All About T-Shirt and Memory Quilts

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

Already Cut T-Shirts


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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How To Display A T-Shirt Quilt


Three Main Ways to Display a Quilt

There are three categories for hanging or displaying your T-Shirt Quilt.  Temporary, Semi-Permanent and Permanent.  I think the terms are self-explanatory, but lets take a look at some creative options for displaying your t-shirt quilt.


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Getting Your T-Shirts Ready For A Quilt

Clean T-Shirts and Clothing

First and foremost, all tee shirts and clothing should be clean.  Obvious you say... but if you send t-shirts that smell like smoke or mothballs ( or worse - sweat*) - your quilt is going to smell like mothballs!!!

*Note - for odors that don't seem to want to come out of clothing like athletic jerseys; just add a cup of vinegar to the laundry during the soap cycle.

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You did WHAT with my T-Shirts?

Can You Believe THIS is What Some Folks Consider a T-Shirt QUILT???


One of those other 'blankets'.
There are a lot of folks out there making T-Shirt Quilts. Or rather, should I say t-shirt comforters or blankets. There is a new company out there professing to be the 'cheapest' on the web. I have had several of those 'cheap' blankets come to my shop with either the mom in tears because the t-shirts were ruined, or the recipient in tears because the 'blanket' was awful.... Whatever the issue, you just know that this 'blanket' was done poorly, and you know it will never be used or displayed in public.
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T-Shirt Quilt of The Week - Tiny T-Shirt (aka Baby Clothes Quilt)

Tiny T-Shirt Quilts


Quilt made from baby clothes.  Traditional type quilt, made with squares anywhere from 6 inches to 8 inches (depending on size of the clothing).  These quilts are made from either 35 or 48 blocks depending on the finished size of quilt (or maybe how many outfits you would like to incorporate!)
We do 'Tiny T-Shirt' quilts all the time. You get all these cute little outfits when the new baby comes, and well into the toddler years. What can you do with all these items of clothing?
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Thinking about having a T-Shirt quilt made? 

Download our Free Buying Guide

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