A quilt’s three layers are held together with quilting. Although there are four major styles of "quilting" a quilt maker can use, we are going to look at machine quilted T-shirt quilts here. Most T-shirt quilts are quilted, are quilted with a long-arm quilting machine. This article is a Q & A about the thread used to long-arm quilt T-shirt quilts.
I hear over and over from some people that they are looking for someone local to make their T-shirt quilt. When asked why, I am told that they are scared of mailing their T-shirts to someone they don’t know. I feel that these are minor issues compared with choosing a quilt maker just because they are local.
If you are in the process of finding someone to make your T-shirt quilt, you may not have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide has the information you need to fill in any knowledge gaps.
We receive boxes of T-shirts everyday here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. They come from the post office, UPS and FedEx. Some boxes are packed better than others. Here are some thoughts, based on years of experience, on packing your T-shirt to your quilt maker.
I am always tell my husband David, "you have too many T-shirts." He always looks at me and says, “No, I don’t.” And then we break into that “Yes, you do. No I don’t” argument. Then I said, “Okay, let's do an experiment.”
Some people look at our quilt prices and say, “Are you kidding me? That’s way too expensive.” Yes, our quilts are expensive. And yes, they are out of the price range of many people. But our quilts are not expensive because we want to charge a lot. They are expensive because they are complex, time consuming to make and use very high quality materials.
Can you use karate belts in a T-shirt quilt? Yes! Karate is a sport filled with advancements. The more you practice and grow, the further up the karate ladder you move. With each move comes a new belt that replaces your old belt – a very visual advancement system.
Have you considered having a memorial quilt or pillow made from the clothing of someone who had passed? With a memorial-clothing quilt, you can wrap up in their clothing and memory. If you are planning to have a quilt or two made from your deceased loved ones clothing, here are the steps of that planning process.
We regularly use collars and necklines in our quilts. It’s one part of our quilts people positively react. We hear comments like, “Oh, it really is made from T-shirts” or “Wow, that is so much fun.” We like to add collars and necklines into our quilts because they add a special touch to the quilt.
There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. Each style can result in a different look and feel. And each style also comes with its own issues. Here is a look at the types of T-shirt quilts. You can click on each style or read from top to bottom.
There are a number of things you need to know about backing materials used for a T-shirt quilt. We have broken this article into four sections. Below, you can jump to any section. Or you can read from top to bottom.
We love making T-shirt quilts from concert T-shirts. What distinguishes a concert T-shirts quilts from other T-shirt quilts? It is the designs on the T-shirts, the colors of the T-shirts and the value of the quilt.
Clothing is part of who we are. You might not think about it every morning as you get dressed. Stand back and take a broader look at what you and those around you wear. Some clothes invoke strong associated memories. Other clothes are made from beautiful fabrics that are a joy to wear and touch.
Which T-shirts should you include in your quilt? This is important! Once a T-shirt is in your quilt, it’s not coming out!
Quilts made from baby clothes are some of the cutest quilts we make. When a box of baby clothes come into the shop, we all ooh and aw over the clothes. Some of us are particular to girl clothes and other prefer the boy clothing. Whatever the gender, we delight in making these quilts.
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On the Internet, there are thousands of photographs of T-shirt quilts. You’ve probably seen them yourself. Anyone can make a T-shirt quilt, but very few can make an extraordinary T-shirt quilt. Your T-shirts are important! So when you are looking to have a T-shirt quilt made, don’t trust your T-shirt to just anyone who says they can make a T-shirt quilt. Look at lots of pictures and pick out the little details that set an awesome T-shirt quilt apart from an ordinary or awful quilt.
The Stained Glass T-shirt Quilt! I am so excited to announce the creation of the Too Cool style stained glass T-shirt quilt. I think this is the coolest quilt I have made in years! The thin black fabric between blocks, mimics the “lead came” seen in stained glass. I love how it sets off the colorful blocks. From here on, we will call Lead Came simply “Leading.” The photos just don’t do the quilt justice. And there are additional photos below.
Periodically we are asked, “Can you add T-shirts to my quilt after it’s finished?” Our answer generally is, “It’s not a good idea.”
How long will your T-shirt quilt last? Forever, I hope. Okay, I know nothing lasts forever. So then, I hope your quilt lasts a number of generations. How long a T-shirt quilt lasts depends on a number of factors.
Each year we make a number of quilts using the Too Cool method that end up different. In most of them, you can see our underlying methodology. But the end result is different than a normal Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. We are sharing those quilts from 2018 that are different here.
Parents 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 not always added borders to our T-shirt quilts. As a matter of fact, we only stared offering borders 6 years ago.
If you are on a tight budget yet still want a T-shirt quilt, you have options. There will be tradeoffs, but if you know what those tradeoffs are going in, you will know where to set your expectations.
Each year we make 30 to 40 baby clothes quilts. Baby clothes quilts come in two varieties – simple and complex. A complex baby clothes quilt is exactly what the name says; it’s complex. We use all of the adorable parts of your baby’s clothes. We’ve used complete onesies, footie pajamas, bibs, hats, dresses, overalls, shoes and much more! The result is a quilt that reflects the personality of each clothing item.
Everyone graduating from high school should have a quilt made from their T-shirts. Most high school graduates would agree with us. They also think they should have a quilt made from their T-shirts!
We sort through over 1000 photographs to bring to you the 10 best quilts we made in 2018. This is not an easy process. We love all the quilts we make!
A border can be added to a T-shirt quilt to either increase the size of the quilt and/or for aesthetic reasons.
Runners have many problems: Stinky Shoes Shin Splints Ear Buds Falling Out Heat Waves and Cold Spells Runner’s Runs Blisters And Too Many T-shirts! Why do you have too many T-shirts? Because you love to race. Racing lets you challenge yourself. You can race for the gold. You can race as a training goal. Some runners race for the T-shirts!
A customer had contacted me because she was concerned that all her T-shirts were black. She felt that without adding colorful blocks or colorful sashing around each block that her quilt would be dark and not appealing. I assured her that a quilt made from all black T-shirts is awesome and much more colorful than she might expect.
