Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on December 26th, 2016

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What To Do With Old Bike Jerseys

Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts

Bike jerseys can be expensive. And because they are expensive, it's difficult to know what to do with them when you no longer wear them. They cost too much just to give away or donate. Many also have memories of rides associated with them. As a result, if you are anything like me, you have more jerseys than you need. 

You can pull these out of the closet, but then what? What do you do with that stack of expensive bike jerseys? Here are some of the obvious answers…

  • Throw them away
  • Sell them at a garage sale, on Ebay or at a swap meet
  • Give them to beginning cyclists
  • Put them in a box in the basement or attic for another day
  • Or....

Have a Quilt Made From Your Jerseys!

A close up of a bicycle jersey used in a quilt. The pocket is still useable. Features of a Quilt Made from Bicycle Jerseys

  • They are very soft because of the nylon/ spandex fabric of the jerseys.

  • Functional zippers. Bike jerseys have designs over their entire surface; you have to include the zippers in the quilt so you don’t cut off any of the designs.

  • Functional pockets. The backs of most bike jerseys have pockets on them. And since you don’t want to cut off any of the designs, the pockets are included.

  • The arms of the bike jersey can be incorporated into the quilt.

  • T-shirts and other biking gear such as jackets and vests can also be mixed in with your jerseys.

  • Even jerseys torn up from a bike crash can be used.
    Read more about that here. 

What can you use in a Bike Jersey Quilt?

  • Two bikers with a tandemBike Jersey from any fabric - wool, nylon, lycra...
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Bike shorts and pants
  • Dude rags
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Windbreakers
  • Tights
  • Any machine washable fabric.

Who Should Make Your Jersey Quilt?

Bike_quilt

These are not easy quilts to make.

  • Find an accomplished T-shirt quilt maker who has made a number of quilts made from bike jerseys. 
  • Use a quilter who does not use iron on interfacing. There are two issues with iron on interfacing and bike jerseys. First, the interfacing will make the jersey stiff. And second, the iron could melt the Lycra fabric the jerseys are made from.
  • Choose a quilt maker who makes quilts with many different size blocks. A one-size-block-fits-all method is not suitable for your jersey. Read more about quilt styles here

How to Have a Bike Jersey Quilt Made

  1. Choose the jerseys, T-shirts or other fabric items you want for your quilt. Here is a link to the How Many T-shirts page on the website. If you plan to use the front and back of each of your jerseys, you will need about half as many items as the low end of the estimate says. Bike jerseys have a lot of designs that can be used.

  2. Bike Jersey quilt from a professional cyclestRead the directions for preparing your T-shirts (jerseys) for a quilt. This will include directions for marking any part of the jersey or T-shirt you don’t want used.

  3. Print out and complete an order form. This will give us directions and information to contact you.

  4. Box up your jerseys to ship them to your quilter. Read more about finding a box and shipping here

  5. Before you ship your items, please call your Too Cool T-shirt Quilt quilter to make sure she works on bike jersey quilts. These are tricky quilts to make and some of our quilters prefer to have them worked on here in Michigan.

  6. We will let you know when your box arrives at our shop. When it arrives, we will read your directions and cut your jerseys and then work with you on the quilt size and backing and binding colors.

To learn more about having a quilt made from your athletic T-shirts and clothing, download our Athletic T-shirt Quilt Guide.
It has directions for using a large variety of athletic clothing. 

Download the Guide


The author's quilt with the tandem she and her husband David ride.

Tandem shown with bike jersey quilt

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.