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Should Your Child Take Their T-shirt Quilt to College?

March 6th, 2023

By Andrea Funk

Dorm life with T-shirt Quilt
High school graduation T-shirt quilts

As you prepare for your child's high school graduation, have you considered gifting them a T-shirt quilt?

The process involves planning the quilt, gathering the T-shirts, determining who will construct it, overseeing its creation, presenting it to your child, and displaying it at the open house. While each step may bring its own challenges, the end result will bring immense joy."

But that is the easy parts of this!


The Big Question: Should Your Child Take Their T-shirt Quilt to College?


If you lived in the dorms, you may remember and understand.

The bed is the center of most living done in a dorm room. Eating pizza. Drinking beer. Putting on make-up. Rough housing. Studying with highlighters, pens and other writing tools. Shoes on the bed. The list goes on. The chances of something staining a quilt or blanket on the bed are high. 

T-shirt quilts in the dormsYou may want to consider this question before you give your child their quilt.

Many Moms make their child a quilt with the intention they takes it to college.

Yet, 95% of the mothers of boys decide not to let them take their quilt out of the house. At least until he marries!  

Keeping this discussion in mind as you decide what size quilt to have made. Here is a discussion about having an extra-long twin size quilt made.

To help figure out if the quilt should go or stay, we’ve compiled arguments for each possibility. This might help you decide if the quilt should go to college, before you give the quilt. Are you having this argument after having given the quilt? If so, we hope this article helps you come to a decision with your child.

Go Ahead, Take It

  • Quilt in dorm roomIt is their quilt with all the good memories that they have from high school.
  • Their T-shirt quilt is also a piece of home, thus making the transition process of moving away for the first time easier.
  • Many dorms have strange heating situations that don’t allow the student to adjust the heat to match their needs. Instead of buying a huge comforter set, all your student will need is their Too Cool T-shirt Quilt. They are the perfect weight for most situation.
  • If you trust that your child knows the value of this quilt and will take care of it. They need to understand that it will be with them for the rest of their life.


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


No Way! Leave It at Home

  • A swimmers T-shirt Quilt on BedIf they are a boy. I don't want to be sexist, but this is the reality of our experience. 
  • We really don’t know what happens in a college dorm room, and we don’t really want to know. Sometimes you have to take measures to protect your child’s quilt from the unknowns… partying, moldy food, roommates, dirt, and icky stuff.
  • Theft, things go missing in dorms. It’s a fact of life.
  • Keeping it at home to remind you of your child. Sometimes a child leaving the nest is harder on the parents than it is on the kid. Keeping their quilt at home is like keeping a piece of your child with you.
  • If you and your child can’t decide, we have a few tips to help you make the decision.

Maybe? Compromise

  • Northface T-shirt quilt on dorm bedHave your child move in to the dorms. Once they gets settled into a routine they will know more. They can gauge the roommate situation and the cleanliness. If it looks good, let them have their quilt to proudly display on their bed. If not, wait another year and see if things change.
  • Wait until they move out of the dorms. Many students move out of the dorms after two years and into private apartments, Greek houses or a rented house. At that point if they are paying regular rent and know the value of things it’s a safe bet they will take good care of their quilt.

If all that fails? Keep their quilt at home till they graduate from college. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

For those of us who lived in the dorms, we know what dorm life was like. But may 18 year olds still think Mom and Dad don’t know anything. They think that they know it all. We hope this article helps in your decision making.


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Graduation T-shirt quilt by Too cool T-shirt Quilts

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.