I have (well, used to have) lots of t-shirts that I don’t wear anymore, but didn’t want to get rid of because of their memories. Shirts from college, high school, family vacations, shirts I loved when I was a kid, you know what I mean. Everyone has shirts like that they don’t want to get rid of. Well, it came to the point where I was running out of space to store them all. So…..I cut them up and made patchwork quilts out of all the logos from the front.
As far as putting the quilt itself together, there really aren’t any rules and no right or wrong way to do it. But I do have a few helpful tips.
- Measure, measure, measure. Draw a diagram of the layout and make a plan. Don’t forget about leaving allowances for seams. Using 1/2-inch seams makes the math easy, so you only need to add one inch to the size you want your blocks. For example, if you want to use 15×15 blocks, cut them 16×16.
- Precise cutting of t-shirt fabric is just about impossible. Not to mention machine sewing it without having it get all bunchy. I find it much easier to iron fusible innerfacing onto the back and then cut it. This will keep the fabric from stretching, curling up, and moving around while you’re trying to cut and sew it.
- Don’t scrimp on the batting: if you don’t use batting, your blanket will seem empty, even if you back it with the quilted stuff with the batting built in.
- You can back it with just about anything. I’ve used old sheets, other throw blankets I had lying around, fleece, and other shirts to make a reversible t-shirt quilt (not recommended, as the logos on the inside feel cold when you try to cuddle up with it, and it makes for twice as much work to only be able to enjoy one side at a time. Didn’t really think that one through all the way….). I suppose you could just back it with the backs of the shirts, but that would be a whole lot of extra work and take lots more innerfacing. Anyway, just about anything goes for the backing.
Here are pictures of some of the ones I’ve done:
The only downside is that after about 1-2 quilts or so, you’ll start running out of things to do with all the backs and sleeves of the shirts. At first, it’s great to have lots of extra rags, but now that I’ve got enough rags, the scraps are really starting to pile up.
Enter: great idea from Mom.
She took all the backs of all the shirts leftover from a quilt I made my sister, cut them into strips, and used them to crochet a rug.
I can’t offer any advice on how she did it, as the only thing I know about crocheting is that I suck at it. But for something this cool, I will definitely have to try my hand (again) at crocheting. I’m pretty sure I have enough scraps to carpet my whole apartment if I wanted to, and the rugs we have in the kitchen are really old, stained, and just really in need of replacing.
Pretty cool, huh? Now you all know where I get it from!