T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial for beginners

 

I have a cousin and a niece who live far away. Which means I can’t work with them on the t-shirt quilts they want to make. So I’ve created a PDF tutorial for them, which I thought others may enjoy too. They’re a great way to preserve your favorite shirts, and make GREAT graduation or birthday quilts for teens – who tend to collect tons of t-shirts!

Since they are both noobie’s to quilting, this tutorial is geared towards beginners – but the instructions can be used by anyone who wants to make one of these fun quilts! I’ve included lots of helpful tips and hints to make things as easy as possible.

Pre-sashing makes construction a breeze!

The instructions are in two parts (combined into one PDF file). Part one is for creating the blocks. Part two is sewing them together and adding the borders. It does not include creating the “quilt sandwich”. There are plenty of tutorials out there for this, so I’ve left that to others. Plus, I’m just plain tired of looking at this tutorial – it was quite intensive to create! I forget how involved these tutorials are until I start one. My praise go out to those of you who create these things on a regular basis. You’ve got much more patience than I do!

As always, the usual disclaimers:

There are many tutorials out there on t-shirt quilts. This is how I make mine. It works for me. Please read through these instructions before beginning. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this tutorial. We accept no responsibility for errors or omissions, but welcome your suggestions for corrections or improvements that can be made for future editions.

This tutorial is the property of seamstobeyouandme.com, all rights reserved. Do not copy or redistribute without prior written consent. Please be kind and link to this blog so others may download their own pattern.

Click the picture below to access the PDF instructions….

If you create a quilt from these instructions, please send us a picture! We’d love to show off your creation on our site!

I want to thank Peggi for enduring my endless e-mails, questions and frustrations while I was writing this. Trying to make this easy to understand for noobies – while not “talking down” so much you can’t understand it – isn’t an easy thing to do. Without her help (and hysterical e-mail answers!) this may have never been published. You’re a doll! Here’s a picture of us doing what we do best….when we are able to get together. This pic was taken at the Houston International Quilt Festival this year. What fun we had!

Peggi & Cindi relaxing after the show :)

I’ve got the quilt on the frame now, and once it’s completely quilted and the binding is on I’ll post a picture of it. It’s from the t-shirts I collected when we vacationed in Australia last November/December. What a blast we had, and now I’ve got a quilt to snuggle under to remind me of all the places we visited. 

10 thoughts on “T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial for beginners

  1. Thank you for the tutorial! Is the interfacing used to prevent the shirts from stretching when sewing them to a non knit material?

  2. Hi, Angela! Yes, the interfacing is to prevent stretching – not only for sewing them to the sashings, but also when quilting the finished top. The shirts often tend to stretch under the presser foot, which will result in wonky quilting, tucks, etc. Fusible interfacing will stabilize the shirts, preventing movement. Thanks for asking!

  3. I am in the midst of constructing a t-shirt quilt and don’t know if there is a batting layer. Can you advise me whether this step is needed. I am using a cotton blend for the backing.

  4. This tutorial is great! I am a complete “noob” and I understand it. Thanks for taking the time to make such a quality tutorial. I was wondering if it is okay to use the front and back of a t-shirt to make 2 separate blocks? Some of the my husband’s beloved t-shirts have logos on the front and back so I wanted to see if it would work. I can’t think of why it wouldn’t work, but then again, I don’t have any experience to draw on! Thanks!

  5. Batting is normally done on quilts, and I do use batting in mine, as I state in the last page of the tutorial. It is completely up to you as to whether or not you use batting, Maryjo. Good luck!

  6. Jessica, you absolutely can use the front and back logos! In fact, I’ve even taken logos on t-shirt sleeves and combined them into one block! If you used our tutorial to make your quilt, please send us a pic. We’d love to post it on our blog!

  7. Thank you for this tutorial! I can’t wait to start making my quilt! I was wondering your thoughts on doing t-shirts on both the front and back of the quilt? If it would be too much or would work out? I just have a lot of shirts and would love to put them all together. Thanks!

  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am finishing up the second quilt made from my dad’s old t-shirts. He passed away in 2011, so this has been a great way to use those t-shirts. The first quilt is on my 6-year-old’s bed and she loves her “Grandpa quilt.” My 4-year-old cannot wait until I’m done so she can have hers. And then I’ll have to scrounge up some more shirts to eventually make one for my youngest child.

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