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How to Choose A T-Shirt Quilt Border Style For Your T-Shirt Quilt

Border Styles

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)   

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Fun Things to Do With T-Shirts

T-Shirt Quilt Pants

This has to  be the best thing I've seen with t-shirts.  Last year at Quilt Market, the lady checking our tickets at the door  was wearing PANTS made with t-shirts.  OK, that was a first for me.

Here she is in all her glory.  I asked her if it was OK to post on my blog.   She was like "sure, go for it".

 Don't have a pattern or any instructions on how to do this.  But hey...  as she said... "go for it".

I didn't get in there real close to check.  Are the t-shirts OVER the jeans, or did she replace the jeans.  Either way, I LOVE IT!!

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Choosing Fabric Colors for Your T-Shirt Quilt

How to Choose Colors for YOUR T-Shirt Quilt

So, you've decided to have a quilt(s) made.  You are filling out the order form and here I am asking for you to make more decisions! Yikes!....  

It is OK.  We get everything from "You decide, you are the professional", "Blue", or like my favorite customer.... she  actually sends color swatches (Love you Renee!).

Quilt at left.  Customer attaches color swatches. 
Fabric choices we made based on her wishes.

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Compare T-Shirt Quilt Makers - Please.

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.

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Our Process: What Happens to your Tees Once we Get Them

The Process

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? 

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Is a Professional Making YOUR T-Shirt Quilt?

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.

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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