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.

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