Reuse Old Workout Shirts To Make A T-shirt Quilt

by Dana on November 15, 2011

So hopefully you used a couple of your old workout shirts and refashioned them using This Mama Makes Stuff’s tutorial, but I imagine you’re still staring at a good-sized stack that need to find their own home.

Why not make a t-shirt quilt?

This is a project that even the beginner sewer can do because often the biggest part of the design is deciding which part of the shirt you want to cut out and include.

To learn more about how to make a t-shirt quilt, here is a tutorial with pictures that provide step-by-step level detail on how to do it. If you’d prefer simple text instructions on one page, that tutorial can be found here.

Some things to note:

  • If you want to do all the sewing and the idea of the putting the three layers of a quilt together seems overwhelming you don’t have to include batting (although then I guess it’s not technically a “quilt” so we’ll call it a t-shirt blanket). Find an alternate backing and have at it! There are a lot of great, super soft (and warm) options out there that will be just as beautiful and functional.
  • If you don’t want to do all the sewing, then have fun walking down memory as you design your quilt top, but leaving the finishing to a professional. You can find a local quilt shop that offers finishing services or connect with a community member who will do the quilt finishing for you.

If you’ve made a t-shirt quilt already, leave a comment and inspire others with your completed creation.

If you decide to make one after reading this, post a picture on Facebook or send us a tweet and we’ll spread the word about your creation.

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