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PostSubject: How to Make T-Shirt Quilts   Fri May 23, 2014 4:56 am

If you tend to save your shirts, maybe it's time to create t-shirt quilts with your memories. With today's relaxed lifestyle, who doesn't have a drawer full of t-shirts? Some even collect or save t-shirts with special themes or representing certain occasions. Festivals are big here in Louisiana, and every festival has its own t-shirt, so we are bound to have a few shirts from the sugar cane festival or the jazz festival, to name a few. Or maybe your child or grandchild played sports and there's a drawer full of sports jerseys somewhere. Eventually we grow out of these t-shirts but hate to part with them for sentimental reasons. Why not save the memory and create soft and cuddly t-shirt quilts?
T-shirts (the number depends on the size of the quilt)
Fusible interfacing
Cotton fabric for the sash strips (optional) and backing
Batting (optional)
Cotton sewing thread
Sewing machine
Wash and dry the t-shirts to be used in the quilt. Do not use fabric softener as the interfacing will not adhere. Remove the sleeves and undo the side seams (if any).
Make a template the size you want to cut your t-shirt panels. Use clear plastic or a thin cardboard. Place the template over the t-shirt logo/ design you want to use. Cut out your t-shirt quilt block adding inch all around for the seam allowance.
Cut a piece of fusible interfacing the same size. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the t-shirt panel following the manufacturer's instructions. Repeat for all t-shirts to be used.
Decide on design placement of your t-shirt panels. Add 2" sashings of 100% cotton fabric between the blocks. Add a border and anchor the corners with 2" square blocks, or sew the t-shirt blocks directly together without any sashings. Cut batting and backing to fit your finished quilt top. The quilt can be assembled without batting if you like. Tie or machine-quilt the quilt sandwich together. There you have it.
T-shirt quilt themes
Sports activities
Favorite sports team(s)
School t-shirts
Favorite cartoon characters
Vacation trips
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