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20-Panel T-shirt Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Classic
BobbiSpain on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? T-shirts and flannel sheets for the borders & backs. Quilt batting.

BobbiSpain on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I have made over 75 t-shirt quilts for customers, the feedback has been positive and encouraging. I'm happy to give people a way to tell their "t-shirt stories!"

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Before you cut the shirts, iron them with starch. Using starch gives the knit fabric some rigidity that makes the cutting & sewing easier and more consistent. I buy starch by the gallon and mix my own spray solution...three parts water to one part starch.

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Where did you get the pattern or instructions?

10/15/2013 Flag

my grandson would love this

01/17/2014 Flag

I want to make the perfect tshirt quilt and some lap quilts in my son's memory. He passed away on July 1, 2013, at the age of 25. He was very musical and loved concerts, and the great outdoors. I have about 50-75 concert t shirts to start my project. Am so nervous that I will screw this up. I've cut each tshirt into 16" squares, and have backing on them. Help me to get over my fear of putting these together?? Thank you!

02/18/2014 Flag

My granddaughter wants me to make her one from her school t shirts all the years ..where can I get this pattern?

04/12/2015 Flag

There is no pattern! I just used a 12" block template and cut the shirts into 12" blocks, which is usually a good size for adult t-shirt art work. The secret to making this work is SPRAY STARCH! Cut the front from the back of the shirt, spray some starch on the opposite side of the design that you want. Iron the fabric, and it will become more rigid. THEN it's time to cut it out. Once the blocks are cut, try different layout designs. Sew it in rows across, then sew the rows together, finish with a 6" border to frame the outside of the quilt. Put right sides together with a layer of quilt batting on the bottom. Sew around, leaving about 9" open to turn the quilt right sides out. The last step is the quilting. Pin around each quilt block...the more pins the better, so it doesn't shift. Then, I quilt in straight lines across the entire quilt, and then down each column, which frames each block nicely. Add a tag on the back gives it a nice personal touch!

04/24/2015 Flag