Quilts Made With Your T-shirts

& Memorial Quilts Made From Clothing


What’s In Your Pocket Shirt.Woot T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 27, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

I am a big fan of Shirt.Woot.com. If you have never heard of the company, check them out! Shirt.Woot is a website that has a different T-shirt for sale every day of the year. Each week they have a design contest based on a unique theme. Artist from all over the world submit their design and site visitors vote on which ones they like. The top seven designs are printed over a seven-day period and visitors can purchase one or all seven!  

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Topics: Just for Fun

House Divided T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 24, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT


Colleges and Universities typically have rivals. Over the years, schools that are either close geographically or have similar areas of specialization often find themselves in a rivalry. Although most rivalry develops organically, others are instigated by school officials in a hope to see more tickets.

Most people outside the academic setting usually can easily identify a sports rivalry. Special trophies, cups or jugs are created to emphasize the conflict between the two schools. The winning school has the honor of holding the trophy until the next year’s game. The rivalries between some schools make for high drama.

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

How to Plan a Hard Rock Café T-shirt Quilt

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 20, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Since 1992, I have made over 25 Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilts. They are fun to make. When I sat down to write this article about planning a Hard Rock Café T-shirt quilt, I thought about how many different Hard Rock Café there are. According to Wikipedia, “As of December 2015, there were 191 Hard Rock locations in 59 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels, and 11 casinos.”

Then I pause to think about how many I have visited. Uh, just one. Although I think this says more about my rural existence rather than restaurants themselves.

The customers who I have made the quilts for had visited more Hark Rock Cafés than I could even imagine. And a lot of these customers have Hard Rock Café T-shirts from around the world. When we make their quilts, it’s like a world travelogue. Prague, Paris, Budapest, Rome, Moscow, London and Detroit.

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Topics: Collecting T-shirts for a Quilt

How to fix a T-shirt quilt (or) My dog ate my quilt!

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 17, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Remember back to middle school when you told your 6th grade science teacher that your dog ate your homework but in reality you forgot it at home? No, maybe that was just me.

But dogs really do eat things other than middle school homework; sometimes they take chunks out of beautiful T-shirt quilts! You wouldn't believe some of the calls we've gotten about dogs and repairing quilts.

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Topics: T-shirt Quilt Remakes

T-shirt Quilts for First Graders

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 13, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

In 2012 we were asked to make a T-shirt quilt for each child in a first grade class. There were 24 kids in that class.

It was a big project!

Each child was asked to bring in 20 to 30 T-shirts for a multi-use size quilt. This presented two problems:

1. How to get families to collect the T-shirts and return them to the school by a particular date.

To solve this problem, the project coordinator chose two dates. The first date was the date she told everybody as the deadline date. Knowing that there would be stragglers, she also had a second due date. This date she kept to herself so that she could build in wiggle room. 

We received most of the kid’s items over a two-week period. It could have been much longer. 

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Topics: Just for Fun

Quilts Made From Football Jerseys

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 10, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

A typical football player gets two jerseys each season: a white one for home games and a colored or black one for away games. After a career of playing football, the jerseys can seem to take on a life of their own jumping out of drawers and tumbling out of closets. Rather than just let them pile up or give them away, give your jerseys new life in a quilt!

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

Compare Two Similar T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 6, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

Christmas 2013

For Christmas in 2013, a woman had us make T-shirt quilts for her two daughters. One had graduated in 2011 and the other had just graduated that year. Her daughter’s had been busy in school and they each had a lot of T-shirts. She also wanted us to include a pieced border on each girl’s quilt.

Even though we made king size quilts for each daughter, we ended up having way too many T-shirts. A border does eat up some of the space you have for T-shirts. For example, in a king size quilt with a 4” border, you lose about 15% of the space that can be allotted to T-shirts.

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Topics: graduation quilts

A T-shirt Quilt Made From All White T-shirts

Posted by Andrea Funk on October 3, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

In the years since I began making T-shirt quilts in 1992, I have made numerous quilts from all white T-shirts. Despite being all white, they end up much more colorful than you might ever imagine. 

Below is what I know about all white T-shirts and white T-shirt Quilts.

White Clothes = $

White started out as a status symbol. It has to do with wealth, economics of washing clothing. White could never kept clean; therefore it wasn’t practical for everyday wear because it showed every speck of dirt. When you wore white it showed that you could afford to only wear the outfit once. That was a powerful status symbol. 

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

Quilts Made With Car Show T-shirts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 29, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

These quilts were memorial quilts that were made for the three adult children of a man who had passed away. Right away you can see that this man loved cars and went to a lot of car shows!

 His wife separated the T-shirts into three groupings based a little on color, which T-shirts her children liked and which shows the each had attended with their father. We then worked with the family to make three very unique quilts based on each adult child for whom they were made. 

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Topics: T-shirt Quilt Stories

10 Common Misconceptions About T-shirt Quilts

Posted by Andrea Funk on September 26, 2016 6:30:00 AM EDT

There are a lot of misconceptions about T-shirt quilts – from how they look to how they are made. Below is a look at 10 prevalent misconceptions. We will break each of them down for you and debunk them one at a time. When available, we also have included links to more information about each misconception.

1. There is only one style of T-shirt quilt.

False! There are many different styles of T-shirt quilts: puzzle style, traditional style, traditional style with sashing, crazy quilt style and more. Before you choose a quilt maker, first decided what style of quilt you want and what style would work best for your T-shirts. Read more about the different styles of T-shirt quilts here.

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Topics: T-shirt Quilts

Andrea_Funk_Head_shotWritten by Andrea T. Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes, no sashing and no iron on backing. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts and her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since. 

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