Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on December 12th, 2016

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I Have Too Many T-shirts for Just One Quilt

Planning a T-shirt Quilt

So what do you do if you have more T-shirts than you need for a king size quilt?

The main frustration with a puzzle style T-shirt quilt that is puzzled together with blocks of different sizes is that you never know what size quilt any one group of T-shirts will make until they are cut. This is because the blocks are cut to fit the image on the T-shirts and not a set size. It makes for a much more interesting quilt, but a little more guesswork on the preparation.

If you have counted your T-shirts and have found that you have more than you will need for a King size T-shirt quilt, you have a number of options. Here is the How Many T-shirts page.

Split T-shirts Into Categories

Harley Davidson T-shirt quiltLook at your T-shirts and ask yourself if you have more than one category of T-shirts. If so, then separate the pile of T-shirts into two or more categories. Then, you can consider if you need to have more than one T-shirt quilt made. You might have categories in your T-shirts that you might not have considered.

For example, one of our customers had a huge stack of Harley-Davidson T-shirts. Every single one of them was a Harley-Davidson. She had way too many T-shirts for just one quilt. So she broke the group of T-shirts into two groupings by color. She had all the dark and rich colored T-shirts in one quilt and all the lighter colored and pastel T-shirts for the second quilt. The division made for two very unique and interesting quilts. But if she had just randomly split the group into two piles, both quilts would have looked similar. The other quilt of the pair is at the bottom of this article. 

Another way to split a large grouping of T-shirts is by year. You could work in 10 year increments or a before and after the year 2000 segments.

Learn more about T-shirt quilts by downloading our free T-shirt Quilt Guying Guide.
The guide dives deeper into the differences in style, type and quality differences between T-shirt quilts. 
Learn all you can about T-shirt quilts so that you can have the quilt of your dreams.
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pillow and quiltBreak T-shirts into Priority Groupings

Consider your T-shirts and focus on the memories associated with them and how much you like each T-shirt. Start three piles. In the first pile put all the T-shirts that you love and that must go in your quilt. In the second stack put the T-shirts that are not as important, but you wouldn’t mind seeing in your quilt. These are the second string T-shirts. Keep creating piles by importance. Then you can count the T-shirts in the first pile and see where you are. Here is the How Many T-shirt Page.

Choose to Use a Front or Back Only

We can use both the front and back of your T-shirts. If you have way too many T-shirts, consider eliminating either the front or back of some T-shirts. There are some T-shirts that have the same design on the front as on the back. If you don’t need that design in your quilt twice, choose to X out one side or the other.

Caution – don’t just choose to eliminate all the small blocks and keep the large one. This will make your quilt blocky. So use the big designs from the T-shirts you LOVE and the little designs from the T-shirts that you love a little less. 

double sided T-shirt quiltHave a Double-sided Quilt Made

If you have gobs and gobs of T-shirts, we can created a double-sided T-shirt quilt. Read more about double-sided T-shirt quilts here.

Send All Your T-shirts At Once

Is every T-shirt in your stack of T-shirts is important? Do all the T-shirts need to be included a quilt of some sort? If so, just send all the T-shirts to us. After we cut all the T-shirts we can figure out different combinations for you. For example, you might have enough to make 3 multi use size quilts, or a queen size quilt and two pillows.

After you know how far the T-shirts can go, you can tell us which options you would like to use. We will then divide the T-shirts up randomly between the different quilt and pillow options. You can choose to have us make all the quilts at once or one at a time over a number of months.

The disadvantage of sending all your T-shirts at once is that if they make more than one quilt, the T-shirts will be divided randomly between the two or more quilts. A front of a T-shirt might end up on one quilt and the back on another quilt.

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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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