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Monday, August 15, 2005


Making a t-shirt quilt

The sad truth about t-shirts is that oftentimes they become too old to wear but also too precious to discard. What to do? Turn them into a quilt, of course! Creating a t-shirt quilt is a great way to preserve those Beefy-Tee memories while returning those ratty old garments to usefulness.

There are several different sets of instructions on the web for creating t-shirt quilts. You'll find links and a short description of each below. has a friendly set of instructions with lots of illustrations, unfortunately marred by some web design problems. In some browsers the Google ads will push the content down beyond the first screen, but you can scroll down on each page to find the instructions. Also note that the link to the second page from the first is broken. You can find the actual second page here.

Goose Tracks Quilts has a very basic manual for creating a t-shirt quilt, but if you're an experienced quilter it may be all you need. It's the only step-by-step set that will print out on a single page. If you're fairly confident you could figure this project by yourself but would like some no-nonsense instructions, this is probably the page for you.

HGTV has a short article with the basic steps and some photographs, but there's very little in the way of hand-holding here. Probably best used in combination with the other instructions for some additional inspiration.

Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Send a picture of your quilt to planetpatchwork at gmail dot com and we'll feature it in a gallery of t-shirt quilts!

Try Too Cool T-shirt Quilts for a new way to make T-shirt Quilts.
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