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Should You Tell Your Graduate About Their T-shirt Quilt?

June 12th, 2024

2 min. read

By Andrea Funk

Too Cool T-shirt Quilt for high school graduation

Snuggling under a Too Cool T-shirt QuiltI have been making high school graduation quilts since 1995. This was well before my daughter even started kindergarten. In the intervening years, including my daughter’s high school and college graduations, I have learned a thing or two about having a graduation T-shirt quilt made.

One issue a lot of parents have is if they should tell their child about the quilt.  Experience says that it won’t hurt to clue them in. Most kids know what a T-shirt quilt is and many actually are  expecting to get one for graduation. 

Below are reasons to and reasons not to tell your child about his or her T-shirt quilt.

Reasons to Talk About the Quilt Before Having a Quilt Made

  • Graduation T-shirt quilt by Too Cool T-shirt QuiltYou may end up with more T-shirts than you could otherwise get by “stealing” them out of the wash.

  • Your graduate may have a T-shirt that he/she hates and you might not know it. If we put that T-shirt in the quilt we will have a bad situation. 

    Once a T-shirt is in the quilt, it is in the quilt to stay. There is no removing a T-shirt after the quilt is made. Choose carefully. This has happened a number of times. So if your child is picky, talk to them.

  • Your graduate might have color preferences for the backing and the binding other than school colors.

  • They maybe expecting a T-shirt quilt and want input on the style and quality of the quilt.

  • If your child is artistic, involved with clothing choices, and has great taste and style.

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Reasons Not to Tell Your Graduate About Their Quilt Ahead of Time:

  • The best graduaion quilt photoSurprise factor - and it is a great surprise.

  • You have been collecting T-shirts for years and you have enough variety to make a graduation quilt the size you would like.

  • You know the color preferences of your graduate and feel confident that you know what color they would like on the back of the quilt.

  • Your child is oblivious to things like clothing, style, color, and design. 

Ultimately, you know your child and his or her preferences. If you have to error, I would suggest erring by telling them about the quilt rather than keeping it a secret. 

Just Hint About the Quilt Ahead of Time

Kaylas Graduation T-shirt Quilt by Too Cool T-shirt QuiltIf you would like to talk about the quilt ahead of time and still keep it a surprise, you could tell your child that you would like to do something with their T-shirts, and ask for their input about which T-shirts and what colors they likes.

This will probably give them enough information so that they will know that a T-shirt quilt is on the way.

But not all T-shirts quilts are the same. If you have a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt made, it will be so much different than the traditional T-shirt quilts their friends are getting, that it will be even better than a surprise!


Some parents show their kids the Too Cool T-shirt quilt web site and others just talk about the project in general terms. A lot of kids enjoy giving their input into the making of their quilt. After all, if the T-shirt quilt is well made and of high quality, it should last more than a lifetime.

Whether you choose to tell or not to tell your student about the quilt, the quilt will wow your graduate.


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graduation T-shirt Quilt by Too Cool


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.