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The Most Asked Questions About T-shirt Quilts

May 16th, 2022

By Andrea Funk

Too Cool T-shirt Quilts displaying our quilts at a marathon ExpoWe love displaying our T-shirt Quilts various events such as marathon expos. We enjoy visiting with current customers and future customers. People walking by our booth often comment to us about how cool our T-shirt quilts are. It’s a lot of fun. 

At every event we attend, we hear many of the same questions over and over. Since people have these questions in person, I figured you might have the same questions.

Can I Use Tech Fabrics in My T-shirt Quilts?

The Short Answer:

Yes, we can use those and any other machine washable fabric. All washable fabric can be mixed together.

The Long Answer:

micro tech shirts can be used in a T-shirt quiltThis question is asked frequently because runners and other athletes receive tech fabric T-shirts at running races. The other reason this question is asked is because many T-shirt quilters refuse to use this material because it is difficult to work with and you can’t iron on interfacing to tech fabrics.

But here at Too Cool T-shirt Quilts we don’t use iron on backing on your T-shirts, nor do we find the material especially difficult to work with.  Here is more information about Tech T-shirts.

Can I Use the Front and  Back of My T-shirts?

The Short Answer:

Yes, we can use any part of your T-shirts or other items. Front, back, sleeve, leg and butt.

The Long Answer:

How to mark what you don't want used from your T-shirts for a quilt by Too Cool T-shirt QuiltsWe will use everything on your T-shirts unless you mark it for us not to use. Don’t assume that since a part is not important to you that we will know not to use it. You need to tell us what parts not to use.

Since we typically use more of a T-shirt than not, we prefer that you tell us what not to use. We will use anything not marked out. Here is a link to directions on how to mark your T-shirts for us.


Planning a T-shirt quilt?
Here are step-by-step directions for ordering your Too Cool T-shirt quilt.

Do I Have To Cut My Own T-shirt?

The Short Answer:

NO!!!!!! Please don't cut your own T-shirts.

The Long Answer:

Cutting T-shirts at Too Cool T-shirt QuiltsYou are hiring a quilt maker to make your T-shirt quilt. Why should you have to cut your own T-shirts?

I know, some T-shirt blanket companies make you cut your T-shirts. This saves them time and lets them charge less for making your blanket - after all you are doing a big chunk of the work.

A lot of people are very leary of having to cut their own T-shirts. And you should be! You don't have the right tools or experience to cut your own T-shirts. If you did, you would probably make the blanket yourself. 

T-shirts are strange things to cut. You think you have it cut square and then it turns out to be a parallelogram or some other shape not a square. Or it shrinks two inches after you cut it. So many things can happen when you cut your own T-shirts. And the awful thing is that they turn around and charge you to fix the block if it is not perfect. 

We have been cutting T-shirts for over 30 years. We know what happens when you cut T-shirts. We know all the tricks to make sure we do it right. 

How Long Does it Take Us to Make a Quilt?

The Short Answer:

Calendar 2Typically 4 to 6 weeks.

The Long Answer:

Our turn around time varies by the time of year. Near Christmas and high school graduation season, our turn around time is closer to 6 to 8 weeks. But in January and February and in the summer, our turn around time is much faster.

If you have a date that you must have your quilt by, be sure to write that on your order form.  We are happy to work with you to accommodate your time line.

What’s On the Back of the Quilt?

Back of a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt.The Short Answer:

We use a high quality, solid color, 100% cotton fabric with a contrasting thread so you can see our quilting.

The Long Answer:

Too Cool T-shirt Quilt’s quilting is one of the things that sets our quilts apart from other T-shirt quilts. Most quilters use just an over all pattern on their quit.

We quilt each block with a unique quilting pattern. We trace some of the designs on the front of the quilt. The traced designs are then seen on the back of the quilt. 

When the visitors to our booth see the back of the quilt, they are astounded at the detail of the quilting.

Can I Choose the Backing Color for My Quilt?

Too Cool T-shirt Quilt's Fabric roomThe Short Answer:

Of course, it’s your quilt!

The Long Answer:

We have access to over 350 fabric colors. All you have to do is tell us what color you would like or send us a swatch of the color you would like us to match. 

Many quilting companies only offer a handful of colors to choose from. But since we have over 350 colors, you can personalize your quilt how you would like.

How Do I Get My T-shirts to You?

Where to find a box to mail your T-shirts to your quilt makerThe Short Answer:

If you live near one of our locations, you can drop your T-shirts off and meet with the quilter. But most people will ship their box of T-shirts to us.

The Long Answer:

Here is more information about how to pack up your T-shirts to send to us.

More Information

Too Cool T-shirt Quilts learning center

Here is a link to our FAQ page.

We also have an extensive learning center. Check it out here. 

On the website here, we also have a search bar. Just type in your question or topic and you will be directed to the right spot on this site to find your answer. 

We also have Live Chat. You can access Chat on the menu bar or in the bottom right hand corner of the page. 

You are free to drop us an e-mail at


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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.