I have always wanted to make a t-shirt quilt and I have finally started! A few months ago, I gathered all of the shirts I wanted to use. I decided to make the quilt with only shirts from our time at Washington State University; mostly because I really like things to match.
I got some awesome red fabric from a thrift store a couple of years ago and always knew I would use it for a blanket just because of how soft it is! It will be perfect for this one.
I had 9 shirts total and ended up just using 8. The shirt I decided not to use was made of a different fabric and I thought it would look better to not use it.
The number of shirts of the different colors ended up working out perfectly: 3 gray, 2 white, 2 red, and 1 black (using the front and back to make 2 black panels).
Starting with the first shirt, I cut up both sides, around the sleeves, and around the neck. This gave me a front and back panel.
I then lined up my ruler as straight as possible with the front design and cut across the top.
Centering the design with the edges to be cut, I cut it so the rectangle would be 14 inches across. For this shirt, the cougarr design is 8 inches across, which means I needed 3 inches on each side.
I then cut the bottom to make the finished rectangle 18 inches long.
I then had 9 large rectangles that were each approximately 14 by 18 inches. I thought the quilt could use a little bit more of something, so I cut 6 rectangles 5 by 17.
Here is what I have so far with the rectangles laid out on the back fabric (minus the white shirt that was cut above):
In between the t-shirt pieces will be plain black cotton.
My next steps:
1. Buy interfacing for the t-shirt fabric to help it hold shape better; iron on all rectangles
2. Cut black cotton
3. Sew top together
I think it will be fairly simple and I'm excited to have it done!