T-Shirt Quilt Beginnings

I have a habit of hanging on to old graphic tees once they either get ripped, don’t fit anymore, fall apart, or I just retire them from my wardrobe. For the last few years they’ve been sitting in the bottom of my steamer trunk taking up space. When looking for craft things to do the other day I finally decided to cut them into squares for an eventual t-shirt quilt. I did a little reading online beforehand to see if there were any particular tips that were important but the only constant I found was keeping your shirt squares the same size (a conclusion I had already come to on my own). So here’s what I did.


First I gathered supplies, which consisted of my fabric scissors, some chalk, and this big rectangular scrapbook paper box to use as my outline for the shirt squares (well, shirt rectangles technically).


Then I put the box inside the shirt, lined it up how I wanted, and traced the outline of the box onto the shirt with the chalk.


Slightly hard to see, but there’s the chalk outline on the shirt.


Then I cut it in beautiful straight  wibbly wobbly lines, which is alright because the seams will be straight when I sew them together and that’s what matters!

Then I just repeated for the fifteen or so shirts I had left so I ended up with a bunch like this, as you may have seen in a previous post.


I’m not planning on doing a full size bed quilt, I just want to make a throw for the living room. I need about ten more shirts and then I’ll be ready to start sewing!

Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt, or any quilt? Any tips or tricks to share? I’d love to hear them!

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