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Hi, I watched your tutorials and found them very helpful. I was hoping to make a similar quilt using T-shirts my daughter received from tennis tournaments. I would like to know how you handle different materials. Not all are T-shirts. Some are sweatshirts, some tennis shirt material. Do I follow the same directions with the t-shirts, and use the interfacing? Thank you for your informative videos.
You can put interfacing on the back of sweatshirts too.
I’m making quilts from team and competitions tshirts, all of which, so far, have been 100% cotton. However, some of the basketball shirts are made of breathable polyester.
Can I use these on the same side of the quilt along with the cotton squares? Or should I make one side with cotton squares and the other side with polyester? Or should I not use them in any combination with the cotton? Should they be lined with interfacing?
Thanks a bunch.
You can use all the shirts together, and you will need to apply fusible interfacing to all of the shirts to stabilize them.
Im excited about making my first t-shirt quilt! My first ever sewing project!! What are the dimensions of the cornerstones that I should be cutting?
Cut the sashing 3 inches wide by the width of fabric. Then cut 3 inch wide horizontal strips once the cornerstone and sashing are sewed together.
How wide do you cut the binding strips?
2 1/2 inches if this is your first quilt. That will give you a little extra room to work with. Once you get the hang of it, you can work down to 2 1/4.
Thank you for the very informative videos. I’m looking forward to seeing the final video on adding the binding and finishing the quilt when you are able to post that. I’d like to know how I would adjust the measurements and assembly of squares if I chose not to use cornerstones, but just use the one fabric for the sashing? I saw your chart for how many pieces of sashing for the number of t-shirts with and without cornerstones, but I’m not sure about assembly for the quilt blocks. Thanks for the help!
Cut your side sashing pieces to 12 1/2″ by 3″ and your top sashing pieces to 15″ by 3″. Sew the side sashing on first, and then your block with the sashing will measure 12 1/2 by 15″ and you’ll be able to sew the top sashing in place. The rest of the quilt will go together as shown.
Thank you for your comment. I started filming the last video. It should be up later this week.
When will you be posting the last t-shirt quilt video? I’m waiting to see how you finish off the edge as this is my first quilt and I’ve learned everything from your videos! Thanks and happy quilting, Rebecca
I’m planning on filming it this weekend. This video will take the longest to make because it takes several hours to bind the quilt, so there will be a lot of work off camera between shots. But my husband and I finally have a day off together so we can make the final video on Saturday. I’m glad you’re learning a lot from the videos. Happy quilting to you too!
Awesome, thank you and have a great day!
Sitting in the hospital with my daughter and husband watching over my grandson who just had a tonsillectomy. I have been viewing your T-shirt tutorial. I have always wanted to do one with my children and grandchildren’s school T-shirts! Now that I have bookmarked your website, I think I can! Thank you!
I had mine out when I was 20. It was no fun. I hope your grandson feels better soon. Good luck on the quilt.
the tutorial is awesome!! my daughter and I are making one for xmas for her boyfriend we have all the pieces cut out and we are ready to construct …. do you know when you are teaching how to put the back on it and finish it off? thanks!!! and if you don’t have time to make the video before xmas (2 days!) could you walk me through it with written directions?? – veronica
I’ll write a post now. Check back this afternoon to for instructions on how to finish it.
Here’s the link to the written directions: http://quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2011/12/how-to-finish-your-t-shirt-quilt-by-christmas/
this was amazing. i am doing a high school shirt for my brother. i am adding a border around the squares also just not doin the tiny squares in between. when will the other video’s be posted? i am super excited to finish this. and is it just beginner’s luck that some of my squares dont align perfectly? i used a quilters ruler and everything.
There’s lots of reasons why your squares might be off. The interfacing could have bunched up a little when you applied it the shirt, your ruler could have shifted when you cut, your 1/4 seam could be off slightly, you could have been off on the math when you eliminated the cornerstones or it could be any combination of the above. It sounds like this is one of your first projects though, so it’s OK to make mistakes, that’s how you learn. Just keep working on the basics and in time most everything will line up as it should.
I’m going to do the videos for the next steps over the next three weeks. So add the RSS feed to your reader or just keep checking back for the rest of the instructions. And I’d love to see photos of your work in progress on the Quilt Addicts Anonymous T-shirt Quilt Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/tshirtquilts/
definitely my first quilting project. i am pretty proud of it tho. i will def be doin more.
It is pretty easy to get hooked on quilting.
so i see that you did the diagonal quilt lines. since my quilt is slightly off how do you suggest i do the quilt stitching?
