Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on July 22nd, 2019

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Pinterest T-shirt Quilt Instructions Are Unreliable

T-shirt Quilt Remakes  |  The Construction of a T-shirt Quilt  |  Making Your Own T-shirt Quilt  |  Comparing T-shirt Quilts

Pictures of T-shirt quilts on Pinterest.Caution!

Do you spend a lot of time on Pinterest? I know I do. Every day I see tons of cool “Do it Yourself” or DIY ideas. I always think “Oh! I could make that, it looks easy!”. Yet my stuff never seems to come out as good as the pictures. Most of the time my project goes straight in the trash.

But it looks so easy! 

More and more, I’m seeing pins boasting “How to make a T-shirt quilt in 1 hour.” Or, “How to make a T-shirt quilt with no sewing”. Most of these tutorials make traditional style T-shirt blanket. Many with iron-on backing. Read why iron-on backing is not necessary. 

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Cut your T-shirts open and iron on interfacing.
  2. Cut all the blocks with a 12” or 14” template.
  3. Line the blocks up into columns and rows and sew them together.
  4. Place quilt top face down on fleece that is facing up. Sew around the edge leaving open a 6” gap.
  5. Turn inside out and sew closed gap.
  6. Congratulations, you have made a traditional style T-shirt blanket! 
  7. Those are typical Pinterest directions. Easy peasy! What could go wrong? 

What could go wrong?

Oh, so much! For example, the directions above are for a blanket and not a quilt.  There is a big difference between a T-shirt quilt and a T-shirt blanket. They are not the same thing!  Read more about the difference between a blanket and a T-shirt quilt here. 

Also, the person providing directions may have only made one T-shirt quilt. It's so easy these days to photograph each step of a project you are making. If you end up with something you think is good, then you publish your direction as if you are the expert. Most of the time, the person writing these directions is not an expert. They are a one and done.

You could also be cutting your prized T-shirts without knowing what you are doing. What happens when you have an issue not covered in the directions? Who do you turn to?


To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, consider downloading our buying guide.
It's a great place to start you research into having a cool quilt made from your T-shirts.
T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide


Your Expectations

Salt Lake fireman's T-shirt quiltWhat are your expectations for your T-shirt quilt? What are the value of your T-shirts? Is your answer "high quality quilt and valuable T-shirts." If so, don't follow someone’s T-shirt quilt tutorial on Pinterest if they don't have a track record of making awesome T-shirts quilts. Especially if their directions written from their first attempt at making a T-shirt quilt.

Me? I love my T-shirts. Since most of my DIY projects end up in the trash, why would I endanger my prized T-shirts to a project that probably won’t turn out the way I want it too?

Your Experience

Sewing a T-shirt quilt takes experience and practice.Too Cool T-shirt Quilts has been making quilts since 1992. As online tutorials have become popular, we have found that we are salvaging more and more T-shirt quilts. Our customers thought they could make it themselves because they had watched a quick tutorial. Our video tutorials are over 3 hours long!

My customers tell me they thought it looked easy! So, they started cutting their T-shirts. They then found out there is more to making a great looking T-shirt quilt than they had figured.

I have made T-shirt quilts for so many highly experienced quilt makers. They know I have the experience and expertise to do the job right (the first time). Many experienced quilt makers know they could make the quilt themselves, but they choose to go the professional route because they want the best quilt.

These are the scraps from a T-shirt quilt remake. Good buy to a bad quilt.Salvaging Fails

We are able to salvage most T-shirts quilt attempts. Whether they are in the early stages or are complete. We can remake them into a great looking quilt. But you need to realize it’s going to end up costing you. It will cost more than if we had just made your quilt from the start.  Here is  article about how we salvaged a T-shirt quilt disasters.

Making it yourself? Start with great directions.

Can you sew? Would you like to attempt a Too Cool style T-shirt Quilt? If so, consider getting the book, “How to Make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt”.  Also, we have a series of videos about how to make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. Check out our product bundles to see if there is a package right for you. 

Or we can make it for you.

If you know you aren’t cut out to make a quilt yourself, we can work with you to make your dream T-shirt quilt a reality. We pride ourselves on high quality beautiful works of art made from your T-shirts. Here's how to have Too Cool T-shirt Quilts make your quilt.

Conclusion

Before you begin to make a T-shirt quilt, have complete and comprehensive directions. These should be from a quilt maker who has made 1000's of T-shirt quilts. I would also suggest you make a test quilt with junk T-shirts from garage sales or a resale store. This way if you screw it up, it won't be the end of the world. Here's our directions on making a T-shirt quilt. 

Have you begun a T-shirt quilt and find you can't finish it? If so, don't feel bad or beat yourself up. T-shirt quilts are not as easy to make as they might seem. And, we can help. Here's more about what we do when we salvage an attempt. 

Before and After

Here are two examples of T-shirt quilts that we have remade. There is a huge difference between the before and afters. If you don't study the photos carefully, you might never know.

Sally_old The remake of a traditional style T-shirt quilt.

This is not an interesting T-shirt quilt. You can do better!Chio O Sorority T-shirt quilt remade from a bad T-shirt quilt attempt.  

This is not how to make a T-shirt quilt. This T-shirt quilt was remade from a failed attempt to make a T-shirt quilt.  


To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, consider downloading our buying guide.
It's a great place to start you research into having a cool quilt made from your T-shirts.
T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide


 

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.