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...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.