T Shirt Quilts

Written by Rebecca Russell
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There is a common phenomenon in this country surrounding the hoarding of old t-shirts. For whatever reason, we as a nation have difficulty parting with these cotton and polyester blends emblazoned with logos from old fraternities, fundraisers, school plays and graduation years. No matter how old we get, these t-shirts live on in our closets.

Fortunately, there is a way to keep your favorite t-shirts and free up some space in your dresser or storage unit. Consider turning your memories into a cozy quilt. T-shirt quilts generally follow some of the simpler quilt patterns, which makes them easy enough for even the most inexperienced quilt maker.

From Old T-Shirt to New Quilt

To make a t-shirt quilt, the first step is to gather up all of the shirts in your household that are no longer in use. Choose shirts with logos as well as plain and solid colors. These will all fit together into one, large piece. There are many patterns that can be used for a t-shirt quilt. The most effective generally have a large square with the logo or print in the center, surrounded by smaller triangles of solid color. This helps to frame the logo and creates a lovely pattern for the piece.

If you are looking for an original gift, why not create a t-shirt quilt with a theme for a certain member of your family? Scour thrift stores for old shirts with logos that your loved one might enjoy. School musical productions are perfect for the theatre-lover and old triathlon shirts will make any athlete chuckle. Another idea is to simply look for the most outrageous shirts you can find and put together a humorous quilt that will leave your loved ones in stitches!


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