We have been making t-shirt quilts since 2006. Most folks have plenty of t-shirts to make their quilt, the problem is limiting them to a certain amount. Sometimes, you might not have enough shirts to go with the theme you have in mind.
A loved one has passed. You have a closet full of clothes, or maybe a few boxes of clothing that you have aquired after you cleaned the closets. What ae you going to do with this clothing?
There are several stages of grief. Maybe you want to move on within a few weeks, or maybe it has been a few years. There is no correct answer. Just what is best for YOU. So, what is the next step?
Consider having a quilt(s) or pilllow(s) made from the clothing. A memory quilt made from clothing creates a memory that you can wrap you up in hugs that will last a lifetime.
Memory quilt with tshirts, badges and
a foursquare block made with logos.
We have several styles of borders that you can choose for your t-shirt quilt. First a few definitions so we all know what we are talking about.
Binding is the finishing method that goes around the outside edge of the quilt. It covers up the raw edges of fabrics and makes a nice finish. This fabric is usually the same fabric as the outer border or backing of the quilt.
Borders are part of the quilt top and effect the finished size of the quilt. There can be one or more of these, each adding to the interest of your quilt
Read more about the difference between borders and binding. Many quilt/(blanket) makers just sew the shirts together, and finish it in one of several methods. The CHEAP blanket guys, just make the top (see Terms), sew it pillowcase style, then top-stitch around the outside edge. (Note: that is finishing the edge, but is not binding)
What? We WANT you to compare tshirt quilt makers. Yep. We have found over the years that the more YOU know, the better decisions you make.
We have put together a free file for you to download and print. Just make notes about your comparisons when checking with different quilt makers.
There are several questions you should be asking ANY COMPANY that you are considering having making your treasured quilt. We have filled in over 10 questions you should be asking before you send your shirts off to make a quilt [or blanket].
Fist and foremost, you need to decide if you want a quilt or a blanket. Read Difference Between a Quilt and a Blanket for more on that.
While there are lots of steps to completing your custom quilt. The ones that you are probably worried about are simple.
Once you have shipped your shirts (or dropped them off at the shop), what goes on?
Not All T-Shirt Quilt Makers are Created The Same
WHAT? Some companies (or crafters) actually send their quilt projects off-site while their customers think that their special tees will stay at the place they mailed them. In many cases, the quilt-maker is sub-contracting some or part of the quilt process. Maybe they are piecing the quilt top, then sending it to someone else to quilt it. This happens because this place is NOT a professional business.
A professional t-shirt quilt maker is making your quilt start to finish. They have the equipment. They have the materials. They have the employees. They are not farming out any work to someone else. This happens for several reasons; see my post on Who Is Making Your T-Shirt Quilt. Look for a company that will complete your quilt 'in house' and reduce the risk of sending your treasured tees to someone else.