It is time for another DIY here on Maggie O Prep. The DIY I will be demonstrating today? Your very own t-shirt quilt made from your very own t-shirts! Now before you go and freak out, “What?! Sewing?! No way!” keep in mind that this is a fairly simple template. In fact you don’t even need a template just these helpful steps. Let’s get started!
Double Sided T-shirt Quilt
- Rotary cutter/mat
- Interfacing (I use Pellon apparel, 911FF)
- Quilt batting (whatever weight you like depending on how thick. I’ve used 2 different weights)
- Thread (I use white to keep it neutral)
- Sewing pins
- Sewing Machine (needle, bobbin)
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Spray Bottle
- Determine your shirts and size – Find all the shirts you want to use and gather them up. The quilt will be double sided so you’ll have shirts on both sides. Decide how many you want to use, if you want to use both sides of the shirt, etc. to determine how big your quilt will be. My quilts are 6×6 (36 squares) on each side and 72 total, but you can make it smaller if you want. My quilt is about a queen size quilt.
- Cut shirts and interfacing – Cut a template out of whatever material you choose (I used a durable plastic) to 12×12 inches. Cut the shirts and interfacing using this template. When you have all t-shirts and interfacing you are ready to iron!
- Fuse shirts – Iron interfacing to back of t-shirts. Keep iron on medium heat, lay the t-shirt face down with interfacing fusing side down (bumpy side), and cover with damp cloth. Use spray bottle to keep cloth wet as it will dry when ironed on.
- Sew shirts by row – Create the order you want your t-shirts in on both side and sew each side individually row by row. Place two squares face down to one another, pin together and sew using sewing machine. Once you have all six squares together, set aside until all rows are done on both side
- Sew both sides individually – After the rows are all in a row (see what I did there?) now it’s time to sew them together. When you are sewing these it is important to sew them top line to bottom line. When placing together, place them how they will look on the quilt, then match the bottom corners on the bottom row to the top corners on the top row. Sew the bottom line together and unfold once finished. Do this to all rows on both sides of quilt.
- Cut Batting and sew pieces together – It is now time to sew that batting in! Place both sides of the quilt t-shirt sides touching in the same direction. Place batting on top and cut to fit shirts. Once cut and on top, pin all three pieces together, leaving the bottom edge unpinned. Sew all pieces together on pinned sides.
- Turn inside out and sew again – Once the pieces are sewn together, turn it right side out. The quilt will now start to look like a quilt! After you have the quilt right side out, it’s time to sew it shut. You will create a hem around the outside of the quilt and be able sew it shut. Pin the bottom of the quilt together by folding both sides of the t-shirts in a half inch to create an edge, folding the corners in a three fold fashion. Once you have that pinned, sew around all the edges of the quilt about a half inch deep to create a finish for your edges.
- Sew inner corners together – Now that you have the outside totally sewn together you need to get the inner squares sewn. Take need and thread and sew the corners of the inner squares together on both sides. Corners don’t match up perfect? Don’t worry mine don’t either! It won’t be perfect but it’s handmade it’s not supposed to be!
- Voila! Questions? Aske me below!