I graduated college two years ago. Gosh I can’t believe I’m even saying that! Yikes-a-bee. In those four years, I acquired more t-shirts than I could ever need. I’m not a big t-shirt “wearer” so I don’t really ever use them anymore.
I have seen t-shirt quilts done many times and I think they are an adorably fun way to preserve and enjoy those memories. There are many companies/individuals to go through but I’ve decided to take this on my self. I am lucky enough to be taught by a few local women so I’m documenting the process here. Yes…it’s a friday night and you can find me happily drinking a glass of wine and quilting. More proof that I am secretly 90-years-old. I’m cool with it.
Whichever route YOU take, this first step is simple and easy to do yourself. In fact, some companies actually ask that you cut your t-shirts before you send them in.
This makes 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch t-shirt squares. When sewn together for the finished product each will have a 1/4 inch seam allowance around all four sides.
You will need:
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
12 1/2 Inch Square Quilting Ruler
Sharp Sewing Scissors
Step Two: This is simply precautionary. Lay the quilting ruler on top of the t-shirt’s design just to get an idea of how the ruler will need to lay in order to get the full design on the quilt square.
Step Three: Separate the front and back of the t-shirt. I cut along the seams of the t-shirt just to be safe and allow enough room for the ruler. If you are also using the back of the t-shirt, put it to the side and repeat this entire process again.
Step Six: This step should be done carefully and without rushing. You shouldn’t be intimidated but you also really don’t want to make any mistakes here. It would be a pain in the butt later when you are trying to piece the quilt together.
Hold the ruler in place with one hand and with the other, guide the rotary cutter carefully along the ruler. Always roll away from yourself. Do all four sides and then you’re finished!
I’m excited to finally get this project going! Check back in to see my progress!