warning: photo heavy postHi there, friends! Thanks for sticking with me through part one of the t-shirt quilt tutorial. I’m back to show you how to take your t-shirts to a full-blown quilt! Ready?
(if you’re joining me for the first time today, go here to see part one of this tutorial)
step four: cut, pin, and sew your border
Decide on a color/pattern of fabric for the back of your quilt and the borders. This part is really up to you and your creativity. I went with a charcoal grey because it went well with all the t-shirts and when David and I get married and live together, he won’t feel girly snuggling with it on the couch!
Cut 3″ strips of charcoal fabric and sew them together to create the length you need for each side of your quilt (plus 3″ on each end).
line up the raw edges, pin the border to the t-shirt quilt top right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.
With the extra 3″ on each end, press a triangle by lining up the end raw edge to the top raw edge. Do this to both pieces of border and sew together at an angle starting at the corner of the t-shirts. And then trim. (See pictures below for a better idea of what I’m trying to describe!)
Should look like this when finished with the borders & corners:
step five: add your batting & “quilt” it
I used Warm & White brand 100% cotton batting for the middle portion of my quilt and got just enough to cover the inside (I actually had to sew together parts of it to make it big enough).
Line the raw edges of your batting to the wrong side of the t-shirts/border and pin. (I put pins in ever t-shirt square and around the edges every 5″-7″,
Then, sew around each t-shirt square to give it the “quilted” look and to secure the batting.
step five: add the back of your quilt & admire your work.
Use the 100% cotton fabric that you pre-washed, and line the raw edges all the way around your quilt (right sides together), pin, and sew a 1/4″ seam. You will have to sew two large pieces together so I would suggest doing this right down the middle. Leave about a 10″ opening for “turning.”
Turn your quilt and admire your beautiful work. But wait, you aren’t finished yet! You have that 10″ gaping hole to finish. And let me let you in on a little secret. I cheated. I used stitch witchery instead of whip-stitching or top-stitching. Yes, I was lazy & you can be too!
whew. I’m exhausted.
I’d love to see what you create & I really hope you find this tutorial really helpful!