What is micro-tech/tech fabric/performance apparel fabric/wicking fabric? So many names for one type of fabric! In this article I refer to all these as tech fabric.
A T-shirt quilt tells a story. Sometimes that story takes more than just T-shirts to tell. The great thing about T-shirt quilts – they can encompass more than just their namesakes. You can use any washable fabric in your quilt. This includes socks.
Are you are looking to have a quilt made from your T-shirts? If you know what to look for in a T-shirt quilt, finding the right quilt maker will be easier. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes you will find in a T-shirt quilt. Some of these errors you can see in a photograph. Others you can see in person. The last two you will need to ask about.
Are you in the process of learning about a T-shirt quilt made from your shirts? If so, here are some terms that will be used in your discussion about your quilt. Knowing these will let you understand and follow the conversation. If the term you want to know about is not listed below, here's a link to our glossary.
If you have spent any time watching tiny house videos on YouTube, you will understand the Tiny House Movement. If not, the tiny house movement is about downsizing. It’s about limiting your impact on the environment. It’s also about finding affordable housing. Plus, so many other things.
For any number of reasons, it may not be the right time for you to have a T-shirt quilt made. You might not have enough money saved for a quilt or you still have more T-shirts to collect. What ever the reason might be, you have an issue: How to store your T-shirts until the time is right.
Every company or person who makes T-shirt quilts, does it in her own unique way. Each maker’s process can differ from another maker’s process. If you are not careful, you might run into some confusion while you are having your quilt made.
We can use just about anything! If you want something in a quilt, send it with your T-shirts and we will see if we can use it. If not, we will return the item with your quilt.
There are a 1000's and 1000's of T-shirt quilt makers. How do you find one that will make you an awesome quilt from your T-shirts? Begin by looking at a lot of photographs of T-shirt quilts. Compare the different quilts by looking at a few key details in the design of the quilt, the construction of the quilt top, the quilting and how the quilt is bound.
Are looking at photos of T-shirt quilts on the Internet trying to figure out which company to send your T-shirts to? How can you tell from a photograph which quilts are awesome? How can you tell which ones to stay away from?
Too Cool T-shirt Quilts does make pillows from T-shirts. But not just any old T-shirt pillows – we are making pillows that are too cool.
Are you in search of a T-shirt quilt maker? If so, you have seen a lot of people and companies making quilts or blankets. It might even seem overwhelming at times with all the choices you have. Don't just guess on a quilt maker. Take a more purposeful approach to find someone who is a good fit for you.
I love being out and about showing people my T-shirt quilts. I almostI always end up talking to people who don’t have any T-shirts. What? No T-shirts? Is that you? Ok, so you have no T-shirts but you love the idea of a T-shirt quilt. No problem!!! You are at the perfect starting point for planning an awesome quilt. Here’s how to plan a T-shirt quilt from scratch - from T-shirt zero.
Your concert T-shirts are important. They represent the bands you love and the concerts you have enjoyed. And those T-shirts took time and money to collect. So, the quilt you have them made into should rock! If you are reading this, chances are good that you have concert T-shirts you are considering to have made into a T-shirt quilt.
We are frequently asked to put fronts and backs of a T-shirt together in a quilt. Not for just one T-shirt, but for every single one.
Photographing a T-shirt quilt, or any quilt, is difficult. It’s an odd shape to photograph. It’s large. It’s flat. It’s one-dimensional. It has texture. It’s floppy. Just figuring out where to photograph a T-shirt quilt can be difficult.
Have you noticed T-shirt quilts with blank blocks? Have you wondered why some T-shirt quilts have blank blocks? In this article I will explain:
You want to plan your T-shirt quilt so it turns out awesome. That’s our aim too! As you are planning your quilt, you might figure out that you are short on T-shirts. For example, a deceased loved one’s T-shirt have to be split up among many people. The result is not enough T-shirts to make a quilt useable on a bed. But that’s not a problem!
Every T-shirt quilt tells a story. An athlete who participated in team sports has a unique element to their story. You know, all those numbers on their jerseys! How many numbers should you include in the quilt?
Are you getting ready to have a quilt made from your T-shirts? If so, you know there are a lot of choices you will need to make about your quilt. And the quilting style? It’s an important one. It will influence the look and life of your quilt.
I understand why free is so attractive. Getting something for free makes you fell like a winner. But deep down inside, we all know that nothing is really free. There is always a trade off – whether you are aware of it or not.
When someone you love dies, your world gets turned upside-down and inside-out. Then you have to pick up the pieces of your life and go on.
This question came to us when we were remaking a Campus Quilt T-shirt quilt. Our customer’s Mom had had the quilt made there. The customer wanted something better. Read her story here.
Your college days are behind you. Yet you still have a huge pile of T-shirts from your sorority life. They are too dear and near to part with. But, you don’t wear them anymore. After all, a sorority T-shirt looks funny under a business suit!
Once your T-shirts are in a quilt, you can’t change your mind. You can’t go back and have a different style quilt made. So, how do you ensure that you have the best T-shirt quilt made for your wants and needs?
Are you are planning a T-shirt quilt? You have 8 initial decisions to make about a T-shirt quilt. You need to know what you want! You should make these decisions before you find a quilt maker. Knowing what you want from your quilt will help you find a quilt maker that’s right for you.
Here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts, we aren't perfect. Some people might not admit to being less than perfect, but not us. We know that we are not perfect. We check and double-check everything so we can make you a “perfect” quilt. But alas, we are only human.
Hockey – you either love it, hate it or just don’t care. If you have found this article, you are in the "love it" camp. And you, or someone you love, probably played hockey.
Do you want an awesome T-shirt quilt? Ah, duh yeah! We want to make that awesome quilt for you! Between your wishes and the final quilt there has to be communication.
YES! It is important. Although you don’t see the batting in a quilt, it is very important. The type of the batting used influences the look, feel and longevity of your T-shirt quilt.
Campus Quilts has been a player in the T-shirt quilt market for years. You see their ads in the back of many magazines. So how do they stack up against Too Cool T-shirt Quilts? We have broken-down a T-shirt quilt purchase into 8 base components. This article will look at how both companies handle each component. Each of these will affect the look, feel and life of your T-shirt quilt.
