How to make a t shirt quilt diy

How To Make T shirt Quilt DIY

Making a t shirt quilt DIY is not difficult.

As you may know, T-shirts are really useful even whether they’re new or old. With old ratty t-shirts, we can turn them into something cool and trendy. If you’re interested in the ways to breathe new life into them, you can refer to how to cut a tshirt into a tank top, how to cut a tshirt cute, how to make iron on tshirt transfer, or how to cut a tshirt neck. And today, we want to share with you a handy and creative idea on how to make t shirt quilt DIY. Have you ever heard about it? 

If you have a collection of t-shirts holding great memories but you don’t really want to wear them anymore, consider turning them into a T-shirt quilt.  It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to make a t-shirt quilt. The most time-consuming part will possibly be arranging the T-shirt panels as you like. Though there are various online services that can make a t-shirt quilt for you, it can be more meaningful to make one by yourself. These t-shirt quilts are also great personalized gift ideas for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day. In this post, we are going to guide you on how to make them on your own. Ready to make a fantastic t-shirt blanket DIY? 

What You’ll Need

If you have a pile of old t-shirts, a t shirt quilt DIY may be the perfect solution.

This project costs less money as you are essentially using materials you already have on hand. The t-shirt quilt can be made any size from a small lap to a king-size blanket depending on your collection of t-shirts.

Equipment / ToolsMaterials
Measuring tapeT-shirts
Iron and ironing boardCoordinating fabric (optional)
ScissorsFusible interfacing
Rotary cutting toolsMatching thread
Sewing machineBacking fabric
Ruler Matching quilt binding

It’s a great idea to consider dividing your shirts into themes. If you’re not sure about the quantity for a t shirt quilt DIY, here is a simple guide. 

Quilt SizeShirts Needed

How To Make T shirt Quilt DIY 

A t shirt quilt DIY will have sentimental and practical value.

Step 1. Cut your T-shirts

Before we start doing any DIY project, the most essential step is to wash and dry your t-shirts to remove wrinkles. 

Then, use a pair of sharp scissors or a rotary cutter to remove the bulk of the T-shirt.  Cut off the sleeves, around the armhole, and across the neckline. This will separate the usable  “design” part from the rest of the material. You should end up with a somewhat rectangular panel.

Step 2. Trim the t-shirt panels

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Trim your t-shirt panels based on your design. Remember to leave enough fabric around the edges for a 1/2-inch seam allowance plus about an inch more to be cut after applying the fusible look. In that way, the cuts will be along tightly fused edges. 

If you like odd shapes or angles, that would be fine, but it can be more challenging to piece around. If this is your first time you make a t shirt quilt DIY, make it easy for yourself by cutting the tee into a spare or rectangle. This will be easier to piece around to build your block.

Step 3. Attach the fusible interfacing

It’s time to attach fusible interfacing to support the sewing and stabilization properties of each t-shirt quilt block. Position design blocks on your interface yardage to have the least quantity of waste, you can cut right up to the edge of each design block.

Use a hot iron with steam to stick the surface. Not all screenprints are produced equal, so in order to prevent melting the ink, use a damp cloth over the print as needed. Press well at this stage but there will be countless other chances to guarantee complete adhesion.

When the design blocks are fully mounted, remove them from the ironing surface and use scissors or a rotary cutter and a clear ruler and line it up and cut along the ruler carefully. Press the individual blocks again with steam, take special notice to stick all edges. Complete a vertical strip at once and lay them back in the order of your finished quilt. 

Step 4. Choose the layout of your t-shirt quilt DIY

When you have all of your block cut, decide how you want your t-shirt quilt layout will look. The easiest way is to lay all the squares on the floor and arrange them until you feel satisfied. Now, you’ll have a great idea of what your completed quilt will look like. Remember to take a photo when you’re satisfied with the layout.

Step 5: Sewing the block strips together

The t-shirt quilt blocks are assembled into individual strips and then these strips are stitched together to build the body of the quilt. Building t-shirt blanket DIY based on vertical strips is the simplest because there is more space to modify the material length available from your shirt block.

Put the first two design blocks together and sew them with a straight stitch. Don’t forget to keep the 1/2 inch seam allowance. Next, arrange the next block to the strip, pin, and sew. Continue to mount the design blocks until the vertical strip is finished.

When vertical strips are finished, layout together and check for any errors before continuing. 

Align each strip side by side by length, and attach the strips together in the same fashion as the blocks. Be sure to align the top and bottom designs so they fit on the edges. Try to keep seams open. Continue to attach and sew the strips to complete the quilt top. Press ALL seams open when strips are attached.

Step 6: Attaching the batting and backing

Cut the batting and backing fabric to the size of your t-shirt quilt top. Layer the batting between the top and backing,  and pin the three layers together. Sew the layers together, using the stitch as you choose. Lastly, stitch quilt binding(strip to cover the coarse edges) around the perimeter of the blanket with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once you attach all three layers together, your first awesome t shirt quilt DIY is finished. 

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We hope that this step-by-step instruction helps you to make your own t shirt quilt DIY. We hope that your t-shirt quilt is worth the time you spend. If this is the first time you’ve made a t shirt quilt DIY, you can make a small practice quilt with fabric scraps from your T-shirts before creating a real quilt.

The t shirt quilt DIY is a great option to impress your loved ones on special occasions. The recipient will surely be happy to shed tears and cherish them forever. Happy quilting! Have another t-shirt quilt ideas on how to make t shirt quilt DIY and want to share with us? Feel free to let us know in the comment. 

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