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Essential Tips for a Great T-shirt Quilt: Get it Right the First Time

April 24th, 2023

By Andrea Funk

T-shirt Quilt by Too Cool T-shirt Quilts

Get the Best T-shirt Quilt With These 3 Helpful Tips

  1. Don’t Choose the Cheapest T-shirt Quilt Maker
  2. Know What You Want Your Quilt to Look and Feel Like 
  3. Find the Right Quilt Maker for You
 and Your T-shirts

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? Here are three rules of thumb about having a T-shirt quilt made. 

1. Don’t Choose the Cheapest T-shirt Quilt Maker

There are many reasons not to choose the lowest price quilt maker. Here are a number of reason to avoid the lowest cost makers.

The Amount of Time They Spend Making Your Quilt

Sewers line upThe lower the cost of a quilt, the less time the quilter will put into your quilt. Low cost quilt makers have a slight profit margin.  Such operations lose money if they take time to make your quilt perfect.  For example, say a seam should be taken out and fixed.  A low-cost quilter may not fix it. It would take too much time. 

Low cost quilt makers will only put the minimum time into your quilt. Nothing extra.

Read more about how much a T-shirt quilt costs here.

Materials Used in Your Quilt

Fabric batting and threadInexpensive quilts use lower quality of materials. A quilter won't use materials that cost more than they charge for the quilt.  There are quilters who charge less for a T-shirt quilt than we have in the cost of materials.   

What do low quality materials mean to you? First, they wear poorly. This will shorten the longevity of your quilt. Second, low quality materials also feel bad. A T-shirt quilt is meant to be used and touched. If a quilt feels bad to touch, you won’t want to use it.  Finally, inexpensive material will not make your quilt an heirloom.

Read more about materials used in T-shirt quilts here.

Only One Style of Quilt Available

Compare pr to tcLow price T-shirt quilt companies can charge less because they make traditional style quilts. A traditional style T-shirt quilt uses one block size. These blocks are laid out in rows and columns. This is an exceedingly quick way to make a quilt. And when time = money, speed counts!

What does this mean for you? First, some of the graphics on your T-shirts aren't going to fit in their set block size. Some will be too large and get cropped off. Others will be too small and have too much margin around the design. How will you feel if a graphic on your favorite T-shirts gets cropped off? It might be heart breaking!

Read more about the 6 main types of T-shirt quilts here.



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

How to Order a T-shirt Quilt



Two quilt makers looking at a T-shirt quilt while it is being sewed.

Your Quilt Maker's Experience

Experienced quilters charge more because they know the value of their work. They are confident about their skills and work. They know what to do when something goes wrong.

When you look for the cheapest quilt maker, you may run into an inexperienced quilt maker. They don’t know how to handle tricky situations that develop.  Their solutions to problems may look bad and be inadequate. 

The less someone is willing to charge for their work, the less value they put into their work. So, if someone only charges $200 for a quilt, they don’t think that their work is worth more. If they don’t think their work is that good, then neither should you!

Read more about a quilt maker’s experience here.

2. Know What You Want Your Quilt to Look and Feel Like 

A quality T-shirt quilt feels great and should last for generations.The first step in having a T-shirt quilt made is determining what you want from your quilt. Only after you have determined this can you then look for a quilt maker.

Here are 6 questions you need to be able to answer.

  1. Do you want a quilt or a blanket?

    There is a difference – a big difference. This is so important to know. Read more about the difference between a quilt and a blanket here.

  2. Do you want a quilt with a single block size or multiple block sizes?

    This will influence the look of your quilt more than anything else. Read about the styles of T-shirt quilts here.

  3. Do you want a quilt made with only T-shirts? 

    Or would you like a quilt that can incorporate any type of fabric? You have options beyond just using T-shirts.

  4. What quality quilt do you want? 

    There is a lot that can go into the quality of a quilt. From the materials used to the quilter’s skills. Know what you want first.

  5. What type of quilting do you want?
    This can range from tying to fancy long-arm machine quilting. Read more about quilting used on T-shirt quilts here.

  6. Do you want a solid color or printed fabric backing material? 

    This will determine how the back of your quilt looks. Read about the difference between the two here.


3. Find the Right Quilt Maker for You

Finding the right quilt maker is the most important component to a T-shirt quiltFinding the right quilter for your needs is important.  Some important considerations include:

  • Is the company a good fit with you?

  • Is the quilter a professional or hobbyist? 

    A professional has a lot to lose if they mess-up your quilt. A hobbyist does not rely on the outcome of your quilt for their living.

A T-shirt quilt made from T-shirts with bugs on them.An Overview on How to Find a Quilt Maker

Here's a list of questions to ask your quilt makers.

Don’t settle for just anyone who says they can make a T-shirt quilt. Only choose the best! After all, these are your T-shirts!

You only have one chance to have a T-shirt quilt made from your T-shirts. Take your time and choose your maker well!

To learn more about the different types, styles and qualities of T-shirts, download our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. 
It’s a great place to begin your journey to finding a quilt maker.

T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide

close up of long arm quilting design on the back of a T-shirt quilt.  

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.