Are you planning on giving your child a T-shirt quilt for high school graduation? First, you go through the process of planning your child’s T-shirt quilt. Then, collecting the T-shirts. Next, deciding who should make the quilt. Then having the quilt made. Then the joy of giving it to your child. And finally hanging the quilt at the open house. Baby, those are the easy parts of this!
Are you searching for a custom T-shirt quilt? Are you looking for a quilt that is uniquely yours? What customization are you seeking?
And why such a large price range? On the Internet, you can find T-shirt quilts ranging in price from $50 to over $1,000. That is a huge price range for what you might think is the same thing. But T-shirt quilts aren’t all the same. And most of the time, they aren’t even close to being the same.
Are you considering having a quilt made from your T-shirts? Cool. So, what do you need to do to begin? This article will distill what you need to do into three steps: Decide what type and style of quilt you want. Find a great quilt maker. Prepare your T-shirts for a quilt.
Here is a great gift idea for that T-shirt junkie in your life – a T-shirt of the Month Club! Each month the recipient received a new T-shirt. Some clubs send a particular shirt to its members and other clubs let you choose your T-shirt. It may be a little safer to choose your own T-shirt, but more interesting just to have one sent to you.
What is a T-shirt Pillow? Definition: A pillow made from T-shirts, sweatshirts and other clothing items. On the Internet, you can see many different quality levels of T-shirt pillows. These range from a T-shirt just slipped over a pillow form to a fully quilted, multi block pillow.
If you are looking for a way to make your T-shirt quilt standout, you might consider adding piping. Piping is an embellishment that is sewn into a seam to bring emphasis to or separate two elements of a quilt.
The quilting designs on the back of a Too Cool T-shirt quilt are not only fun, they are one of the things that set a Too Cool T-shirt quilt apart from other T-shirt quilts. Below is an explanation of the features of our quilting and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Here's a video showing long arm quilting of a T-shirt quilt.
Most Americans will admit that we all have too much stuff! We will also admit that it is hard to let go of this same stuff. One of these things we have too many of is T-shirts. So, how many do you need to have to wear?
Here are some of our favorite T-shirt quilt from 2016 and why we like them. They are in no particular order.
There are 1000's of color combination you could choose for your T-shirt Quilt. How do you pick the best one for your quilt? Here's a place to start.
Like motorcycles, there are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. And like bikes, some are plain and boring while others are awesome.
One of the coolest products we make here at Too cool is a baby cloths pillow. We take your child's bibs, onesies, hats and other baby paraphernalia and turn them into a pillow.
Why do firefighters have so many T-shirts? Rick Gorski, a volunteer firefighter from Cleveland Ohio area puts it this way: The biggest reason is because of the large amount of "traded" T-shirts. Firemen are famous for collecting T-shirts from other departments. Most T-shirts warn by firemen are not from the city that they protect.
Making a T-shirt quilt sounds so easy. You simply cut your T-shirts and sew them together. What's so difficult about that? You just need a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. If you want to make your own quilt, read on! But the reality is, it takes more tools than a pair of scissor and a sewing machine! Here are some of the tools that we use to create our T-shirt quilts.
Too Cool T-shirt Quilts does make pillows from T-shirts. But not just any old T-shirt pillows – we are making pillows that are too cool. When we began to consider making pillows, we first experimented with turning T-shirts and clothing into pillows. We began, we approached the problem with a number of criteria that we need to meet. These included:
When you first consider having a T-shirt quilt made, you might be tempted to choose a quilt maker based on price alone. But that’s not the best approach, because in the T-shirt quilt making world, there are so many different factors that can influence the cost of a quilt.
Although the definition of a photo quilt states that the photos should be the focal point, photographs can be used in T-shirt quilts in a supporting role. We have been using photo in our T-shirt quilts for years. We can make a true photo quilt or use photos as part of a broader story told in T-shirts.
Question: What’s the best interfacing to use in a T-shirt quilt? Answer: No interfacing! In 1992, I made my first T-shirt quilt. At that time the Internet was not what it is today. I wasn’t able to Google: “How to make a T-shirt quilt.” As a result, I just had to make it up as I went along. There were a lot of things I didn’t know about making T-shirt quilts. Such as:
“What can possibly go wrong?” Ah, that infamous question that gets so many of us in trouble. I would rather ask, “What is the worst that could happen?” This way I can be prepared for the worst thing that could happen if I did XYZ. If I can live with the worst, then I go for it. So, what are the worst things that could happen when you have a quilt made from your T-shirts? Here are 8 bad things that could happen. Included in each description are things you can do to help prevent these things happening to your quilt! You can click on any of the 8 links below to be taken to that bad thing or read them in order.
We are frequently asked what the difference is between a binding and a border on a T-shirt quilt. If you are unfamiliar with quilts and quilting terms, this might be a question you have asked.
Since 1992, I have talked to a lot of people about T-shirt quilts. At different events at which I display my quilts, a lot of people have said that they had purchased their quilt from Campus Quilts or Project Repat and were delighted with the quilts or blanket that they had received. Many even said that they looked just like my quilts. I was always surprised to hear this because from what I see on their websites, their quilts are very different from a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt.
Despite the word T-shirt being in our name, we make quilts from all types of clothing and textiles. Each type is unique and fun. We have compiled a number of different types of quilts we can make here. If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know! We would love any challenge.
A well-made T-shirt quilt, made with high quality materials will cost more than you may have imagined. You might even be having sticker shock. “What are they trying to do, rip me off?” No, not at all. That’s just how much a well-made T-shirt quilt, made with high quality materials costs. So how can you save money on your T-shirt quilt? Here are 3 things to look for to help you find a quilt maker that can make you a quilt or blanket for less.
When you are planning a T-shirt quilt, first learn as much as you can about T-shirt quilts – there is a lot to know. Next find a quilt maker. When you think that you have found someone, take time to either interview her and/or get the answers to these questions from her website. If you know ahead of time what you can expect, you won't end up with a T-shirt quilt that will break your heart.
