Once we collected our shirts we had to cut them to size. I decided on 12" x 12" and I borrowed the square form that Alex and her mom used. They had a great idea - they used the top of a take out pizza box. It made a nice sturdy form. I just laid the form on top of the tee shirts and cut my squares out. I ended up using 30 squares for mine and Chablis cut 35 squares for hers.
Next I bought fusible interfacing for mine.
This is the kind I bought....
And I had a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann Fabrics - Score!!
Honestly, this was the part I hated about the whole thing. Ironing the fusible interfacing on the back of each square was a pain in the butt. You're supposed to use a damp towel and press it over the interfacing in order to fuse it to the material. I quickly got aggravated with that whole process, so I put my iron on the steam setting and fused it without the damp towel. It seemed to work ok.
Then I used my handy dandy table top sewing machine and stitched all the squares together with a 1/2" seam...
Afterwards I ironed open all the seams and here is how the back looks with the fusible interfacing on it....
Then I sewed a huge piece of nice soft fleece fabric on the back and here's my finished tee shirt quilt....
Chablis made hers a little differently. She didn't want to spend the extra money on the fusible interfacing and once she saw how much work it was to iron it on, she was really glad she didn't buy it. Since I did the sewing of all the squares, I will tell you that sewing the squares with the interfacing was much easier because the material was stiffer. But as far as the finished product goes, there isn't much difference. My quilt feels a little heavier because of the interfacing, but hers is much softer. So it's a personal preference for you if you decide to use the interfacing or not. Here's her finished quilt and she used a piece of fleece for the backing as well....
These tee shirt quilts are a great project. They were extremely easy to make and if you're looking for a great gift for someone, then raid their dresser for some cool graphic tee shirts and whip one up.
Kim, that is very cool!! I have never heard of a tshirt quilt!! I will have to try this with some of our old tshirts!! You and Chablis have become quite the crafters!! Great Job!!Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks Cheri. You will love the results. You need to do one with Sanibel tee shirts. I had 2 Sanibel shirts on mine.Delete
I really do like this idea, very cute. I would think you could sell these.ReplyDelete
Very cool! Wish I had some of my old Ts too!ReplyDelete
Jethro Tull, Elton John, 10 years After, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd. I had some good ones. :-(Delete
I can't believe the number of projects you are involved in. Do you ever just goof off?ReplyDelete
LOL - John, that IS how I goof off. Refinishing furniture, crafting, crocheting and geocaching are my ways of relaxing.Delete
I've heard of runners taking their old race t-shirts and making quilts with them. Good idea - all of us have tons of old t's we never wear that are just taking up drawer space.ReplyDelete
Linda, I bet you have a lot of great running tee shirts you could use. Then you'd free up dresser space for all the new races you're gonna run.Delete
Wow Kim - these quilts are amazing. So colourful and it's nice to have the memories together like this. What a great idea! JReplyDelete
Tee's are so soft and smooth...what a great idea for a quilt! I love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!ReplyDelete
Such a great idea! =)ReplyDelete
Hi Melissa! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a happy Thanksgiving.Delete
They turned out great! What a great way to save the memories and clean out the closet :-) i am saving all my old tees fro a rug !ReplyDelete
Thanks Erika. I want to see your rug when you make it.Delete