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Sewing Tutorial: T-Shirt Quilt Part 3

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a keepsake T-shirt quilt
It's hard for me to believe, but in just three days, my baby will be walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma. In honor of this momentous event, I have been working on a keepsake t-shirt quilt that has been years in the planning.

I started collecting the shirts for this quilt when my girl was in elementary school. I am including school shirts, sports and choir shirts and even a shirt from the school university she will be attending in the fall :)

In case you missed the beginning of this project:

Part 1 - Preparing the T-Shirt Blocks
Part 2 - Completing the Quilt Top

Now on to Part 3 - Quilting and Binding

The finished quilt is 68x88 inches and is large enough to fit on a standard sizes dorm bed. The materials listed are what you will need to complete the entire quilt.

Materials


Directions


After finishing the quilt top, you should have about 5 1/3 yds of black flannel remaining.  Cut the piece in half so you have two (approximately 2 2/3 yd) pieces. Create the back of the quilt by sewing the two pieces together, lengthwise using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Lay the quilt back, finished side down, on a work surface. I had to use the floor because I don't have a table or counter that's big enough.

Smooth out any wrinkles.
Unroll the batting and lay it over the back. Smooth out any wrinkles in the batting the best you can.
Next, you'll position the quilt top. It's easiest to do this by folding the quilt top in half lengthwise, right sides together.
Then you can line up the center seams on the quilt top and back.
Unfold the quilt top and smooth out any wrinkles.
Use curved safety pins to secure the layers of the quilt.
I pinned each of the four corners of the t-shirt blocks.

You can quilt designs into the sashing strips and borders if you feel like being fancy. Since I only have a standard sized sewing machine and a relatively small work area, I chose to "stitch in the ditch." If you haven't heard this term before, it means you stitch along the seams where two pieces of fabric are joined.

By doing stitch in the ditch to quilt this piece it will create a simple, inconspicuous grid of quilting.

I like to roll one side of my quilt toward the center. Then, starting with the center row, I stitch across the quilt, unrolling the quilt as I progress from row to row.

Repeat the process, rolling the quilt to the center from the opposite edge and stitching across.Then, repeat the process again, but roll from the sides of the quilt and stitch down the columns.
Once the piece is quilted, you can remove your safety pins.

You'll notice that the edges of the batting, quilt top and quilt back are all different sizes.
Carefully use scissors or a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler to even up the edges so they are the same size as the quilt top.

Finally, bind your quilt with satin blanket binding.
Hopefully this t-shirt quilt will provide some warm memories of home while keeping my daughter cozy and when she heads off to college in the fall.

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a keepsake T-shirt quilt




Sewing Tutorial: T-Shirt Quilt Part 2

I have been collecting my daughter's t-shirts for this quilting project for ten+ years. I have to admit that cutting the shirts and creating the blocks for my previous post was a little bittersweet. I'm a very proud mama, but with graduation just days away, it's a little sad to think that we'll be empty nesters in a few months.

Sewing a keepsake t-shirt quilt like this is not a terribly difficult project, but it is a little time consuming. So, I am splitting the tutorial into three parts. Just in case you missed it, Part 1 was about how to prepare and cut the t-shirt squares. Now, I'll show you how to cut the sashing and borders and piece the top of the quilt.

The finished quilt is 68x88 inches and is large enough to fit on a standard sizes dorm bed. The materials listed are what you will need to complete the entire quilt.

Materials


Directions


Wash, dry and iron the three pieces of flannel.

Once all of your t-shirt squares are cut, use a cutting mat, rotary cutter and grid ruler to cut:

38 - 3 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch rectangles from the red flannel
24 - 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares from the white flannel
Before you start sewing, you should decide what order you will be placing your t-shirt squares. You want to set them in five rows of three.
Start with the top row of squares. Using a 1/4 inch allowance, pin (right sides together) then stitch a red rectangle on the right side of each square in the row.

Press the seams to one side.
Pin (right sides together) and sew a red rectangle on the left side of the first square. Pin (right sides together) and sew the second and third square/rectangle pieces together.

Press the seams to one side.
Finish the row by pinning (right sides together) and sewing the pieces as shown.

Repeat this process to create the remaining four rows.
Next, you'll create the strips that go between each row of squares.

Still using 1/4 inch seam allowances, create six strips that look like the photo.

Press the seams to one side.
Lay out the rows of squares and flannel strips that go between them.
Pin (right sides together) and stitch them all together using a 1/4 inch allowance.

Press the seams to one side.
Now it's time to make a black border around the quilt top.

From the black flannel cut:

4 - 5 inch x fabric width strips
4 - 10 inch x fabric width strips

The 10 inch wide strips will be the side borders and the 5 inch wide strips go on the top and bottom.

Start with the side borders. Sew the short edge of two 10 inch strips together. Repeat with the other two 10 inch strips. Press the seams open.

Center the side borders on the quilt top. Pin (right sides together) and stitch the side borders to the quilt. Press the seams to one side.
You'll notice that the borders are slightly longer than your quilt top.
Use your cutting tools to evenly trim off the excess border.
Next, sew the short edge of two 5 inch strips together. Repeat with the other two 5 inch strips. Press the seams open.

Center along the top and bottom edges of the quilt. Pin (right sides together) and stitch the top and bottom borders of the quilt.

Press the seams to one side.
Again, you'll notice that the borders are longer than the quilt.
Use your cutting tools to trim the excess.

Now that the quilt top is assembled, in Part 3 I will show you how to quilt and bind your t-shirt quilt.




Sewing Tutorial: T-Shirt Quilt Part 1

Sewing Tutorial: How to cut t-shirt squares to make a keepsake quiltI have been planning this project and saving the materials for at least 10 years and am quite excited to finally be working on it!

When my daughter was in elementary school, I thought it would be neat to make a quilt out of all of her school, sports and activity t-shirts as a high school graduation gift. I had a feeling it could be a really cool keepsake that would be a cozy reminder of home when she headed off to college.

Now, with graduation a few short weeks away, the time has finally come for me to start cutting and stitching. The finished quilt is 68x88 inches and is large enough to fit on a standard sizes dorm bed.

This a rather large project, so I am go to break it up into three posts, starting with how to prepare and cut the t-shirt squares. The materials listed are what you will need to complete the entire quilt.

Materials



Directions


Wash and dry your t-shirts.

Use a rotary cutter, mat and grid ruler to cut the fusible interfacing into fifteen 16x16 inch squares.
Lay a shirt out on a work surface. Use scissors to cut up each side of the shirt and remove the sleeves.
The shirt I am using has images on the front and back that I will be including on my quilt.
Place the cut shirt, face down, on an ironing board. Press out the wrinkles. It’s very important to make sure the shirt is pressed smooth before you apply the interfacing.
Lay one fusible interfacing square onto the wrong side of the shirt and press it according to the interfacing directions.

Repeat the process with the remaining shirts.
Place your shirt onto a cutting mat.
Set your cutting grid over the image you are using. Position the grid so that the image is centered beneath it.
Use a rotary cutter to cut around the grid.
Sewing Tutorial: How to cut t-shirt squares to make a keepsake quilt Repeat the process with the remaining shirts so you have a total of fifteen 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 squares.

Next, in Part 2, I'll show you how to cut the flannel borders that will go between the squares and piece the quilt top.