How many T-shirt you will need for a quilt will depend on the style of quilt you have made. Below is how to figure out "how many" for a number of different style of T-shirt quilts. Click on the quilt style you are interested in reading about. Click here to learn more about different styles of T-shirt quilts.
If you have a scout, be it Girl Scout, Boy Scout or any other type of scout, you will probably have accumulated all sorts of scouting related items that are just a little too important to donate or pass onto another scout.
Do you have T-shirts you want made into a T-shirt quilt? Are you looking for a quilt that is more than a few steps above ho-hum? Below are five factors that go into making a T-shirt quilt that is so much better than ho-hum.
There are so many quilters making T-shirt Quilts, how do you find the right one to transform your T-shirts into an incredible quilt? One measure is how well the quilt is designed and laid out. If you are not an artist, you might not know the difference between a well-designed T-shirt quilt and one that is not so well designed. Here are three design elements to look for when judging the design of a T-shirt quilt:
1. What style of T-shirt quilt do you want made? There are 5 basic types of T-shirt quilts. Know which style you want before you find your quilter.
Think about using a T-shirt Quilt as part of your plans. Here are two great ways and one poor way to use a T-shirt quilt to help your organization to raise money.
Since I began making T-shirts quilts in 1992, I have found that most people have more than enough T-shirts to make a quilt the size they want. But there are situations when you might need more T-shirts than you have.
Caution! Do you spend a lot of time on Pinterest? I know I do. Every day I see tons of cool “Do it Yourself” or DIY ideas. I always think “Oh! I could make that, it looks easy!”. Yet my stuff never seems to come out as good as the pictures, most of the time it goes straight in the trash.
This was written and shared with you by Space Rogue about his Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. It is hard to work in Infosec [Information Security] for very long and not amass a huge number of T-shirts. Vendors give them away like candy thinking that somehow a free T-shirt is going to make you spend thousands of dollars on their blinky light solution versus their competitor’s blinky light solution.
I think you will agree with me: If you are starting the process to find someone to make your T-shirt quilt, start by asking yourself the followning 6 questions. These questions will help you focus your search and can make eliminating quilters that don’t meet your requirements will be much easier. I have also provided you the information to help you answer questions.
A monochromatic T-shirt quilt, as the name implies, are made from one color of T-shirts augmented with white, gray and/or black T-shirts. Your T-shirts might be like this. Typically these types of quilts are made from high school or college T-shirts or a quilt from a single sports team.
What is a baby clothes quilt? A baby clothes quilt is made from the clothing of a baby generally from his or her first year of life.
There are many reasons to have a graduation open house for your son or daughter. I think the most important reason is to celebrate the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. It’s a big transition for both the parents and the child.
If you are looking for a special way to celebrate and remember someone you have lost, a quilt made from his or her T-shirts and/or clothing may be just the thing.
I Hate White Fabric Not because of how it looks, but because of dirt! White fabric should not be used for backing and bindings on a T-shirt quilt. I have used white fabric once on a T-shirt quilt and have vowed never to use it again. I don't have any photographs of T-shirts with white backing and binding because I don't use it! Below are a number of complications of using white fabric on a T-shirt quilt.
Right now may not be the right time for you to have a T-shirt quilt made. You might not have enough money saved for a quilt or you still have more T-shirts to collect. What ever the reason might be, you have an issue: How to store your T-shirts until the time is right.
Your T-shirts in a T-shirt quilt tell a story. It may be the story of your life or of your trip to Europe. It's important to take a little time to sort through your T-shirts before you have a quilt made. Your T-shirts all need to be part of the same story. One wrong T-shirt in your quilt might be a heart breaker if it doesn't belong.
When we are out and about showing our T-shirt quilts at various events, we often hear, "my mom or my aunt or my sister or my neighbor etc. can make a T-shirt quilt for me." Sure they can, and it may not cost you anything. But what will you be getting? That’s the question.
T-shirt quilts come in many different styles and levels of quality. Do you know what style of quilt you want? What about the quality of your quilt? Before you have a T-shirt quilt made with your T-shirts, here are some tips that can help you weed out quilters who may not be offering you exactly what you want. 1. There are 5 typical styles of T-shirt quilts. Do you know what style you are looking for? This is the first questions you need to ask yourself. "What style quilt do I want?" If you don't know what the different types of T-shirts quilts are or look like, you can read more about quilt styles here. 2. You can use more than just T-shirts in a T-shirt quilt. You can use just about any machine washable fabric in a quilt. We have used sweatshirts, jerseys, jeans, bags, dance outfits, stuffed animals, gymnastic Leo's, jackets, socks, baby shoes, swim suits, and much, much more. If you think that something helps tell the story you are telling with your quilt, use it! Here is more about what can be used in a T-shirt quilt.
Do you want an ugly T-shirt quilt? No? Then avoid these five practices that can make a T-shirt quilt ugly. 1. Cropped Off Logos or Graphics A T-shirt quilt, first and foremost, is about T-shirts. If part of a T-shirt’s design is cropped off just so it can fit within the set block size, that block will look incomplete and is incomplete. More over it looks thoughtless. Here is an example of a image being cropped off. On the left is the T-shirt before it was cut. The photo on the right is that same T-shirt in a quilt. They totally cut off the word Motorcycle! Cut it off! If this were a favorite T-shirt, your heart would be broken. Below on the right is how this T-shirt should be used in a quilt. You see the entire image without anything being cropped off.
There are a lot of myths about what a T-shirt quilt is, is not, should or should not be. Here are 6 True or False questions about T-shirt quilts - how many can you answer correctly? The more you get right, the more you know about T-shirt quilts. And the more you know, the better choices you will be able to make in choosing the right T-shirt quilt maker for your T-shirts. If you choose the wrong answer, click on the link to read more about that topic. True or False: Only T-shirts can be used in a T-shirt Quilt. False! T-shirt quilts have evolved beyond just T-shirts. You can include just about any machine washable fabric in your quilt. This includes sweatshirts, nylon jackets, bags, baseball caps, and so many other things. You can even included stuffed animals in your quilts. Read more about what can be used in a T-shirt quilt here.
