Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on November 12th, 2012

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Choosing T-shirt to put into your T-shirt quilt

Styles & Types of T-shirt Quilts  |  Planning a T-shirt Quilt

Choosing which T-shirts to put into your T-shirt quilt is as important as choosing the best company to make your T-shirt quilt. 

Which T-shirts should you put into your quilt? This is a very important to think about for a number of reason:

  1. Once a T-shirt is in your quilt, it’s not coming out! 
  2. Some T-shirts might not belong with the rest of the T-shirts.
  3. If you are making a quilt for someone else, there may be a T-shirt in the group of T-shirts she may hate.  
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Here are a number of items to think about when choosing T-shirts for your T-shirts:

  • Color of T-shirts – There are two major instances when the color of your T-shirts needs to be thought about.           
      1. When all the T-shirts but one or two are the same color.
        For instance we worked on a quilt last week where all the T-shirts were navy except one. It was black.  Despite all the T-shirts begin dark, the black shirt stuck out. It was so bad that I asked the customer if we could remove it.
      2. If you were making a Monochromatic quilt and you have one T-shirt that is not in the color scheme.  This will also stick out.
  • Harley Davidson T-shirt QuiltTopic – Every quilt has a topic, even if it is just “my life.” Other quilts have a very specific topic and any T-shirt, which is not that topic, should be removed.  For example if you are making a Harley Davidson T-shirt Quilt and have one Hard Rock Café T-shirt, you need to think carefully about that one T-shirt. Mostly it will lower the value of the Harley Davidson quilt for future owners.
  • Story – T-shirt quilts tell a story. Look at the T-shirts and see if they all are part of that story. If a T-shirt is not part of the story, you should consider removing it from the pile of T-shirts you send us.  For example, if you have T-shirts from your child’s life and in that stack of T-shirts is a shirt that belongs to someone else in the family, this shirt should be removed. Always double check that the T-shirts you are sending to us to have a quilt made to see if all the T-shirts belong to the story and the character of the story.

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  • Types of race or events – If you are a runner and want a T-shirt quilt made from your running T-shirts make sure that all the T-shirts are from running events. If you have 30 T-shirts from 5ks and one from a baseball team, the T-shirt from the baseball team just doesn’t belong and should be removed from that grouping of T-shirts.
  • Rock_quilt.jpgT-shirt Age – All your T-shirts are from 80 rock and roll bands except for one T-shirt that is from a 2005 folk fest. You might consider removing it from the grouping of T-shirts. It just does not belong. Note: we can use very old T-shirts - so don't let the actual age of a T-shirts keep you from using it in your quilt.
  • Non T-shirt items – Not all your T-shirts need to be T-shirts. Things that can be used in a T-shirt quilt are anything that can be washed in a washing machine. For examples, sweatshirts, jerserys and nylon coats.

If you have any questions about the T-shirts you have slated for your quilt, please give us a call. We have made 1000’s T-shirts quilts and have experience to help you make good choices.  517-541-8225 or e-mail

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There are links to articles about everything T-shirt quilt you could imagine. 

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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.