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can I make a quilt from T-shirts?
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Date: 4/9/12 10:59 AM

I've never quilted and its not really "my thing" but I am motivated to give this a try if it's feasible.

I want to make a quilt - or something like it - from all my old racing t-shirts. They are all stuffed in a drawer taking up space and I'll never wear them. But I don't know if piecing/quilting can be done with this type of fabric - i.e. slightly stretchy cotton fabric.

Can anybody give me an idea for this? Should I cut out the relevant parts of the shirts and applique it onto suitable fabric or can I piece the actual t-shirt fabric? Remember, I know NOTHING about quilting...but I am a moderately skilled seamstress so I could probably figure it out if I had some directions and/or ideas.

THANKS!
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Date: 4/9/12 11:34 AM

Absolutely, my sons have T-quilts from their sports days their kids now use. I didn't quilt either. We cut out the main squares, filled in with state T's or sports prints if we needed an extra, then divided with (optional) strips each way. I think I used fusible interfacing, but check the ***Tutorials online, you do need to stabilize.
Iron and lay the shirts out first before cutting and arrange several times to decide colors, size of squares, extra fillers.
They can get heavy, use no filling with a light backing or just a flannel sheet inside and tack between several squares for shifting. Extras can be pillows too.
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In reply to lisalu

Date: 4/9/12 11:53 AM

Here is a popular tutorial that is easy for a beginner - How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt.

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Date: 4/9/12 4:20 PM

Thanks, you guys! I bookmarked that link, it will be very helpful
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Date: 4/10/12 7:34 AM

The type of interfacing you use to stabilize the t-shirts makes a HUGE difference. The Pro Sheer from Pam Erny @ fashionsewingsupply.com is great for this as it will stabilize beautifully and does not make the t-shirt sections heavy or clunky like a lot of other interfacings.
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