A Quick Explanation of Quilting T-shirt Quilts Long-arm machine quilting the way most quilt makers finish the T-shirt quilts they make. There are a two basic style a quilter can choose from. These are: An over-all quilting pattern over the entire quilt. This is done with either with a computerized machine that runs by itself or by a quilter tracing a repetitive design by hand. A unique pattern for each block. This can be drawn by an artist standing at the front of a quilting machine - see the photo on the right. Or this can be quilted by a computerized long-arm quilting machine - the quilter just presses the go button.
The best T-shirt quilts will have the following in common: Blocks Cut to Fit the Design on the T-shirt This is the first thing to look for when looking at styles of T-shirt quilts. If all the blocks are the same size, the blocks are not cut to fit the designs on the T-shirts. In a random stack of T-shirts there could be over 10 different size designs. This is not a one size fits all. If the blocks are all cut from the same size block, your T-shirts with big designs will have the designs cut off – you don’t want that! Your t-shirts that have small designs that are forced to fit on the larger block will have a lot of extra T-shirt material around the design. This is a waste of space on the face of your quilt. Look for a T-shirt quilt style with many different block sizes. Poor Goofy, he was too big for the block size. Read more about the different styles of quilts here.
Choosing which T-shirts to put into your T-shirt quilt will impact what your quilt will look like. So it's important to think about which shirts you choose for a number of reasons: Once a T-shirt is in your quilt, it’s not coming out! Some T-shirts might not belong with the rest of the T-shirts. If you are making a quilt for someone else, there may be a T-shirt in the group of T-shirts she may hate. Here are a number of items to think about when choosing T-shirts for your T-shirts:
Forever, I hope. I know nothing lasts forever. So then, I hope your quilt lasts a number of generations. How long your T-shirt quilt will last will depend on a number of factors.
Here are some of our favorite T-shirt quilt from 2016 and why we like them. They are in no particular order. Breast Cancer This quilt started out as an all white T-shirt quilt. However because the quilt was smaller than the customer wanted she decided to add a border. The Ombre effect of border was inspired from all the different pink graphics in the T-shirts we used. In French, Ombre means shaded. It is the gradual blending of one color in tints and shades from light to dark. We love the border on this quilt. Although the customer did not have any pink T-shirts, we were able to provide the fabric for the cool border from our huge stash of colored T-shirt material. Size: 68" x 84" Border: 4" pieced
If you are looking to have a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts, you have one chance to have your quilt made right. But if you are not a quilt expert, you might not know what to look for when you see a T-shirt quilt. So don’t take someone’s word that they make high quality T-shirt quilts; look at their work with a critical eye. Here are 10 items to check out when you look at a T-shirt quilt. 1. Seam Construction Look for seams that are coming apart. This is a sign that the quilt is either not starting or stopping correctly or that their sewing machine stitch is not correct. Either reason, this is a flag to which you should pay attention.
Bike jerseys can be expensive. And because they are expensive, it's difficult to know what to do with them when you no longer wear them. They cost too much just to give away or donate. Many also have memories of rides associated with them. As a result, if you are anything like me, you have more jerseys than you need. You can pull these out of the closet, but then what? What do you do with that stack of expensive bike jerseys? Here are some of the obvious answers… Throw them away Sell them at a garage sale, on Ebay or at a swap meet Give them to beginning cyclists Put them in a box in the basement or attic for another day Or.... Have a Quilt Made From Your Jerseys!
There are so many different ways to make T-shirt quilts. There are different ways to cut the blocks, different ways to layout the quilt top, different batting choices, different quilting styles, and different binding styles. How do you figure out which style is for you?
One of my favorite T-shirt of the day websites is shirt.woot.com – AKA Woot Shirts. Everyday I get an e-mail from the company showing me the new T-shirt of the day. If I like it, I click over to their website and purchase it. Some days the T-shirt is for myself and other days its for friends, family or even my employees. For over 3 years my daughter Milie and I have been getting Woot T-shirts and wearing them for a while and then we retire them for a quilt. This summer we finally had enough T-shirts to make a Woot quilt. And now that it’s finished, we are fighting over who gets it. So right now it’s hanging in the Charlotte Michigan shop so everyone can enjoy it.
So what do you do if you have more T-shirts than you need for a king size quilt? The main frustration with a puzzle style T-shirt quilt that is puzzled together with blocks of different sizes is that you never know what size quilt any one group of T-shirts will make until they are cut. This is because the blocks are cut to fit the image on the T-shirts and not a set size. It makes for a much more interesting quilt, but a little more guesswork on the preparation.
Can a T-shirt be removed from a completed T-shirt quilt? The Short Answer: No. It would ruin the quilt.
This is a Goldilocks story about finding the quilt that is the perfect size for you. A quilt that is not too big nor too small: a quilt that is just the right size! So how do you go about figuring this out? Read on, we will walk your through a number of different options to use.
When we make a pillow from just a single T-shirt, we make that T-shirt the star of the pillow. That shirt is centered and all the surrounding colors are chosen to support the colors of and in that shirt. If you just have one special T-shirt that you want to save, consider having it transformed into a T-shirt pillow. There are many situations in which a T-shirt pillow made out of one T-shirt would be beneficial. Some of those situations are unique and some are more common than you might think. There are two typical situations where we would recommend this type of pillow: celebrating one T-shirt vs. one odd T-shirt out.
A million years ago when I was a kid, nurses wore white uniforms and starched white hats. You could pick out a nurse from miles around. Now days, it seems that everyone but the doctors wear scrubs. And not just the green one you see in surgery, but ones made from printed fabric with all sorts of prints. There are scrubs especially for the holidays, for your favorite team and those that are attractive to kids.
For the uninitiated, a T-shirt quilt is just a T-shirt quilt. You might think that anyone with a sewing machine can successfully make a T-shirt quilt. But that’s just not true. There are a lot of ways I have seen T-shirt quilts screwed up. Based on having made 1000’s of quilts and having remade so many others, our advice is to have your quilt made right the first time. Here are some mistakes to avoid.
