Over the last couple days I have been cutting, pinning, and stitching things to make my very own t-shirt quilt! My sister found this project on Pinterest (best site EVER) and we decided to give it a try! I haven't yet got batting and backing for my quilt, but I'm hoping to do that as well!
Here's how to make the t-shirt part of your quilt:
You will need:
- 25 t-shirts with designs (may use t-shirts twice if there are designs on front and back)
- pencil (for tracing)
- rolling cutter/scissors
- sewing machine
- thread (any colour, doesn't matter)
- Find 25 of your oldest, useless t-shirts.
- Cut a 13x13 inch square out of cardboard.
- Trace your cardboard square onto each t-shirt on the design that you would like.
- Use fabric scissors to cut out each square (I used a fabric roller cutter and it worked good!).
- Arrange your t-shirts on the floor the way you would like them to look on your quilt.
- Sew together the rows first. To do this you flip two squares so the right sides are together. Pin them together to make it easier! Then use a sewing machine to sew a straight stitch where the two squares will meet. Flip open and do the same with the rest of the row. Repeat this step with each row after that.
- Flatten the seams using an iron. If the first row's seams are pressed left, the second row's seams should be pressed right. Etc.
- Sew the rows together. Pin together all of the corners with the corners of the next row. Add additional pins to make sewing easier. Then sew together rows 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5.
- Iron to take out the wrinkles and flatten the seams.
- If wanted: combine front of quilt with batting and backing for the finished product! (I haven't made it here yet :P)