Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on November 9th, 2020

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Can I use sweatshirts in a T-shirt quilt?

Planning a T-shirt Quilt

We get this question a lot! Yes they can. They can be mixed in with any other type of material that is machine washable. When the quilt is finished, it is difficult to know if a block was from a T-shirt or a sweatshirt.

t-shirt quilts with sweatshirts

What else can you use?

Tech Fabric

Too Cool T-shirt Quilts can use tech fabric in your T-shirt quilt. But not all T-shirt quilt makers or companies can. Read more about tech fabric here.

Football jerseys used in a T-shirt quiltJersey Material

Jersey material is the fabric will all those little holes. Yes, it can be used in a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. Here's more about jersey material.

Baseball Caps

Baseball caps are as prevalent as T-shirts! Did you know that we can use them in your quilt? Read more about how they can be used in your quilt.

Race Bib

Runners and other athletes who wear a race bib number when they race can use those bibs in their T-shirt quilt. Read about how the can be used here. 


There are a number of ways to use photos in a quilt. There are different ways to have your photos transferred. Here's the information you need. 

Boy scout clothing made into a quilted pillow Scouting Items

If you have or were a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout or any other type of Scout, you can use a lot of your scouting wear in your quilt. Click here for some examples.


Did you know that you can include a flag or a banner in your quilt? It can go on the front or the back! Read about using flags here.

Baby Clothes

Most mom's will save out a few or all of their children's baby clothes. They are just too important to give away. You can use baby clothes in a T-shirt quilt or have a quilt made just from baby clothes. Read more about baby clothes here.  

Kid's Art Work

It's difficult to throw away your child's artwork. Did you know that you can add this artwork to your child's T-shirt quilt? Read more here using your child's art work here. 

homemade T-shirt used in a T-shirt quiltHomemade T-shirts

T-shirts are a way of life here in the US. As a result, many of us end up with a T-shirt that we made ourselves. You can include these in your quilt. But should you? 


You can use patches in a T-shirt quilt. Here are some examples to consider.


Almost any type of clothing or textiles can be used in a T-shirt quilt. Or you can make a quilt entirely out of clothing.

Stuffed bear on a memory T-shit quiltFun Items to Consider

There are so many things that can be used in a T-shirt quilt. Here are some that you might not have considered.

Stuffed animal on a T-shirt quilt


Discover more about having a quilt made with your T-shirts. Consider downloading our T-shirt Quilt Buyers Guide.
It's will help you know what you want your quilt to look like and what to look for in a quilt maker. 

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

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Girl playing with items on a T-shirt quilt


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. 


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