T-shirt Memory Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? How well it turned out and how happy she was to receive it. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time, do various layouts to determine which color variation looks best.

What you will need

  • Tee shirts
  • fleece
  • Pellon fusible 911FF
  • thread

Q&A with Kelly Kampf Sullivan

pidgeroo1680877 asked:
Hi there, i'm a beginner sewer who wants to do this with my kid's old tshirts. Could you tell me whether you serged all the edges first to stop fraying? Did you make a quilt of tshirts and then attach to the backing or did you sew each tshirt square onto the backing? Any help gratefully received, I want something long lasting but still usable and washable.
Kelly Kampf Sullivan answered:
Hi, No I did not serge the edges, I did not have a problem with fraying. I am on one right now for my son, I think I improved the process. First off I cut all the shirts, cutting them a few inches bigger then my "block" size.(gave me a little to play with). The Pellon comes in 22 wide so all I did was cut the length at 16 inches(it did leave extra that I trimmed off right away, becareful on your ironing surface). I applied according to directions. Then I trimmed my squares to the size I wanted, which ended up being 15x15 inches due to the size of some of the prints on the shirts. I think this also helps with getting the Pellon right on the edge. There are a few different ways I have seen with putting the squares together, I chose the method in the photo for the impact of the shirts, no borders. I used 1/4 inch seam allowance. Sandwiched the top, batting(warm and natural), and the backing, I used fleece. Then did the tie off method for "quilting", using lots of safety pins. Added binding(I used 100% cotton for stability, since both fabrics are stretchy) I hope this helps and that I covered everything. Let me know how it goes and good luck!