Do you have a stash of tshirts that don’t really fit anymore, but are too threadbare to donate? I’ve had a stack of clothes in my fabric bin for a while, just waiting for a good project to come along. Well after I learned about the whole rag quilting method, I decided to give it a shot on the classic tshirt quilt!
Tshirt quilts are awesome because 1) they’re super soft 2) they’re recycled & 3) they’re pretty much free. I had a good stack of old cotton shirts, tank tops, and sleeping pants. You could also raid some garage sales for cheap supplies. Here’s how I did it: 1) Cut all your squares. For my quilt, I cut 2 squares for each block, 7.5″ square. You will also need 1 square of quilt batting for each block. There are a total of 48 blocks, which makes 96 tshirt squares and 48 quilt squares. I cut them all while watching Friends with Benefits. Once they’re cut, make your block: one tshirt square right side down, a quilt block, then another square right side up. They don’t have to match if you don’t want them to!
2) Quilt your blocks. I sewed a straight seam corner to corner in an X shape. It’s easy and keeps the pieces together.
3) Repeat for all squares. My quilt is 6 squares wide and 8 squares long, measuring 40″x55″. That makes it the right size for a child blanket or a lap throw. If you have more shirts, you can make more squares for a larger quilt. This one is perfectly Charlie sized.
4) Sew horizontal strips. I laid out my pattern on the bed, then stacked each row of squares in order so I knew how I wanted to sew them. Make sure you pay attention and sew all the seams facing the same side. I got hasty and had to rip a few out. Just do a 1/2″ straight seam to sew them together.
5) Sew your rows together. Again, make sure you’re putting the exposed seam on the same side as the rest.
6) Press the squares flat and sew a zigzag seam around the edge of the quilt. It acts as a binding and keeps everything flat.
7) Show it off! This project took about 5 hours start to finish, from cutting to “binding”. It’s very easy and simple, definitely a beginner’s project. So don’t be afraid to try out quilting! It shakes up the “traditional” tshirt quilt a little bit too.