Graduation T-shirt quilts are an excellent way to save all the T-shirts collected during school that will never be worn after graduation. Here is some information about having a T-shirt quilt made for a graduation. For even more information, you can download our free T-shirt quilt buyers guide...
You need to give us at least 8 weeks to make your quilt. But if there is less than 8 weeks until you need your quilt, call or e-mail us and see if there is still time for us to make your quilt.
These T-shirts are generally collected by the parents. Over a number of months or years, Mom or Dad “disappear” T-shirts from the laundry for the quilt. Although it is wonderful to surprise the graduate with a quilt, sometimes working with the students will produce a better quilt with more of the T-shirts the student wants. Also, the student may be willing to part with more T-shirts than you could otherwise collect.
Note: Not all graduation quilts are made with school related T-shirts. In the photo above, this graduate's mom made his quilt from his collection of Superman T-shirts.
If you are short on T-shirts, considering asking aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends to donate a T-shirt that holds a memory for the student. Rest assured that the younger brother or sister will not be short on T-shirts when it is their turn to graduate. They will start saving their T-shirts the minute they see their sibling’s quilt.
Which ever direction you choose, your graduate will be wowed by his/her quilt. If you would like to talk about the quilt ahead of time and still have it a surprise, you can tell your graduate that you would like to do something with his/her T-shirts and ask for his/her input about which T-shirts and what colors he/she likes. He/She still will be surprised and crazy about his/her quilt. Some parents show their kids this web site and others just talk about a project in general.
Our experience says no for the following reasons...
If you would like the quilt to fit a long dorm bed and be useful after dorm life, we suggest a quilt that is 80" x 88" (Estimated 35 to 45 T-shirts). This is long enough for a longer bed, but wide enough that it will be usable on other beds in the future.