Frequently Asked Questions

What parts of the T-shirts can I use?

Just about any part! Front, back, sleeves and even the neck line. We can use a front and a back from the same T-shirt. We also can use the legs or the butt from pants or shorts. So you are not limited!

Here's more about how to mark your T-shirts for us. 

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How long will it take to make my quilt?

Typically 4 to 6 weeks. It will depend on the time of year. Around Christmas and during high school graduation season, it may be closer to 6 to 8 weeks. In January and in August it could be closer to 3 weeks. If it will be longer than 6 weeks, we will let you know. 

If you have a specific date that you need to have your quilt returned by, please indicate this on your order form so we can plan accordingly. We want to make your deadline, and will work nights and weekends to do so if necessary. 

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Can sweatshirts be used?

Yes. We also can use jersey material - the knit material with holes in it that is used in some football and hockey jerseys. Read more about what you can use here.

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What parts of the T-shirts don't we use?

We will use every part of your T-shirt unless it is "X"-ed out with blue painters masking tape. You are welcome to put notes on your T-shirts if you have a special request. Please write these notes on blue painters masking tape. This way the note can stay attached to the T-shirt until we have the quilt top sewn together. We have found that paper notes that are pinned or stapled on leave holes in the T-shirts and are difficult to work with when we are cutting and sewing.

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How do you handle stained T-shirts?

Generally we don't do anything about stains. We consider them to be part of the memory of the T-shirts. But not everyone feels that way. So on the order form we have options for directing us how to use T-shirts with stains. We can ignore the stains or cut them off if they are on the outside of the design. If the stain is on the design, we can ignore it or we can cut out the stain and put a piece of matching material behind the hole. This is a radical fix and will not look as good as the design with the stain on it. If there is a stain you want removed, please mark the area with a piece of blue painters masking tape and write on the tape what you would like us to do.

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What color fabrics do you have to choose from for the back of the quilt?

Backing colors - we have over 250 colors to choose from. If you want something beyond a standard generally accepted colors, please send a swatch. For example navy, hunter green, red, orange, etc. are colors that are what they are. But a color like teal or sage - there is more than one interpretation to these colors. So if you would send a swatch of color that would be helpful. You can get a swatch from a paint chip, from one of your T-shirts, a color crayon scribble on a piece of white paper or out of a magazine (circle the color).

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Can photographs be used in a T-shirt Quilt?

Yes. Have your photograph printed on white T-shirt material. We would suggest that you have the photos professionally printed. We have found that the iron on transfers done at home do not hold up over time. 

If you don't have someone local, we would suggest One Hour Tees. Tell them that Too Cool T-shirts Quilts sent you!

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Can you embroider a message onto a block?

Too Cool T-shirt Quilts® does not have the facilities to do embroidery here. But you can hire this service from Angie Quant at Marble Hill Designs of Norwood NY. On her website, you can choose the size block and the wording you want on the block. Angie can send the completed block to you or straight here to Too Cool T-shirt Quilts®.

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Can you make a Double Sided Quilt? A quilt with T-shirts on the front and back.

Yes. Read more about them here.

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. If you choose to use a credit card for payment, please indicate so on your order form. When your quilt is finished we will send you a "ransom" photo of the quilt and then you can call with your credit card number. Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you your quilt.

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Oops-My T-shirts have already been cut...Can Too Cool T-shirt Quilts® finish it?


YES WE CAN! See the Already Cut T-shirts page for more information.

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Can a T-shirt be removed after it is in the quilt?

No. It would ruin the quilt. So please choose and mark your T-shirts carefully.

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Can the backing material be changed after the quilt is finished?

No. It would ruin the quilt.

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How can I hang my quilt?

There are many different ways to hang your T-shirt quilt, check out the "How to Hang a Quilt" page for more information.

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Can you use Minky backing material on a T-shirt quilt?

Minky material is a specific type of material that is thicker and furry. Read more about Minky backing here.

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Are T-shirts the only thing that can go into a T-shirt quilt?

No. There are any number of items that can be used in a T-shirt quilt. Some work better than others, but here is a list of some of the things that we have used...

*These items restrict washing options, may not have the long term durability of a T-shirt or may impose a risk of the dye bleeding. Consider the use of them carefully. If you send something that is unusable, we will return it with the quilt.

We also can use Tyvec race numbers in your quilt!Using these types of items can be a lot of fun. But some do require additional work that is not considered in the pricing of a quilt. Therefore, you can use five odd items in a quilt at no charge. For each additional item there will be a $2.50 charge. As we work on the quilt we will call you and talk about which items would have an additional charge.

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