You could do horizontal and vertical lines every three inches. But I wouldn’t worry too much about it being off. Quilters are always pointing out their mistakes, but the truth is that most people won’t even notice them unless we tell them they’re there. And unless you’re having your quilt judged in a show or asking for constructive criticism, most quilters won’t point them out either. Nobody is perfect and you learn by making mistakes. Some of my best lessons were learned that way in quilting and in life. So you could do the diagonal lines and just go as close to the corners as you can without making your lines too wobbly.
What was the backing that you used?
I bought fabric that is specifically made for quilt backs. It is 108 inches wide but you’ll also find 90 inch wide backing and 118 inch wide backing. I bought mind at JoAnn Fabrics so I could use a 50 percent off coupon since backing fabric can be expensive since you’re getting so much yardage, but you’ll also find backing fabric at your local quilt shop and at Hancock Fabrics.
I use the 108 inch part to fit the length of my quilt and have the store cut it to 10 inches wider than the width of my quilt. My quilt was 63 inches wide, so my backing needed to be 73 inches wide. To be on the safe side, I rounded up to the nearest yard, which is 2 yards. Hope this helps.
I have been watching your videos on how to make a tshirt quilt and i watched all of them except your last 2 videos they don’t seem to be on here. where do i go to find the last 2 videos on tshirt quilt?
Videos one through seven are on the Tutorials page. The eighth video which will show you how to do the quilting, will be uploaded this week. And the final video on binding will be posted next week.
ok thank you i guess i was ahead of the videos..LOL
have you not uploaded your 8th video yet?
I posted it earlier this week in a blog post but forgot to update the Tutorials page. The video is up now.
Hi, This is my first quilting project ever. I’m following along in your videos, kind of exciting. Anyway, I have a question regarding the cornerstone pieces. I’m ready to cut the sashing and conerstone but I didn’t see the measurements for cutting them. Are they 3 inches? I can’t really tell. Thank you!
Yes, 3 inches is right. They are the same width as the sashing pieces. Good luck with your first quilt. I’d love to see photos of it in progress in the T-shirt Quilt Flickr Group http://www.flickr.com/groups/tshirtquilts/
Thank you. I posted pictures last night. They are posted under Divalicious. Thanks so much!!
I saw those this morning. Looks like you’re doing good so far.
Thank you. I posted the sashing and cornerstone last night. I don’t know if anyone uses the groups discussion but I posted a question there about the leftover sashing with cornerstone attached. Thank you.
I just replied to your question on Flickr.
Do you know when the last video will be up?
My sewing machine had to go into the shop for a cleaning, so I’ll make the last video as soon as I get it back.
My daughter dropped off a box of my grandson’s t-shirts wanting me to make a quilt for him for Christmas. I had no idea how to do this so 2 months later the shirts are still in the box. You will never know how much I appreciate your excellent tutorials. Now I know exactly what backing, thread, batting and etc. to buy. You are a life saver for this ole Grandma. Hm. He has a year and half until college graduation—think I’ll get it done by then???
Quilts only take a long time to complete when you have long stretches when you don’t work on them. If you work on it a little each day then you’ll have it done in no time. Good luck!
I started making a t-shirt quilt and love the easy to follow steps. I can not locate Part-9, even though Part-8 refers to being the next to the last. I’m not sure how to put the binding on, since it is my first attempt at a quilt. Can you direct me to Part-9? Thank you.
I’m going to film the ninth video this weekend. It should be up early next week.
I’ve enjoyed your t-shirt tutorials. Your directions are easy to follow. (I wish your lighting could have been a tad brighter.) I want to make quilts for my siblings from my mother’s hundreds of t-shirts which I now have in my possession. They will be a nice remembrance of her.
Does the quilting on the t-shirts have to be straight lines? What about the squiggly lines I see on a lot of quilts? Are those harder to do?
Thanks for taking the time to provide these tutorials. They are much appreciated.
Sorry about the lighting. I don’t have a lot of overhead lights in my house. You could quilt in squiggly lines, which is known as free motion quilting. It is more difficult to do and takes some practice to get used to. It also is more difficult to do free motion quilting on a large quilt on your home machine. It can be done, but it takes much more time than the straight line method. Check out the Free Motion Quilting Project for lots of great video tutorials on free motion quilting.
This is my first real quilting experience and your videos were amazingly helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to post and make these videos. Anxiously awaiting the final video so I can finish my quilt and suprise my daughter.
I can’t locate Part 8. How can I find it?
Here’s a link to Part 8: http://quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2012/01/t-shirt-quilt-tutorial-quilting/ I still have to make Part 9, which will be the final video in this series.
well, I am glad I found this site when I did, and I did not have to wait for you to get them all done. now I only have to wait for the last video. I want to let you know, and who ever is taking the video, that you two work well together. The camera person zooms in when we really need to see something, and out when we dont. awesome job you two. thanks for posting
Thanks Tammie. My husband shoots the videos. We’re both are journalists in a newsroom that places a big emphasis on multimedia, so that helps us get these videos done. I’m hoping to shoot the final video this weekend.
