How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt?
Things you require are:
- Interfacing (fusible, woven type)
- Cotton batting
- Regular quilting cotton fabric
- Cardboard sheets
- Rotary cutter
Step #1: Layout Design
According to the number of t-shirts you have to design the layout. For example, if you have 12 tees, then they can be made into a 3 across and 4 down quilt pattern, and the quilt will be around 48 by 64 inches. So decide the across and down blocks number according to the availability of the number of t-shirts.
Step #2: Cleaning and Cutting the T-shirts
Wash all the t-shirts. If you have t-shirts which were never worn, then wash them twice. Now, take a cardboard sheet and cut out a square of size 15 inches, so that you have a frame. Make sure you make a perfect frame.
Now, place the frame on a t-shirt and using a pencil mark the 15 by 15 inches boundary on the t-shirt, and cut the square pieces of the t-shirt using a rotary cutter. Separate the front of the tee from the back. Try to avoid using any stained t-shirt, and take care to crop the front design of the shirt well.
Step #3: Cutting the Interfacing
You can get the pre-shrink fusible material if required. In a similar manner mentioned above, make a frame out of cardboard sheet, but the frame this time should be 2 inches larger so it will be 17 by 17 inches. Place the frame on fusing, mark the 17 by 17 inches size and cut out the square pieces of the fusing using a rotary cutter.
Step #4: Fusing
Read the manufacturer's instructions while fusing the t-shirt. Now, position the interfacing with the resin side down on the unprinted size of the t-shirt and try to center the design as much as you can. To avoid getting any glue on your iron, remember to use a press cloth. Take out all the wrinkles when ironing.
Once you know how to use interfacing and t-shirts to create a quilt, you can experiment with different t-shirt quilt ideas and patterns. You can try arranging the t-shirts in a diagonal pattern or in a random pattern to create more interesting quilts.