. Set stitch length 3.6. 
  3. Stitch down center next to seams.
  4. Stitch t-shirts onto quilt through all the layers. Decorative stitches can be used.

Step 7: Trim Batting

  1. CAREFULLY cut batting even with the t-shirt quilt top layer.

Step 8: Backing

  1. Cut backing evenly on all sides (approximately  2").
  2. Fold backing edge 2 times and STITCH to t-shirt quilt top. 

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