A t-shirt quilt story and directions to create your own quilt.
You've got a dresser drawer or closet filled with old t-shirts. It is time to clean out and make room for going shopping for those after Independence day sales. Maybe you just believe it is is just time to clean however, you really don't want to spend those shirts all things considered these years. Like pictures, t-shirts hold memories of an time when...
Exactly what do be done with the put on the floor of the multiple colors and sizes of old t-shirts from either your kid's days playing soccer or little league? How about your old college shirts or even the ones saved from secondary school activities. Those ought to mean something or they still would not be in the back of your closest.
As opposed to tossing all of these great memories, saved for so long, turn them into a t-shirt quilt.
I worked on a t-shirt quilt to get a friend, whose son passed on a few years ago. T-shirts are not only memories description of how the are gifts times shared that can not be returned.
Her son was also a student in my classroom, my years ago. As I cut, iron, sew, and quilt memories of an young man flood back and earn me smile. Because the quilter, I am pleased to be able employ my talents so the family will be able to snuggle within the quilt made with the days of joys and peace using their son.
Old shirts changed into a t-shirt quilt can be a lifetime of memories.
Here are a couple pointers to follow when generating your t-shirt quilt:
The instructions derive from a 15" finished square T-shirt block. The quilt could eventually have the same sized quilt block with fabric sashing involving the shirt/ blocks and a fabric border.
First, check your tee shirts to make sure that the designs will fit into a 15" square. Sizes: all sizes include 1 1/2" sashing plus a 2" border and are according to a 14 1/2" finished t-shirt block. If the shirts are smaller than the above mentioned size, sewing shirts together can take shape one block.
12 shirts can make a throw-size quilt, approx. 48" x 64" - 3 across x 4 down.
20 shirts can make a twin size quilt, approx. 64" x 82" - 4 across x 5 down
30 shirts could make a full size quilt, approx. 82" x 96" - 5 across x 6 down.
36 shirts can make a queen size quilt, approx. 96" x 96" - 6 across x 6 down.
42 shirts is likely to make a king size quilt, approx 110" x 96" - 7 across x 6 down.
The first step - Select Shirts - Guarantee the shirts are clean and not stained.
Step 2 - Fusible Interfacing - Each shirt must be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing to prevent it from stretching. Purchase heavyweight fusible Pellon iron-on interfacing. Quality permits less stretching of the t-shirts. Buy enough for 17" per shirt. Iron on first before cutting the shirts on the required square size.
3 - Fabric for Sashing/Border/Binding - Sashing strips form a decorative grid between each T-shirt block. Anticipate 2" sashing strips (1 1/2" when finished) between your blocks, 2 1/2" strips (2" when finished) to the border, and additional fabric for the binding.
Step 4 - Cutting Shirts - Separate leading of the shirt from the back. Make sure the kit is smooth, iron as appropriate. You want your shirt side being larger than 15 inches square - ideally bigger 17 inches to adjust to the interfacing. After you apply the interfacing you will cut the shirt square for the desired size. (Mentioned in Step # 2)
Step 5 - Fusing - Cut interfacing to some 17" square. Don't piece the interfacing, it will show through. Position the interfacing with all the resin side documented on the wrong side in the t-shirt, trying to center the style as much as possible. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for fusing for the back of each T-shirt. Utilize a press cloth which means you don't get any glue on the iron. Beware of wrinkles - once cool they just don't come out!
Step 6 - Cutting the Squares - Square up each fused shirt to 15". Make sure you center the design and lettering - measure twice - cut once! Take note when cutting the style that a 1/4 seam allowance is needed as you plan your design space.
Step 7 - Arranging - Formulate squares on the floor or about the bed and arrange. Alternate light/dark, busy/not so busy. Ensure that the blocks can be read from your desired direction and they are all going in the same direction. Absorb repeat pattern and words to ensure that these and and not just colors do not finish up in the same row or column.
Step 8 - Completing the Quilt Top - add sashing - Sashing strips would be the horizontal and vertical strips between blocks. The horizontal strips should measure 15" in length x 2" wide. Cut enough sashing strips to include in all the t-shirts except the lower row. Sew horizontal strips on the bottom of each block, except the blocks at the base row. Sew blocks together in order to create columns. To keep the quilt straight, use posts in the corners of the block and between your sashing strips. Using a contrasting color makes for a "pop" in this post design.
Step 9 - Sew the sashing strips onto each block, first. Make sure that the first and last block of each row has a sashing strip on each end. Now sew the strips for between your rows of the blocks together adding the posts relating to the strips. Include one strip per block. There should be a strip in between each row of blocks and also above and below the blocks to form part of the border. The side border is going to be made automatically when you complete the rows.