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How to Make Your Own T-Shirt Quilt
This was the project that got me into sewing, before making this I hadn't approached a sewing machine since my early textiles classes at school and had only hand sewn buttons since. But upon seeing it on Pinterest I decided I wanted to give it a shot myself. There are probably plenty of tutorials on here about how to make them, but this is how I made mine and I love it just the way it is.
I've put on that it takes about 24 hours of work, but in total it took me about 3 months to make so...

Posted by Katharine Sophia from Leeds, England, United Kingdom • Published See Katharine Sophia's 6 projects »
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  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Collect your tshirts and don't weep too much about the fact that you're going to cut them up.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Wash. Both yourself and the t-shirts. Because you're human and have stored the t-shirts in suitcases for years. And they were smelly. Not bad smelly, just musty smelly.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Iron. This was painful. I don't iron. I straighten my clothes after I've done my hair if necessary. I also discovered most of the t-shirts weren't yet dry and so things got a little steamy (teehee). I gave up on the ironing half way through.

  • Step 4

    Make templates for the patches, learn from my mistakes and try to make them all the same size. But tshirt jigsaw is quite fun, but also frustrating.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut the front of the tshirts out using your new templates, ensuring you keep the motif central and a good few inches spare around.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Ok, so what I made isn't a quilt but more a patchwork blanket. I used fleece blankets from Primark at £2.50 a pop and cut squares to fit each t-shirt patch. I began by colour coordinating it all, then realised that was pointless as you're never going to look at the front and the back at the same time. I simply pinned the t-shirt to the fleece and snip snipped, I also kept the pins in after to keep it in place ready for sewing. You're going to need lots of pins for this.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 7
    Step 7

    So now I simply sewed the t-shirt onto the fleece (t-shirt motif facing down) and left a wee gap to turn it round the right way again after. Like I said, I don't know if my way is the 'right' way, but I like the finished effect.
    This was probably the most time consuming stage, I started counting up the hours but got to 30 and decided to stop. I had a routine of cutting a few squares out then sewing and repeat. This was how I maintained my sanity.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Lay patches out on double sheet and play t-shirt jigsaw
    Well this was pretty sodding difficult. When I started the project I decided not to make it perfectly laid out in a brick pattern, but rather higgeldy piggeldy, because that's what memories are. Putting this into practice was a headache and a half. The first row comprised of perfect squares, and then it just got confusing. I would sew a few together, then lie it out and pin more on... my patience levels really suck and so this was a true test of how much I wanted to make it.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 9
    Step 9

    I used blanket stitch to hand sew each patch together. At one point the blunt edge of one of the needles went through my thumb. Fun times.
    This stage took six seasons of Gilmore Girls. Because Gilmore Girls is now a unit of time.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 10
    Step 10

    I used bias tape to finish off the blanket. This was the first time I've ever used it and as I am not the neatest hand sewer I found it to be a life saver. The nice lady at the haberdashery taught me and steered me away from the pretty ribbons as it was quite clear that I was clueless, and then my genius Mumma re-taught me.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt quilt. The T Shirt Quilt - Step 11
    Step 11

    REJOICE! IT'S FINISHED! Take a photo for Instagram and gloat.

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emmilou w.
emmilou w. · Wallasey, England, GB · 12 projects
Brilliant!! I love your blanket...& you have inspired me to make one out of all the t-shirts I have collected...I've turned some of them into cushion covers but I think our home would be over-run with cushions if I carried on...hahaha!!Wink Love
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Kitsunea m.
Kitsunea m.
Love Love i just loved your instructions, I'll definitly be adding my versión of this one <3.
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Deb P.
Deb P.
I am proud of you. Great job sticking to it and getting it done. You have inspired me to make one too. Thank you
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