How Do You Make a T-Shirt Quilt?

How Do You Make a T-Shirt Quilt?

Making a t-shirt quilt involves cutting the shirts into squares, sewing the pieces together, backing the quilt and tying the front and back together. Choose at least eight shirts, and avoid shrinkage by making sure they are already washed and dried.

  1. Cut the shirts

    Choose a finished size that retains the majority of your t-shirt logos. Appropriate finished sizes range from 12 to 16 inches square. Add 1/2 inch to your chosen dimension for seam allowances. Make a cardboard template this size and place it on the front of each shirt, centering the logo within the square. Trace around the template with a pencil or chalk, and cut along the lines.

  2. Add interfacing

    Cut squares of iron-on interfacing 1/2-inch larger than the t-shirt squares. Iron the interfacing to the back of the shirt squares, following the manufacturer instructions. This step prevents the shirt squares from stretching. Trim excess interfacing from the edges.

  3. Sew the squares together

    Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance to sew the squares together. First, sew all the squares together in each row, then join the rows together.

  4. Add a border

    Add 2 inches to the length of each side, and cut a 1-inch-wide strip of cotton fabric for each of these lengths. Attach a border to each side of the quilt.

  5. Add a backing

    Back the quilt with a piece of fabric that is the same size as the quilt top. Sew all around the edges, and leave an opening to turn the quilt right-side out. Turn and sew the opening closed.

  6. Tie the quilt

    Use 3-inch pieces of yarn or pearl cotton to tie the quilt and the backing together, placing a knot at each corner where the squares join. Trim the knot ties to 1 inch.