Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on June 13th, 2016

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What Size T-shirt Quilt Is Right For You?

Sleeping under a T-shirt QuiltOne of the first things you need to do when planning a T-Shirt quilt is decide what size quilt you want made. You may know right off what size quilt you want. But what if you don’t, here are some ideas that might help you decide what size quilt to have made.

How are you planning to use your quilt?

Think about how you plan to use your quilt. Is the quilt going to be used primarily on your bed, or is it going to be used as a couch throw?

Thinking of how your quilt will be used gives you some great clues on what size to get. If the quilt is going to be used on a bed, we recommend getting a size corresponding to your mattress, or something close to that size. However, if the quilt were going to be spending its time bouncing around the rest of the house, used on the couches or being taken places, we would recommend a smaller size quilt. Read more about sizes here. 

How many T-shirts do you have?

Milie_has_too_many_T-shirts.jpgAnother consideration is your T-shirts. How many do you have? What are the designs like on them? Are there huge designs on both sides, or are they polo shirts with only one small logo? Or are they somewhere in-between?

If your T-shirts have designs on the fronts and backs and if the designs are sizeable, you may need fewer T-shirts than the estimated number for your quilt size. If you want a multi-use size quilt and send us 35 T-shirts with large designs on the front and back of the T-shirts, don’t be surprised if your quilt ends up being much larger. Read more about why we can’t tell you exactly how many T-shirts are needed for a particular size quilt.

What is your budget?

Another starting place is your budget. Decide what you are willing to pay for an heirloom quality quilt and work from that price point.

Quilt_sizes.jpegHere is one way to stick to your budget:

We suggest that you divide your T-shirts into two bags. In the first bag put the T-shirts that simply MUST to go in the quilt. Keep the number of T-shirts in this first bag at the low end of the approximate number of T-shirts needed for the particular size you want made. Place the remainder of your T-shirts in the second bag and label it, "Use if needed."

 We will cut the first bag of T-shirts and then calculate the size quilt those T-shirts will make. If that size is smaller than you wanted, we will use T-shirts from the second bag until we reach the quilt size you requested. You will always be contacted before we begin making your quilt.

Do you have a special grouping of T-shirts?

TCU.jpegSometimes a group of T-shirts just belong together. If you have a group of T-shirts that just mesh together and need to stay together in your quilt, you would select "Whatever Size Quilt The T-shirts Make”.

When we receive your T-shirts we will cut them as they are and then we will e-mail you with the size quilt those T-shirts make. If it is too large we can talk about what to remove. If it is too small, we can then talk about adding more T-shirts, adding blank blocks, adding a border or a combination of the three to make your quilt larger.

Do you have a favorite blanket?

Still not sure what size to get? Find your favorite blanket and measure the width and length of it and give us a call. We can help you figure out how many T-shirts you would need for that particular size quilt.

Note: we can make any size quilt as long as the dimensions are divisible by 4.

To learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, download our free T-shirt Quilt Buyer's Guide. It's a great place to learn about the different styles and quality of T-shirt quilts.

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.