Since 1992, I have made over 35 Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilts. They are fun to make. When I sat down to write this article about planning a Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilt, I thought about how many different Hard Rock Café there are. According to Wikipedia, “As of December 2015, there were 191 Hard Rock locations in 59 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels, and 11 casinos.” Then I pause to think about how many I have visited. Uh, just one. Although I think this says more about my rural existence rather than restaurants themselves. The customers who I have made the quilts for had visited more Hark Rock Cafés than I could even imagine. And a lot of these customers have Hard Rock Café T-shirts from around the world. When we make their quilts, it’s like a world travelogue. Prague, Paris, Budapest, Rome, Moscow, London and Detroit.
Remember back to middle school when you told your 6th grade science teacher that your dog ate your homework but in reality you forgot it at home? No, maybe that was just me. But dogs really do eat things other than middle school homework; sometimes they take chunks out of beautiful T-shirt quilts! You wouldn't believe some of the calls we've gotten about dogs and repairing quilts.
A typical football player gets two jerseys each season: a white one for home games and a colored or black one for away games. After a career of playing football, the jerseys can seem to take on a life of their own jumping out of drawers and tumbling out of closets. Rather than just let them pile up or give them away, give your jerseys new life in a quilt!
In the years since I began making T-shirt quilts in 1992, I have made numerous quilts from all white T-shirts. Despite being all white, they end up much more colorful than you might ever imagine. Below is what I know about all white T-shirts and white T-shirt Quilts. White Clothes = $ White started out as a status symbol. It has to do with wealth, economics of washing clothing. White could never kept clean; therefore it wasn’t practical for everyday wear because it showed every speck of dirt. When you wore white it showed that you could afford to only wear the outfit once. That was a powerful status symbol.
These quilts were memorial quilts that were made for the three adult children of a man who had passed away. Right away you can see that this man loved cars and went to a lot of car shows! His wife separated the T-shirts into three groupings based a little on color, which T-shirts her children liked and which shows the each had attended with their father. We then worked with the family to make three very unique quilts based on each adult child for whom they were made.
There are a lot of misconceptions about T-shirt quilts – from how they look to how they are made. Below is a look at 10 big misconceptions. We will break each down for you and debunk them one at a time. When available, we also have included links to more information about each misconception.
These Harley Davidson T-shirt quilts were made for a guy named Ed. He told us that he had even more Harley T-shirts than we were actually going to use in his quilts. These were just his favorites. If you are an avid Harley rider then you probably understand this guy’s love of Harley-Davidson T-shirts. Ed told us that he and his wife would take vacations on his Harley all over the country. Some of stops they made were made at various Harley-Davidson dealers along the way. And if they found an awesome T-shirt at the shop, they left with it. So these quilts in many ways are travel quilts! Ed had way too many favorites for just one quilt, so he and I started by dividing the T-shirts up into three groupings.
Making a T-shirt quilt may sound easy. You cut the T-shirts and sew them together. So you just need a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. But the reality is that it takes more tools than that! Here are some of the tools that we use to create our awesome quilts. Scissors Quilters typically use two sizes of scissors. A small pair is used to cut and trim threads and other small items. A large pair of “dressmaker” scissors is used for applications that require a large cutting surface such as cutting through a number of layers of fabric.
It has recently come to our attention that someone has been calling our puzzle style T-shirt quilt “Chaos T-shirt Quilt”. This really rankles our feathers here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Why does this bother us so much? Because it is untrue! There is absolutely nothing ‘chaotic’ about the layout of a Too Cool T-shirt quilt; it is all math and precision. Laying out a puzzle style T-shirt quilt takes more math skills and creativity than any traditional style T-shirt quilt.
I have heard some awful horror stories about people’s experiences with other T-shirt quilt makers. Here are a few of those stories and how to avoid them.
My first quilt sucked. There, I said it. I’m not going to deny it; the first T-shirt quilt I made was awful. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I think you can learn a few things from my first quilt. Since 1992, I have made thousands of T-shirt quilts. Instead of cringing at my first attempt, I am going to share with you what I learned. Lesson 1 - Don’t give your T-shirts to an amateur who's never made a T-shirt quilt before. I was lucky that my sister didn’t know anything about quilt making. And even more fortunate, she felt free to give me a boatload of feedback upon the completion of her quilt.
One of the first things you need to do when planning a T-Shirt quilt is decide what size quilt you want made. You may know right off what size quilt you want. But what if you don’t, here are some ideas that might help you decide what size quilt to have made. How are you planning to use your quilt? Think about how you plan to use your quilt. Is the quilt going to be used primarily on your bed, or is it going to be used as a couch throw?
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What's the etiquette of asking a friend to make a T-shirt quilt? So your friend shows up with a T-shirt Quilt she made and happily shows it off. You have a box of T-shirts at home that you, too, would like made into a T-shirt quilt. Should you ask your friend to make your quilt? Before you ask your friend to make your quilt, ask yourself these questions: Do you care what style T-shirt quilt you have made? Do you know that there are a number of styles of T-shirt quilts? Click here learn more about the different style of T-shirt quilts. Once you understand what choices you have, then you need to be sure that your friend knows how to make a quilt in this style and knows how to do it well. If your friend has never made a quilt in the style you are looking to have made, you may consider choosing a different quilter.
The Basics of a T-shirt Quilt 1. Will you send my T-shirt back with the quilt? No. We will use them to make your quilt!
When it comes to purchasing a T-shirt quilt, a lot of considerations come to mind: style, quality, what shirts to put in, and of course how much it's all going to cost. Having a T-shirt quilt made can be very costly. It generally comes down to the materials, time, and the process in which it's made. Here are a some areas where money can be saved in the process of having your quilt made.
There are a number of qualities that make a T-shirt quilt awesome. Some, you can describe. Some result from getting all the little things right. And there are other qualities that come from great technique and design coupled with the perfect combination of T-shirts.
"I Don’t Want an All Black T-shirt Quilt" Normally if all the T-shirts going into a quilt are black, we would make an all black quilt. These quilts look great because you stop seeing the background and only see the text and graphics of the T-shirts. It’s comparable to reading text on a white piece of paper. The background, in this case the white of the paper, visually goes away and you only see and read the text.
If you have ever Googled “What to do with race bib numbers”, I am sure you have seen all sorts of fun, stupid and silly uses of them. From wrapping gifts to papering your walls, the ideas are out there.
