Asking a Friend to Make You a T-shirt Quilt - Should You?
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.
Do you care when your T-shirt quilt is finished?
If you are not concerned about when your quilt is finished, that’s ok. Although I have heard tales from customers who told me that they had given their T-shirts to their friend over a year and a half ago and still don’t have a quilt. If your T-shirts aren’t important, then the return of your completed quilt is not important either. Read that story here.
Do you care about the quality of material used in the making of your quilt?
If you value your T-shirts, you should be concerned about what materials your quilt is made with. Remember the old adage, GIGO – garbage in, garbage out! Low-cost materials won’t last as long or feel as nice as high quality materials. If you are not familiar with the various quality level of quilting materials, you need to learn and ask your friend to use the best.
Do you care about how well your quilt is made?
You should! A poorly made quilt may fall apart or have a much shorter life than a well-made quilt. Will your quilt be sewn well and accurately? It is the craftsmanship and the materials used in your quilt that will make your quilt look awesome or cheap. Read more about it here.
Should you pay your friend to make your quilt?
Yes. Not being willing to pay your friend for making your quilt is selfish. And not offering to pay is bad for your friendship.
How much should you pay your friend to make your quilt?
- Materials – this will include the cost of fabric, batting and thread.
- Time – How long did your friend actually work on your quilt? 20 hours? 40 hours? How much is your time worth? Your friend’s time should be worth that much or more.
- Overhead – Sewing machine, rotary cutting blades, wear and tear on tools are all things to consider as part of the cost of a quilt. This might be just a few dollars, but take this into consideration.
- Expertise – If this is your friend’s second quilt, there is very little expertise to consider. And if you care about your T-shirts, this should be a big concern. If your friend has made 100’s of T-shirt quilts, then there is expertise that needs to be taken into consideration.
So should you ask your friend to make your T-shirt quilt?
This could have disaster written all over it. Ultimately, if your friend makes you a T-shirt quilt and it turns out appalling, what have you gotten out of the deal? Your T-shirts have been cut up and you have an awful quilt. What will this do to your friendship?
If you are looking to learn more about having a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts, we have written a T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide that will:
- Explain different types of T-shirt quilts and how they are made.
- Give you an insight into the quality of materials used to make a T-shirt quilt.
- Help you recognize short cuts some T-shirt quilt makers take.
It’s a good place to begin your research.