Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on July 15th, 2015

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3 Ways to Divide T-shirts for a Double-Sided Quilt

Double-sidedA double-sided T-shirt quilt is great because you can use twice as many T-shirts inside your quilt.  But once you decide on a double-sided T-shirt quilt, you then have to decide how to divide up your T-shirts between the front and back of your quilt. 

While there are a number of different ways you can divide up your T-shirts, keep in mind that the two sides of the quilt must be the same size.  

Option 1: The quilt maker will divide the blocks up.

This is the easiest method for you and the quilt maker because the division of T-shirt blocks between the front and the back of the quilt will be based on block size, color, content and other visual decisions.  You would just need to send the quilter your T-shirts in one grouping. 

In this scenario, the front and back of a T-shirt may end up on the same side of the quilt or one side may be on the front and the other on the back. It would make searching for the opposite side of a T-shirt fun.  

Option 2: Divide the T-shirts before sending them to your quilter. 

You can divide your T-shirts into two separate bags – one for the front and one for the back. The front of your quilt could be one topic and the back another. 

But since the front and back have to be the same size, you will need to have a plan for your quilter if the front and back of the quilt are different sizes. Here are some options you could employ:

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Be willing to move T-shirt blocks from one side to the other to balance the size. You need to have these shirts determined ahead of time so you can tell your quilter which ones to move without having to go through each block with you. 

Set aside a bag of extra T-shirts that can be used to balance out the smaller side with the larger side. In this case, you would be sending three bags of T-shirts labeled Front, Back and If Needed to Balance.

Another option is to add blank blocks of T-shirt material to the small side to increase its size to be equal with the other side. 

Option 3: Fronts on the Front and Backs on the Back

If you want the front of your T-shirts on the front of your quilt and the backs of the T-shirts on the back, you would send all of your T-shirts in one box and note on the order form to put fronts on the front and backs on the back.  As the T-shirts are cut, they will be divided up in this manor. 

Beware; this method will most likely result in the front and back of the quilt being different sizes because the front and back of T-shirts rarely have the same size graphics.  Thus, you will need a plan to balance the two sides. And since you want the fronts and backs divided from one another, moving blocks from one side to the other will defeat your purpose. 

The best way to even out the sides would be to add blank blocks of T-shirt material to the smaller of the two sides. Read more about adding blank blocks of material to a T-shirt quilt here so you can decide if this solution is something you will like. 

The smaller of the two sides will most likely be the front of the quilt. This is because a majority of your T-shirts will have larger graphics on the back of the T-shirt. But that will depend on your grouping of T-shirts. You will need to look at your T-shirts to get a feel if the backs generally have larger graphics than the fronts. 

A double-sided T-shirt quilt may be a great solution for your T-shirts. Read more about double-sided T-shirt quilts here. 


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


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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.