So, a friend of my parents (quite literally) threw a bag of his old T-shirts at me and said, "Do something with these, would you!?"
So, I did.
I made a throw, or maybe a curtain. You decide. LOL!
I didn't take many pictures in the beginning, so I hope the written steps are enough.
I listed it as so-so difficulty because the cutting can be tricky. Nothing too difficult, but you need to pay attention.
It's going to take at least 2 hours, or more if you're easily distracted, like I am. Measuring and cutting takes a lot of time - less if you use a clear acrylic ruler, rotary cutter and ruled cutting mat rather than scissors and measuring tape. Tying goes pretty quickly, but you need to pay attention or you'll mis-tie.
Most of my T-shirt work (far more than what I have on this site as of now) has been inspired by Megan Nicolay's "Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt".
Seriously, it's the best book I ever purchased.
This specific project isn't in there, but so many awesome ones are! The book also has great ideas for all the scraps that are going to be left over after you're through with this "quilt".
Also, her website, though it doesn't seem to be updated very often, is www.generation-t.com
NOTE: ALL PHOTOS ARE IN MIRROR - I'M USING MY COMPUTER'S WEBCAM AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO FLIP THE PICTURES AROUND.
Find 8 large or extra large T-shirts.
Cut out two 16 inch squares from each shirt - one from the front, one from the back.
If there's a graphic on the shirt, try to center it as best you can.
I use a clear acrylic ruler for measurements on this step - it's much easier to see, plus it holds the fabric flat.
To make a 16" square:
If your graphic can be centered within a 16" square and NOT hit the neckline, measure 8 inches up, down, left and right of the graphic's center point and mark those points with chalk.
Use a ruler to draw the lines to make up the square. "Cut out and keep" the square.
If your graphic isn't centered or you don't want it to be, ignore all of that and just measure and cut out two 16" squares from wherever on the shirt you want.
Again, this is not about perfection.
Once you have 2 squares cut from each of the 8 shirts, you will have 16 squares to arrange in a 4x4 'quilt'.
Decide on a way to arrange them and number them with chalk (or marker on the back) so you don't forget!
Okay, time to start tying.
Go one row at a time. I found it was easier to tie together end to end the four squares in a row and then tie the rows together, rather than tie squares together haphazardly.
DO NOT TIE THE TRIANGULAR CORNER FRINGES!!
In the picture, you can see the corner fringes at the top and the first knot.
Tie the fringes using a square knot. (L over R, R over L)
You must double-knot them, or they'll come undone.
If the fringes are too short, keep a scissor on hand and open them up, a quarter inch at a time.