Over the years, I have made countless memory quilts for clients. The materials range from baby clothes, concert shirts to full blown 3 piece suits.
The excitement and joy expressed by my clients is always truly touching. The one question that I am always asked is “How did you do that?”
This “How To” series will walk you through the basics of creating a tee-shirt quilt.
This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons
Part 1 in the series is all about gathering your materials, determining your sizing and cutting.
Materials for completed quilt:
- Tee Shirts
- Tricot fusible interlining
- Backer fabric (I like to use flannel)
- * optional** June Tailors printable fabric (if including a photo)
- Iron/Ironing board/Press Cloth
- Sewing Machine
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Gather all of your times you would like to include in your quilt. Be sure that they are clean and ready to use. You will need to find a flat surface to lay out your tee shirts for cutting.
- Sizing- Before you can start cutting each square, you need to determine the finished size of your quilt and number of squares you will be including. I will be creating a 25 square/pieced quilt that will finish as a full. (82″ wide x 87″ tall ish) I will create 5 rows of 5 blocks. Each block will finish 16 1/2″ wide x 17 1/2″ tall. But I need to add seam allowance. To make things easy, I am going to add 1/4″ seam allowance to each side. Each finished block will be 17″ wide x 18″ tall.
- To start my process, I like to cut fusible interlining larger than my finished block. (this will give me wiggle room later when cutting.) For speed, I suggest cutting them all at once. Cut 25.
- Cut off your necks and sides of tee shirts. You will be left with 2 large rectangles.
- Following the manufactures instructions, lay fusible interlining to wrong side of fabric and fuse. Note to position any print, graphic or special detail on the right side of fabric. *Use your press cloth here! If iron the wrong side of fusible it will melt to your iron. (trust me, I have done this- it is no fun to remove!)
- After all pieces are fused, cut to size. A self-healing mat, roto cutter and quilters ruler will make quick work of this step but are not needed.