In 1992 the first T-shirt quilt I made was for my sister who is runner. Since that first quilt, I have discovered that you can use much more than just T-shirts in a quilt. Here are a number of other items that can be used in your quilt. As long as it’s machine washable, we can use it.
Photo Quilt: Definition – a quilt that uses photographs transferred on to fabric as the focal point of quilt top. Although the definition of a photo quilt states that the photos should be the focal point, photographs can be used in T-shirt quilts in a supporting role. We have been using photo in our T-shirt quilts for years. We can make a true photo quilt or use photos as part of a broader story told in T-shirts.
If you are in the process of finding someone to make your T-shirt quilt, you may not have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide has the information you need to fill in any knowledge gaps.
Despite the word T-shirt being in our name, we make quilts from all types of clothing and textiles. Each type is unique and fun. We have compiled a number of different types of quilts we can make here. If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know! We would love any challenge.
Can you use karate belts in a T-shirt quilt? Yes! Karate is a sport filled with advancements. The more you practice and grow, the further up the karate ladder you move. With each move comes a new belt that replaces your old belt – a very visual advancement system.
This story was update January 2015. Yes you can, and should! Ripps and other lived-in imperfections that are in our clothing are part of your story. Here's my story about rips. I married a bicyclist. My husband David is a bicycler and loves all things bicycling. He races, he tours and he collects bikes. It took some learning to become a bicyclist myself. I have grown to like biking, as long as I don’t have to steer. As long as I am on the back of a tandem, I can deal with it. I am not always happy while biking, but I do enjoy the athletic high I get after I get off the bike. What I don’t like is crashing. Crashed scares me. They say that there are two types of bikers – those who have crashed and those who will crash. Not very good odds!
This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked about T-shirt quilts. Since it’s called a T-shirt quilt, many people think that you can only use T-shirts in such a quilt. A T-shirt quilt is much more than just T-shirts. A T-shirt quilt can be made with any washable fabric. Here are some of the items you may consider putting in your quilt. Jersey Material Jersey material is a type of fabric that is used to make football and other types of jerseys. Jersey material is typically nylon and it is full of holes. All the little holes help to make the material lighter weight and help keep the athlete cool. It’s all these little holes that concern people when they think about using it in a T-shirt quilt. If this fabric is backed by another piece of material there are no issue. An inexperienced T-shirt quilt maker may not know to back the Jersey material. That becomes a problem because the batting can be seen through the holes and it will eventually work its way out of the holes. If you have a skilled T-shirt quilt maker, using Jersey material in your quilt is not an issue.