Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on February 11th, 2019

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5 Things You Need to Know to Plan T-shirt Quilts for Twins

Graduation T-shirt Quilts

Twin quiltsParents of twins graduating from high school have twice as many issues as parents with just one child.  Basically, everything needs to be done in twos. This includes two T-shirt quilts.

We have learned so much about making T-shirts quilts for twins since we made our first quilts in 1992. Below are 5 things you need to consider when you plan T-shirt quilts for your twins.

1. Quilt Size

Do you want the exact same size quilt for each twin? 

Some parents like to try to keep the quilt sizes the same so they can keep things equal for their children. Sometimes this is not that easy. 

Hudson_T1hudson_t2Just because they are twins does not mean they will each have all the same T-shirts. After all, twins are individuals and usually have participated in different activities. This may mean that there is a different quantity of T-shirts for each kid.

If the quilts come out different sizes, there are way to make the quilts the same size. Here are some examples:

  1. Remove T-shirts from the larger quilt. You might be able to move some T-shirts from one quilt to the other. If not, you may just need to remove T-shirts from the larger quilt.
  2. Add blank blocks to the smaller quilt to increase the quilt size. Read more about adding blank blocks to your T-shirt quilt here.
  3. Add family T-shirts to the smaller quilt to make it larger. For example, a parent's T-shirts from family events or travel.
  4. compare_two_bordersAdding a border or a larger border to the smaller quilt can help increase the quilts size. Read more about borders on T-shirt quilts here. At the bottom of this page are two quilts that were made the same size. One twin had a lot more T-shirts than his brother. The first quilt there has a lot of blank blocks to make the quilts the same size. 

    In the photo here are two quilts. The quilt on the right is a little smaller than the left. This is despite having a larger border. The larger border let us get the two quilt sizes closer. 

Other parents are not concerned with keeping the quilts exactly the same size.  In that case, we can make the quilt based on what T-shirts each child has.

We have found that having two different size quilts is easy on boy/girl twins. 

There is no right or wrong way to do this. You know your kids best. Let this guide you in this project.

2. Backing and Binding Colors

Binding backing heroWhen you choose the backing and binding colors for your quilts, you will have to decide how identical or different to make the two quilts.

There are any number of ways to choose what backing and binding colors to use.

  1. Choice – Let each twin choose the colors they would like. This is a perfect solution if you plan the quilts with your kids. Read more here about if you should tell you kids about the quilt or make it a surprise.
  2. School Colors – Use the school colors for the backing and binding. For example, if the school colors are red and black, you could use black for the backing and red for the binding.
  3. School Colors Inverse – Use the school colors for the quilts, but use the inverse for one quilt. If one child has a black backing and a red binding, the other child’s quilt could have a red backing and a black binding. They are similar, yet different.
  4. Same Backing, Different Binding – Each quilt would have the same color for the backing and a different color for the binding. This would give the quilts something in common and something different.
  5. One Color – Choose a single color to use on both quilts for both the backing and binding.

To learn more about the different types, styles and qualities of T-shirts, download our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. 
It’s a great place to begin your journey to finding a quilt maker.

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

3. Packing Up the T-shirts to Send to Your Quilt Maker.

garage_sale_findsAs you go through your children’s T-shirts, set out a plastic bag for each child. Carefully separate the kid’s T-shirts. After you have them divided, double and triple check that each twin’s T-shirts are separated out into their own plastic bag or box.

We can’t move T-shirts from one quilt to the other after the quilt is finished.  We don’t know which T-shirts belongs to which child. We only work out of the individual bags or box of T-shirts. We won’t be able to double check for you.

Please make sure that the T-shirts are divided correctly and marked accordingly. Read more about how to mark your T-shirts for a quilt here.  Be sure to watch our video with complete marking directions.

4. One Item for Both Quilts

If you have items that need to be shared between the two quilts, it’s not a problem. There are two ways to divide them up:

  1. Physically cut the T-shirt or item. This is the only time you should cut any T-shirt before you send them to your quilt maker.
    You need to cut up each side through the armpits and down the sleeve. Then cut across the top of the shoulder and through the neckline. Then divide the sides between the two quilts.
  1. Put all the items that need to be divided between the two quilts in a third separate plastic bag. Note on the bag that these items need to be divided between the two quilts. We will then do the division for you.

    The advantage to this second method is that we are able to put the larger block from the T-shirt into the smaller quilt. This can help balance the size of the quilts.

    Twins quilt

5. Items for Either Quilt

Do you have items that could be used in either quilt? If so, put these in their own bag labeled “for either quilt.”

We will not cut or use these items until after we calculate the size of the quilts based on each child’s own T-shirts. Then, if one child’s quilt is smaller than the other, we can use these items to increase the size of the smaller quilt.

Let us know if you have any questions about making T-shirt quilts for twins.

We would love to share your stories and experience of having had T-shirt quilts made for your twins. Your experience can could help make this article more helpful for other families with twins.

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To learn more about the different types, styles and qualities of T-shirts, download our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. 
It’s a great place to begin your journey to finding a quilt maker.

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide


Twin 1


twin 2

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About Andrea Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since. 


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