Jamaican T-Shirt Quilt and Instructions

T-shirt quilt ideas and how to make your own quilt.

You have a drawer or a closet full of old t-shirts. It’s time to clean out and make room to go shopping for those after the 4th of July sales. Maybe you just realize it’s time to clean but you don’t want to part with these clothes after all these years. Like images, t-shirts hold memories of a time when…

So what to do with a pile on the floor of many colors and sizes of old Jamaican shirts from your kids’ soccer or little league days? What about your old college clothes or those salvaged from high school activities? That has to mean something or it won’t be in the immediate background.

Instead of throwing away all these great, long-held memories, turn them into a t-shirt quilt.

I made a t-shirt quilt for a friend, whose son died a few years ago. T-shirts are not just memories now they are gifts of shared moments that can never be returned.

His son was also a student in my class, years before me. As I cut, iron, sew, and sew memories of a young man come back and make me smile. As a parent, I am happy that I can use my gifts so that the family can sink under the blanket made of happy and peaceful days with their son.

Old shirts turned into a t-shirt quilt can be a lifetime memory.

Here are a few tips to follow when making your own t-shirt quilt:

The instructions are based on a 15″ square Jamaican shirt block. The cover will end up with a large piece of fabric similar to the fabric between the shirt/blocks and the edge of the fabric.

First, check all of your shirts to make sure the designs fit in a 15″ square. Size: all sizes include 1 1/2″ sashing and 2″ border and are based on a 14 1/2″ finished t-shirt block. If the clothes are smaller than the size mentioned above, sewing the clothes together can make one block.

Step 1 – Select Shirts – Make sure the Teezalo shirts are clean and not soiled.

Step 2 – Fusible Interfacing – Each shirt must be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing to prevent it from stretching. Buy heavyweight fusible Pellon iron-on interfacing. Good quality allows for less stretching of T-shirts. Buy at least 17″ of each shirt. Iron it first before cutting the shirt to the desired size.

Step 3 – Fabric for Sashing / Border / Binding – Cut fabrics that form a decorative grid in the center of one T-shirt block. Arrange 2″ sashing strips (1 1/2″ if finished) between the flaps, 2 1/2″ strips (2″ if finished) for the border, and some fabric for the binding.

Step 4 – Cutting the Shirts – Separate the front of the shirt from the back. Make sure the shirt is smooth, and iron if needed. You want the side of your shirt to be larger than 15 inches square – larger than 17 inches to fit the interfacing. After placing the interfacing you will cut the shirt square to the size you want. (Mentioned in Part 2)

Step 5 – Fusing – Cut the interfacing to 17″ square. Do not cut the interfacing, it will come out. Place the interfacing with the resin side down on the wrong side of the Jamaican shirts, trying to center the design as much as possible. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for joining the back of each T-shirt. Use press cloth. so that you don’t get any glue on your iron. Watch out for wrinkles – if it’s cold they won’t come out!

Step 6 – Cutting the Squares – Squake up each fused shirt to 15″. Make sure you center the design and the colors – measure twice – cut once! Note when cutting the design that a 1/4 seam allowance is required when planning the design area.

Step 7 – Planning – Arrange the squares on the floor or bed and plan. Some light/dark, busy/not too busy. Make sure the blocks can be counted from the desired direction and are all going in the same direction. Pay close attention to repeating the pattern with words so that these and not only letters do not end up in the same row or column.

Step 8 – Completing the Quilt Top – add sashing – Sashing lines are the horizontal and vertical lines between the blocks. Horizontal strips should measure 15″ in length x 2″ in width. Cut enough extra bands for all t-shirts except the bottom line. Sew horizontal lines to the bottom of each block, except for the blocks in the bottom row. Sew the blocks together to make columns. To keep the quilt straight, use stakes at the corners of the quilt and between the sash strips. Using a different color makes it “pop” in this post design.

Step 9 – Sew the sashing lines to each block, first. Make sure the first and last block of each row has a sashing strip at each end. Sew the lines between the rows of blocks together adding a column between the strips. Include one string for each block. There should be a line between each row of blocks as well as the top and bottom of the blocks to form part of the border. The side border will be automatically created when you complete the rows.

Finish – Layer that supports the batting and quilt top. Baste or pin to secure together. You can either hand quilt or machine quilt the t-shirt quilt.

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