Stephanie, I see you only quilted a straight line, if I wanted to do some meandering on the quilt, would this pose a problem? As it is tshirts? but then again, they are stabilized, so it probably would be ok, right? I am going to make it for a christmas present for my grown daughter, been promising her for ten years now,all of her gymnastics and cheerleading tshirts. I do not want to try something and mess up on it. have you tried other decorative stitches on the quilt before? and how did it turn out?
You could meander when you quilt the T-shirt quilt. I just chose the straight line because it is easy and a lot of the viewers tackling this project are beginners. But the stipple is one of the easiest free-motion quilting stitches, but it does take quilt a bit of time when you’re working with a large project and it can be difficult to maneuver a large quilt on your home sewing machine. It can be done, I’ve quilted a queen-sized quilt on my home sewing machine, but it took about 20 hours.
Thank you so much for these tutorials!! I’m super excited to be making my first t shirt quilt! I’m making mine with Twilight t shirts. LOL
I found your tee shirt tutorial by accident about 3 weeks ago. I’ve finished my first top and have just pinned on the binding. One of the ladies I work with saved all her son’s sports shirts. He has no idea what his mom did with his tee shirts. He will get the quilt at his graduation party in about 9 weeks. This was lots of fun to make, even my husband helped me decide how to set the tops together.
Thanks for the great tutorial. Will you be putting the pattern for the mittens on line? I’d love to make some for my 5 grandkids.
I could post it, but the sizes are for adults. the small might fit an older child. They fit me but I have really small hands. I’m glad you found the tutorials useful. You’ll have to post a photo of the finished quilt to our Flickr group.
Hi there! Thank you for posting this. I have step 1 and 2 completed, now just starting to pick out the fabric to continue. I have a question that may be silly. The bottom of the sandwich (if the shirts are the top), do I just need to get some that is the size of the quilt? I looked at your fabric requirements and see the finished size. Do I need to get enough fabric to be larger than that? Also, will you be posted video 9 soon?
I see the answer to the backing fabric above
Kristy, I’m glad you found the answer. I’m hoping to get the final video done soon, but if you can’t wait, I discuss binding in part two of the quilted placemat videos.
Thank you, Stephanie, for posting the videos on making a T-shirt quilt. I have been holding onto my daughter’s T-shirts from her high school activities with the the intent of making a quilt for her, but I had questions (in my mind) that never seemed to be addressed on other tutorials. Your videos and instructions have provided the answers I needed, and I now feel that I can successfully complete this project. Thank you so much! Will look forward to the last video on how to finish the edges.
Hi! I was just wondering when you might be putting the 9th video up for the t-shirt quilt?
Thank you, and I have learned a lot from your videos!
Hopefully soon. I’ve been planning on filming it for a while, but life just keeps getting in the way.
Hi there Stephanie. Just another aspiring quilter who found and loved your tutorials! Looking forward to the final installment of “t-shirt quilt” as I’ve started one that I need to complete for a May wedding gift. Thanks so much.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
i am making a tee shirt quilt using my mother’s tees. I lost my mom last fall, and she was an avid crafter, and passed her love of crafting to me. I can’t think of a better way to remember her. your instructions are so well done and made me nowhere near as scared to do this myself (at least up to the “quilt sandwich”; i’m going to have a sweet little old lady finish up the actual quilting for me!)
Thank you, Stephanie! I just finished my first quilt… the T-shirt quilt. Your tutorials were so easy to follow and I have found a new passion for quilting. I can’t wait to start another quilt. I made this quilt for a friend of mine who is a triathlete and runner. She is going to be so surprised at what a few tshirts can turn into. Thank you and I look forward to following more on your website.
P.S. I posted the quilt pictures on your flicker page “by Kristine”. Take a look! Thanks!
Thank you, Stephanie, for your labor of love to those of us sewers and quilters everywhere. What a wonderful tutorial you did for all of us to understand the actual steps visually and such good tips of what tools and fabrics to use. I am ready to start my t-shirt quilt for my daughter of her college years. I am now very motivated! Do I need to pre-wash all the purchased fabrics before I cut them? Thanks again!
You can pre-wash them, but it is not necessary. I like to wash them just to get the storage smell out of them.
Hey Stephanie I am following along with your tutorials on your t-shirt quilt, but I am stumped on your measurements for the sashing. I read in earlier comments that we should cut the sashings for the sides of the quilt squares to be 12 1/2″ by 3″, but what should the top sashing pieces be cut to? I know there is a 1/4″ seam that needs to be accounted for somewhere in the mix of math. I guess my question is with a 1/4″ seam considered, what should the finished top sashing, cornerstone included, measure to be?
