I wanted to share with you all a t-shirt quilt that I made as my husband’s Christmas gift. I used all of his old punk rock t-shirts that he had saved over the years. It’s a simple tutorial and makes a really cozy quilt!
For his quilt I used a total of 20 t-shirts. For cutting, I simply laid a t-shirt flat on a cutting mat and positioned a 12.5″ square ruler over the main print, then used a rotary cutter to cut through both layers of the t-shirt. This gave me two 12.5″ squares from each t-shirt.
For the batting, cut 20 11.5″ squares using needle-punched batting. I highly recommend using Pellon brand (i.e. Legacy by Pellon) because it’s needle punched making it easy to trim squares from, but also it’s not too thin and has a cozy fluff to it.
Then, follow this tutorial (starting at step 1) except use your 12.5″ squares cut from your t-shirts and your 11.5″ batting squares.I recommend using a walking foot when quilting and assembling this quilt. If your t-shirts are wearing thin, I recommend using an iron-on cotton interfacing by Pellon for a quick fix.
After you’ve quilted an ‘X’ in all 20 of them, rearrange them on the floor in a 4×5 layout. Then assemble the squares as described in step 4.
After the quilt is assembled, I recommend using Fiskars ‘Razor Edge’ scissors for snipping the frays along the seams. These scissors are incredible sharp and slice through layers of the fabric like butter.
(do you see the ham in the background?) :-p
After you wash and dry the quilt, the frays will become all soft looking like this:
This is a great way to reuse old t-shirts and preserve keepsake shirts.