Are You Cut Out for Making a T-shirt Quilt? Take This Quiz.
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.
We have rescued many “would-be” T-shirt quilt makers who found themselves over their heads with the project. But the final quilt ended up costing more than it would have if a professional quilt maker had made the quilt from the get-go.
Should you make your own T-shirt quilt?
Ultimately, only you know the answer to this. To help you answer that question, here is a quiz about the skills, tools, and experience you need to have to be able to make a Too Cool style T-shirt quilt.
Do you have a sewing machine? Does it work? Do you know how to operate it?
Sewing T-shirt material takes a better than average sewing machine. The machine needs to have a good stitch, great tension and a feed mechanism that feeds the top and bottom fabric at the same rate. A dual feed machine or ones with a walking foot are the best for the project.
Do you have a rotary cutter and cutting mats?
These are standard quilting tools. Making a great T-shirt quilt with just scissors is possible, but not advisable. Precisely cut T-shirts will make the sewing much easier and make for a much better finished product.
Do you have 40 hours to devote to the project?
If this is your first quilt or first T-shirt quilt, it will take time. Don’t expect to make an awesome quilt in a few hours. You need to plan more time than you would expect to need to make your quilt.
Do you understand seam allowances?
I have had more people call me and say they saw a layout on Pinterest and cut their blocks to the sizes in the quilt sample. And then they don’t understand why the pieces don’t fit together. It’s because they didn’t know you must leave room for a seam allowance. If you don’t know what a seam allowance is, you probably should not make a T-shirt quilt for your first quilt. I would suggest a quilt making class first.
Do you have any quilting experience?
No? Take a regular quilting class first. Then consider making a T-shirt quilt.
Can you figure a square root and do other basic math?
If I had known how much math I would be using as a quilter, I would have studied it more in school. If you can’t do the math, you will need to have someone on hand to help you with that.
Can you read and follow directions?
There are some projects you can look at and know how to do it. There are others in which you will need to follow the directions. Most people making a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt will need to read and follow the directions in a step-by-step fashion.
Other Helpful Skills:
Here are some skills that will help you make a T-shirt quilt. If you are unable to do these tasks, you can hire us or someone else to do these steps for you or use an alternative method to complete the step.
Can you do puzzles easily?
A Too Cool T-shirt Quilt is designed without rows and columns. As a result, you will need to be able to puzzle together the blocks. Some people who can’t do puzzles will just make their quilt in rows and columns and call it good enough. Other people will seek out someone they know who is good at puzzles to help them with this step. You can also hire Too Cool T-shirt Quilts to do this step for you.
Do you have a long-arm quilting machine?
Most T-shirt quilts are long-arm machine quilted. A good machine will set you roughly $20,000, so most people don’t invest in one. This is a step that you can hire someone else to do. We also offer that service here.
Do you know how to bind a quilt?
If you don’t know what binding is, this is probably a step that you will need to hire out. It is possible to learn how to do it. However, the the learning curve is steep, especially if you plan to make just one quilt.
If you would like to make your own T-shirt quilt with the Too Cool T-shirt Quilt method, here is where you start: How to Make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. The book is available in soft cover or ebook formats. We also have cutting templates, template stands, design help and long-arm quilting services to help.