FREE T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial

I have finally decided to take the plunge and cut into all my old “skinny clothes”. The ones I know will never fit me again, are completely out of style and couldn’t bear to get rid of. Why not make a quilt out of them? Its the perfect way to preserve some old memories.

Please know that this is my first time making a quilt. Please kindly leave feedback in the comments if you have a suggestion or know something that works better for you.

Things you will need:

  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Iron
  • Light weight interfacing
  • Bias tape
  • Lots of T-shirts!!

To start, decide how many shirts you will need. I chose 30. 6 long and 5 wide. Some are a solid colour. Based on the size of my rectangles mine is about the size used for a double bed.

Find the size of square or rectangle you would like to use for your quilt. I chose 12″ × 15″ because that’s the widest I could go between the sleeves. (If it was possible I would have done 15″ × 15″.) This is including my seam allowance of 1/4″. Cut your pattern piece out of paper.

Trace an equal amount of squares onto the front of all t-shirts and interfacing. Cut them out.

Follow the instructions on your interfacing and apply it to the backs of your newly cut t-shirt squares.

 

Lay out all your squares in the order you wanted them to appear on your blanket.

Take one row at a time and sew the squares with right sides facing each other. You can choose top to bottom or left to right.

Trim any access interfacing and threads. Press all seams. I would not recommend skipping this step or your lines will look very messy like mine.

You will now have rows 🙂

Pin and sew your rows together with right sides facing together. Be sure to keep your seams flat as you sew over them.

Press your seams and trim your threads again.

I will be finishing my quilt with a Minky backing. The instructions are very similar for using a batting inside your quilt, except you will have a layer of batting between your top and bottom layer.

Lay the top of your quilt onto your backing. Pin it together, A LOT.

You will now want to sew / quilt your layers together. I chose to simply sew a square inside all of my blank squares. This was an easy option for me since its my first quilt. (Note: If you are using batting, I would recommend quilting it a lot more than I did. You do not want your batting to get bunched up in the wash.)

Finally, time to add your bias tape. I found it easy to serge my edges first. If  you do not have a serger you could always do a straight stitch to make it easy. (Note: I would recommend a wider bias tape than I used, as it was hard to keep wrapped around the edges because of the thick Minky fabric.)

Once you have completed your bias tape you will be done!

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