Cut the sashing into 12 1/2 inches by the width of fabric. Then cut the cornerstone 3 inches by the width of fabric. Sew the sashing to the cornerstone along the long sides, then cut it into 3 inch wide sections. Your sashing with the cornerstone attached, should measure 15 inches by 3 inches.
I can’t tell you how much time & error your videos have saved me! I am making the t-shirt quilt for a friend’s husband with shirts their kids got at camp every year & were signed by the kids & their fellow campers. I’m ready to do the binding and can’t find your final video. Help!
Check out this link for the complete tutorial: http://quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2012/07/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-quilt-video-tutorial/
I have the T-shirts!!! I have been wanting to make a quilt for a long time, I have been buying the things that i need to start this project for a long time the cutting boards, materials, etc so i am more than ready! i have been studing the tutorial lesson one and two over and over!! I am going to start ! thanks for all the lessons but like i said i can not go to lesson 3 until i do all of one and two! will keep up posted.
This is my first quilting project and I am having a hard time figuring out what you are using for the batting and the backing of the quilt. Can you tell me what I need to get, please! I am really excited about making this T-shirt quilt!
Use Warm and Natural batting and 100 percent cotton or flannel fabric for the backing.
For the quilted dog bed tutorial, what dog bed liner did you use? I can’t seem to find anything that is both the right dimension and affordable… Thanks!
PS: I also used your t-shirt quilt tutorial, and I will be sewing on the binding today! I have to say it looks pretty good considering it’s my first quilt ever! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.
I can’t remember the exact name of the liner, but I bought it at PetCo for about $15. It was near the pet bedding. I’ve also bought pet bed filler pillows at Hobby Lobby for about $25 and they are the correct dimensions, but aren’t waterproof. My dogs loved both options. Congratulations on finishing your first quilt. I’m doing a new series of video tutorials on piecing triangles. You should check it out and take your quilting to the next level.
My 13 year old son passed away in 2009. I have just recently bagged up all his clothes (dress shirts, t-shirts, pajamas pants, jeans, etc.) and have begin cutting them. I have a pile of 12 x 12 and a pile of 6 x 6. I am attempting to make a quilt for my son and daughter so that they can have a piece of their brother always with them. My son seems to think that he will have it by christmas and I am just not sure that this is possible. I will begin the interfacing tomorrow, then i will have my children go through the piles and pick the pieces they want and hopefully begin sashing sometime this week. Your tutorials will be my guide thank you for posting them. I really hope this is as easy as you make it look..
I’m sorry for your loss. Many quilters make memory quilts from a loved ones clothes. I hope the quilts you make will serve as a lasting reminder of the time you had with your son.
Hope you’re doing well these final days of 2012. Thanks to you and your husband for such well-made videos on making memory quilts. I have many t-shirts from my travels as a musicians’ manager. At some point, I will have enough to piece together a quilt and I will be in one place long enough to do just that! In the meantime, I am enjoying learning how.
Hello I am new to sewing and quilting. and i am stuck. I ironed this interfacing stuff on and when you peel the paper it is kind of sticky on the back so..it wants to bunch up while sewing…..and how ill iron my seems if it is sticky wont it stick to my iron?
It sounds like you have purchased fusible web and not fusible interfacing. Fusible web is mostly used for applique in quilting and has a paper backing that is peeled off so you can stick the appliqued shape in place. Fusible interfacing is used to stabilize fabrics, which is what you need to do when you make a T-shirt quilt.
Thank you for making those wonderful toutorials ! I would like to know just how many tshirts would i need for a king size quilt.
You need 49 designs. That might not mean 49 t-shirts as you may have a design on the front and back of some of the shirts.
I love your tutorials. They are so informative. I am making a tshirt quilt for a friend. My squares are 12 inches. How large should my square strips be. When I am finished I will have 4 rows of 3 shirts totaling 12 tshirts. How wide should my sashing be?
Thank you so much for your help.
Your sashing should be cut 3 inches wide by the width of the block. To determine the finished size of you quilt, add up the block and sashing widths and subtract the seam allowances.
Just starting my first tee shirt quilt – would it be possible for you to list all the supplies needed. Ex:kind of pressure foot needed, etc. find your video very helpful – thanks from a beginner.
The supply list is at this link: http://quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2012/07/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-quilt-video-tutorial/
I am making a quilt for a friend, and most of the squares are going to be at least 16, and down. How can I adjust for sashing? go with sashing the largest first and the add to the others.??
Or. I thought about zig zag them, and just use fill in fabric. I may not be making myself clean here??
Will you be sending me information to my email, or do I just check back here???
I would cut out all your t-shirts and lay them out on graph paper. That way you’ll know exactly what size and quantity of smashing you need.
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What type of needle do you use in your sewing machine to quilt the T-shirt quilt?
I just use a standard quilting needle.