The process of a t-shirt quilt

The process of a t-shirt quilt

I’m in the process of making a t-shirt quilt for someone, and I’ve had a lot of questions about how I make my t-shirt quilts. So, I thought I would share a little about that with you guys!

The first thing I do with the t-shirts is cut them up, separating the fronts and backs. I use one of my huge rulers to cut a nice, even square or rectangle around the artwork on the t-shirts to get the piece I need to use, often using both the front and the back of the t-shirts. Next, I apply a light fusible interfacing to each t-shirt square, to stabilize it and make it easier to sew. When all of that is done, it’s time for my favorite part, the puzzle game.

tshirt quilt 1

First I see what sizes I have, and start laying everything out. The first time I lay everything out is usually when I get a feel for how big the quilt is going to be and what size might work with the t-shirts I have.

tshirt quilt 2

I re-do the layout several times until I’m really happy with it, and I usually leave a few spaces for some filler fabric as well. This is more complicated than making all the t-shirt squares the same size, sure, but I think it lends itself to a more interesting quilt.

tshirt quilt 3

One of the other things I use all the time in this process is pictures! (Another reason these pictures aren’t so fabulous is because they’re from my phone…) I take a ton of each layout, walk away for a bit and then think about the layout.

Then finally, one sticks.

tshirt quilt done

I chose the grey chevron for the filler fabric because my customer likes it. Right now, I’m trying to decide if it needs a grey chevron border or not. Thoughts? Right now I’m off to work on another project and find backing fabric for this one!