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10 Biggest Mistakes In Creating A T-Shirt Quilt


T-Shirt quilts are a work of art.   They are the scrapbook you can sleep under. You have a drawer full or a box of treasured tee shirts that you have been collecting over the years.  Maybe they are school, sports or vacation shirts.   You've heard about t-shirt quilts but don't have any idea about how to get one made. 

There are SO many t-shirt quilt/blanket makers out there.  (More on difference between a quilt and a blanket) There are good t-shirt quilts and the not-so-good results.     Here are 10 of the most common mistakes made by the non-professionals, and even some professionals.   

Be sure to ask your quilt-maker lots of questions and ask to view examples  of their work.  

 

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What Size T-Shirt Quilt Do I Want?

I Have Too Many T-Shirts

 
You have a HUGE pile of T-Shirts. How many souvenir t-shirts from vacation travels do you have? Were you in sports, band and every group at high school? Oh, maybe you were in a sorority or fraternity in college. If you were like my daughters, they acquired a new t-shirt every time their sorority had an event, which was most every week! These days, a t-shirt is created for every ev ent, and it is not unu sual to have a large collection of t-shirts.  
 

How Many T-Shirts Do I Need?

The hardest decision in getting a t-shirt quilt made is deciding how large to make it. In other words, how many t-shirts do I need? If you have a huge collection of tee shirts, you might think that you need a king sized quilt. Just because you have a lot t-shirts, you might want a huge quilt. Determine what the best use for your quilt will be; something to relax under on the couch, or as an actual bed quilt. If making Memory quilts, we suggest that you make the Generous Throw sized quilt.

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T-Shirt Quilt Terminology

You do your research.  You check out all the different websites that offer tshirt quilts.  HOW do you decide on just one t-shirt quilt maker?   What do all the terms mean?

We will start with many of the most common terms that you should learn about to help you make an informed decision in selecting someone to take care of YOUR valuable t-shirts.

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Oops, I Already Cut My T-Shirts For A T-Shirt Quilt


Already Cut T-Shirts

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You always wanted to have a T-Shirt Quilt.   You begged your friends that do a bit of sewing.  You begged your grandma.  You tried to bribe your mom.  So, you decided to do it yourself   You started whacking at the t-shirts.  Thought you could make a creative quilt.   At some point you figured out that was not a good idea.   Finally, after years of sitting undone, you decide that it is time to call in a professional.

We get several quilts each month where someone has started, their grandmother started or a friend started the quilt top, and find themselves stalled at completing the top or to complete the quilting.  No worries, so far, we have been able to handle everything that that has been presented to us.

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Shipping Your T-Shirts or Clothing For a Quilt


We receive boxes every day from UPS, Fed-Ex or the Post Office.  Most boxes arrive in pretty good shape, but some - well, there could be some improvement.  Here are some suggestions for shipping your valued t-shirts.

The other day we received the 'perfectly packaged' bunch of shirts.  We were so impressed that we thought there ought to be a prize of some sort.  

  • the tee shirts were folded neatly
  • the order form and deposit included
  • the box was sized appropriately for the number of tshirts.
  • They wrapped it up with a RIBBON! Oh my!!
  • They shipped it via Priority Mail**
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Thinking about having a T-Shirt quilt made? 

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Before you have a T-Shirt quilt made, be sure to read our T-Shirt Quilt Buyers Guide so that you have the information you need to make an informed choice about what type of T-Shirt quilt you want to have made.

T-Shirt Buyers Guide