Here are some of our favorite T-shirt quilt from 2015 and why we like them. They are in no particular order.
This story was update January 2015. Yes you can, and should! Ripps and other lived-in imperfections that are in our clothing are part of your story. Here's my story about rips. I married a bicyclist. My husband David is a bicycler and loves all things bicycling. He races, he tours and he collects bikes. It took some learning to become a bicyclist myself. I have grown to like biking, as long as I don’t have to steer. As long as I am on the back of a tandem, I can deal with it. I am not always happy while biking, but I do enjoy the athletic high I get after I get off the bike. What I don’t like is crashing. Crashed scares me. They say that there are two types of bikers – those who have crashed and those who will crash. Not very good odds!
People have been making quilts from old and/or excess clothing for hundreds of years. Since the arrival of the T-shirt after WWII, it too has found it’s way into quilts. T-shirt quilts evolved into what they are today from the advancements of generations of past quilters.
This article was originally published October 14, 2014 and has been updated. What’s a T-shirt Quilt? It’s a quilt that is made using T-shirts. 25 years ago, very few people had ever heard about nor imagined a T-shirt quilt. Today, most people have an inkling of what one is. But that notion of a T-shirt quilt may be limited to a traditional style of T-shirt Quilt most people have seen.
There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts. Some styles are very traditional while others are much more modern. The big question to ask about any solution is if it solves all of the challenges that are inherent to T-shirt quilts.
If you are in the military or have been in the military, you have T-shirts! And uniforms, flight suits, caps, sweatshirts, coats and just about every other type of clothing items that relates to your military service. And you probably have more of them than you need. So...you need to have a T-shirt quilt made! Here are some ideas about types of quilts you could have made with your military gear and when you might have them made.
Did you know that not all T-shirt quilt companies make their own T-shirt quilts? Some companies will send the entire project or part of the project to someone else to make! Why does this happen? This goes back to why someone enters the T-shirt quilt business. Some people enter the business because they made one quilt and someone sees it and asks if they will make them one. Most of the time, these are quilters or sewers who have quilting experience and know and can do all the steps of the quilting process.
Are you considering making your own T-shirt quilt? With the right directions, skills, time, experience and tool, you probably can make your own quilt. But before you begin, you need to know if you have what it takes to complete the project.
Here’s your situation: you want your quilt larger than your T-shirts will make. For example, you want a queen size quilt for your bed, but only have enough to make a quilt that is between a twin and a full size. What are your options? Accept the quilt at the size that your T-shirts will make. If you don’t like the look of blank blocks or a border and do not have more T-shirts that you could add, you can just have us make your quilt the size the T-shirts allow. Remember, we can make your quilt in between standard sizes.
Life is complex and at times messy. But sharing a T-shirt between two quilts does not have to be complex or messy. Many people have had more than one quilt made and needed to split T-shirts or clothing items between two or more quilts. Below are the best strategies based on our experience with other groups of quilts.
This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked about T-shirt quilts. Since it’s called a T-shirt quilt, many people think that you can only use T-shirts in such a quilt. A T-shirt quilt is much more than just T-shirts. A T-shirt quilt can be made with any washable fabric. Here are some of the items you may consider putting in your quilt. Jersey Material Jersey material is a type of fabric that is used to make football and other types of jerseys. Jersey material is typically nylon and it is full of holes. All the little holes help to make the material lighter weight and help keep the athlete cool. It’s all these little holes that concern people when they think about using it in a T-shirt quilt. If this fabric is backed by another piece of material there are no issue. An inexperienced T-shirt quilt maker may not know to back the Jersey material. That becomes a problem because the batting can be seen through the holes and it will eventually work its way out of the holes. If you have a skilled T-shirt quilt maker, using Jersey material in your quilt is not an issue.
When you send your T-shirts to Too Cool T-shirt Quilts to have a quilt made, here is what happens to your T-shirts when they arrive at our door: 1. Your T-shirts arrive at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. You can ship your T-shirts to us via UPS, Fed Ex, theUS Post Office or any other carrier of your choosing. If you are in or driving through the area, you are more than welcome to drop them off personally.
Do you have too many T-shirts? Are you looking to have them made into a quilt or a blanket? Did you know that a quilt and a blanket are not the same thing?
There are two predominant styles of T-shirt quilts. One style is the traditional style of quilt. This style iscomprised of uniform sized blocks that are lined up in rows and columns. The other major style of T-shirt quilt is a variable block size style also known as the Too Cool style. In this article, we will explore the pr os and cons of a traditional style T-shirt quilt. To read about the pros and cons of a variable block style quilt click here.
There are two predominant styles of T-shirt quilts: a traditional style quilt and a variable size (or the Too Cool style) T-shirt quilt. To read more about the pros and cons of a traditional style T-shirt quilts click here. A Too Cool style, or variable size block style, T-shirt quilt is comprised of blocks of different sizes and shapes that are puzzled together. There are no rows or columns in these quilts.
If you are in the process of looking for a T-shirt quilt maker, you may be overwhelmed all the options and choices available. Here are 3 steps to finding a T-shirt quilt maker who can make you the quilt you want. But, don’t begin at step 2 – asking around about quilt makers.
If you are tired of the same-old, same-old party, consider a T-shirt party for your next gathering. What’s a T-shirt Party? Rather than having guests bring a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or bridal shower party, each guest will bring a T-shirt in the theme of the party.
Bling According to Wikipedia: Bling (or bling-bling) is a slang term popularized in hip hop culture, referring to flashy, ostentatious, or elaborate jewelry and ornamented accessories that are carried, worn, or installed, such as cell phones or tooth caps. Wikipedia reports that bling came into the popular culture around 1997. It lost its appeal to those on the cutting edges of pop culture when grandmothers and politicians began using it. Bling was added to the Merriam Webster dictionary in 2006.
Are you looking for someone from your area to make your T-shirt quilt? This may not be the right approach to finding a quilt maker. Rather than beginning with searching for a quilt maker, local or not, begin by know what you want your T-shirt quilt to look and feel like.
A 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.
