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Date: 8/3/13 9:11 PM

Hi! I'm making a t-shirt quilt out of my boyfriend's old band t-shirts, and discovered how expensive interfacing is. I wanted to know if there are any alternatives I can use.

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Date: 8/4/13 6:39 AM

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Hi! I'm making a t-shirt quilt out of my boyfriend's old band t-shirts, and discovered how expensive interfacing is. I wanted to know if there are any alternatives I can use.

Hi! I don't think making a quilt you would need to use interfacing? Are you cutting big squares from the fronts to highlight those great bands? If you look for Portland Maine's last posting, he just finished a T-Shirt quilt using big squares. If they are really thin I would suggest a plain lightweight fabric for the backing - but since it's a quilt you'll have the batting and backing to help stabalize them.

Good luck and love to see it when you're done.

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Date: 8/4/13 9:17 AM

If you are afraid to mess them up without using stabilizer -- use loads of starch. Loads.

With t-shirt I use a light pressure foot and let the machine do the feeding. Dont stretch out the fabric anymore than u need to.


If you need a stabilizer that is heavy - sew the blocks onto foundation pieces then piece the quilt.

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Date: 8/4/13 11:13 PM

Thank you! The main problem I was having was keeping them stiff while I was cutting. One t-shirt is really thin and was rolling up on the edges after I cut it. I haven't started cutting the others yet, but they appear to be thicker and less likely to be a problem. I was just using interfacing because a tutorial I found told me to. I've never quilted before!

And yes, I'm cutting the designs on the front (and most of the backs) and using them as blocks. Unfortunately, that only leaves me with 13 16" blocks, so I'm toying with ideas for other blocks to make the quilt a little bigger.
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