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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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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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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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Difference Between a Border and Binding in a T-Shirt Quilt

Borders or Binding?

Many times when someone is sending their tshirts in and ordering a quilt, they will ask 'what fabric do you use for that outside border?"  OK,  the confusion comes because the customer does not understand the difference between the 'binding' and a 'border'.  In this photo, we are also showing 'sashing' and 'backing' which are also parts of any real quilt.    
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Cheap T-Shirt Quilt Makers on the Internet


Wow! - T-Shirt Blankets for $74.99 

What a bargain!  But, before you spend your $74.99 for 16 of your favorite t-shirts made into a blanket, (read this about difference between a quilt and blanket) think about this.  How important are these t-shirts to you?  Are you willing to throw those tee shirts away, and get a crappy blanket to preserve your memories?

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5 Things You Should Demand That Your T-Shirt Quilt Maker Include!

 At Shadywood Quilts and T-Shirt Quilts of Texas, we have literally made thousands of T-Shirt Quilts  over the last eleven years. Suffice it to say, that we have a bit of experience in making a successful T-Shirt Quilt.

While we are busy making T-Shirt Quilts for hundreds of folks every year, we have several people that bring us the T-Shirt Quilt TOP for us to finish. We love taking care of you, but sometimes we cringe when we see the top that the customer wants us to work a miracle on.

Here are some suggestions to make a successful tshirt quilt top, and what you should demand your quilt-maker include when creating your quilt.

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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