On the Internet memory quilts range in price from $100 to over $1,000. Why such a large price range? There are a number of factors that go into the cost of making a memory quilt. Here are a number of cost factors that go into the pricing of a memorial quilt.
In my second or third year of making T-shirt quilts, I first chose to use a breast pocket from a T-shirt in a quilt. It was a huge hit. Today when we show quilts at various events, a pocket in a display quilt is one of the most commented on items. We have heard all sorts of ideas as to what you could put in a pocket in a quilt on your bed; the remote, a cell phone, a condom, snacks, candy and even your dentures. People also like to see a pocket in a quilt because it affirms that yes, these are actual T-shirts.
Whether beginning cheerleading at age five or fifteen, by the time you retire, you will have acquired a number of T-shirts, jackets, and uniforms. They are too important and have too many memories to just give away. What do you do with them when you are no longer a cheerleader?
Why every T-shirt Aficionado needs a T-shirt Quilt Are you a T-shirt Aficionado? When you search the word “aficionado,” this is the definition that comes up:
Customer Question “We are putting together T-shirts for a quilt. We travel extensively. My husband buys a patch in each country, at each lodge or each place we visit. These are like the patches you sew onto a vest or jacket. Can these be added to a quilt?”
The challenge was this, take six Relay For Life T-shirts and make them into a fun quilt. Six T-shirts? That’s it? Really? I love being handed a challenge because it takes me out of my comfort zone. And this was a challenge. Not only were there just six identical T-shirts, they were all white!
Do you have a pile of Beanie Babies that are just sitting there? My daughter did and being a quilter, I made a quilt with them. This is a very simple quilt for any quilter to make. It’s even a great one to make if you are a novice quilter because it will give you a lot of experience making perfect four corners.
Just about any one can make a T-shirt quilt, but very few can actually do it well. They are your T-shirts and they are important to you. They tell an important story about you. Don’t just choose a T-shirt quilt maker without doing some research.
I have been making high school graduation quilts since 1995. This was well before my daughter even started kindergarten. In the intervening years, including my daughter’s graduation, I have learned a thing or two about having a graduation T-shirt quilt made.
If your child is graduating from high school, they are most likely expecting a quilt made from their high school T-shirts. For American high school students, it has become an expected right-of-passage. They will only be surprised if they don’t receive a quilt!
If you are a bicyclist, chances are that you have more bike jerseys than you can wear. I have about 30 jerseys hanging in my closet waiting for spring. But I know that there are some jerseys that I love that won’t ever get worn again. Some are too small or too large, others are worn-out or ugly. I have white ones that have turned orange around the neckline from sunscreen. Those I don’t want to wear in public again.
I don't know how many T-shirt quilts were made in 2014, but I am sure that were are a lot. Here is a slideshare of 18 of the best T-shirt Quilts from 2014.
Are you getting ready to buy a quilt made with your T-shirts? If so, there is a lot you need to know about T-shirt quilts before you have your precious T-shirts transformed into a quilt. If you don’t have enough information you might not get the quilt you want.
We recently finished these two baby clothes quilts for a brother and sister. The kids are in their mid twenties today and their mom had the quilts made for Christmas gifts for each child. It’s not often that we make a boy and girl quilts at the same time. I thought it would be fun to compare the two quilts and look at what items we used to make them special. Color You can see right off that the boy’s quilt is much more blue than his sister’s quilt. His sister’s quilt is very pink.
When do you have a T-shirt quilt made from an annual event’s T-shirts? This is a tricky question.
Everyday we get questions from people getting their T-shirts ready for a quilt questioning the condition of a T-shirts and if they can still be used in a quilt. Here are a number of questions and our answers. But generally the answer will be “yes, we can use it!”
So you have a crappy T-shirt quilt. You look at it and are just so disappointed with the results that you want to cry or just leave it folded up in the drawer. Perhaps you didn’t know that there were other options out there for a cool T-shirt quilt. Perhaps you were given the quilt as a gift. Whatever the reason, you hate your quilt and want a do-over.
Did you find a great deal for a T-shirt quilt on LivingSocial.com? Perhaps a quilt for under $150? Cool. Right? Perhaps. Perhaps not. There are cheap T-shirt quilts and there are expensive T-shirt quilts. What’s the difference? Here are 5 differences that will let you know if you got one of the cheap ones or one of the good ones.
If you are a parent, you probably have or had a refrigerator door decorated with your child’s artwork. It begins with scribbles, then advances to stick figures and finally ends when your child decides enough is enough and stops bringing the drawings home from school. My adult daughter still draws, but I generally don’t get to see them until she has a show. I am one of those parents whose child did grow up to be an artist.
When you think of a quilt, your first thought might be – blanket or something in which to snuggle with. But there are other ways to enjoy and use a T-shirt quilt. Hanging your quilt on your office wall is a wonderful way to enjoy your quilt everyday. Sometimes we make T-shirt quilts specifically for a particular office wall and other times they just find their way there organically. When you are sitting at your desk, here are some considerations for making a T-shirt quilt explicitly for your office.
How many baseball caps you do have in your house? If you are like my family, you have more than you can wear and more than you need. Yet, have you ever noticed that you don’t have one when you need one? And then you end up having to buy another one. They are useful when it’s bright and sunny out. Or when you have a hairless spouse.
What do you do with all the clothes someone leaves behind when they pass away? This is always a big question you face when you lose someone you love. Many people say, they are just clothes, donate them! Yeah, BUT….
Editing the actual content of your T-shirts is something you can do when you have a T-shirt quilt made. Editing means that part of a graphic or words from a T-shirt design are removed. For example, both of your children attend the same event, but three years apart. The T-shirts each child received was the same except for the date. The younger child did not want her T-shirt but the older child was very involved in the event, but had lost her T-shirt. You can use the younger child’s T-shirt in the older child’s quilt and have the event’s date removed.
Giving a T-shirt quilt for a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift is a sure way to give the best gift of the season. It’s a gift that will be used, treasured and remembered each year. Below is a timeline that can help guide you in the planning of your holiday T-shirt quilt gift. Within this timeline are links to other resources on specific topics that might be of help to you. Feel free to contact your quilter anytime to discuss your quilt and time constraints.