How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Tee shirt quilts, also called memory quilts, are very popular gifts, especially for high school graduates!

Typically, teens have dozens of t-shirts that they have collected from concerts, sporting events, sports they played in school, vacations, trips, and many more places.  As most parents find, their graduate would not be caught wearing these old tee shirts to college!

But they don’t want to give them up either.  So what is the solution?  Quilting those t-shirts to make a wonderful tee shirt quilt to take to college with them! 

Learning how to make a tee shirt quilt will help you create a special gift that will preserve many warm memories. Learn more about repurposing tee shirts on our Recycle! Repurpose! Reuse TeeShirts page.

How do you make a t-shirt quilt step by step?

This page is full of great tutorials which give step by step instructions to create a fabulous t-shirt quilt.

Typically the steps are 1) stabilizing and cutting the T-shirt blocks, 2) resizing the blocks, 3) deciding how to piece the t-shirt quilt, 4) making a quilt sandwich, 5) machine quilt and 6) binding and labeling the quilt.

We here at have a wonderful six part series showing the step-by-step process of how to make a t-shirt quilt. This t-shirt transformation ruler is a helpful tool when making t-shirt quilts.

What type of interfacing do you use for a t-shirt quilt?

Interfacing will need to be used as a stabilizer for the tee-shirt quilt.  It is recommended using a light-weight fusible interfacing that won’t stretch out of shape.

Both woven and non-woven interfacing can be used for a t-shirt quilt.  Most quilters like to use Pellon Shape-Flex which is woven or Therm-o-Web Heat’n Bond which is a non-woven interfacing.

Scrolling down on this page, you will find many wonderful DIY T-shirt instructions showing how to make a nice keepsake quilt. Some instructions include sashing between the tee shirts.  Others have no sashing at all.

There are tutorials to make a t-shirt rag quilt, to make crazy t-shirt blocks, and quilts with both t-shirt blocks mixed with quilt blocks. There are several books on the subject of DIY T-shirt instructions as well.

Included in the links on this page are t-shirt quilt galleries which can be browsed to see many different types of tee shirt quilts.

Grab those t-shirts and get started on the perfect memory quilt gift for the high school graduate or anyone who wants to cherish the memories held by t-shirts!

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

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 How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Do you have piles of t-shirts around the house with sentimental value that you don't wear? Make a t-shirt quilt.

 The T-Shirt Quilt

The T-Shirt Quilt #ad

Design and Create Your Own Memory Quilt In One Weekend! This book is for anyone who has wants to make their own memory quilt, T-shirt quilt or scrapbook quilt. by Marie Anderson - Published 2019 Affiliate Link to Amazon

Basic T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial

This Baby Lock tutorial discusses making a very basic t-shirt quilt with no sashing between t-shirts, no batting, a microfleece (or other fabric) backing, and no binding. Baby Lock

Beachy T-Shirt Throw

This sand castle-inspired T-shirt throw pattern features tone-on-tone tans for the sand and ocean blues. All People Quilt

Beginner's Free T-Shirt Quilt Pattern

Here is a free T-Shirt Quilt tutorial designed by Nancy Wygle for Pellon Projects. Pellon Projects

Beginner's T-Shirt Quilt Guide

Colleen Fowler on Felt Magnet has a step-by-step quilt for beginners on how to make a t-shirt quilt. Felt Magnet

Collage Style T-Shirt Quilt

This Instructable by Whitney Fabre walks you through the creation of a collage-style t-shirt quilt top Instructables

Crazy T-Shirt Blocks

This tutorial discusses how to make crazy t-shirt quilt blocks. New Quilters

Designing T-Shirt Quilt

Learn how to design a better-looking t-shirt quilt here. New Quilters

DIY T-shirt Quilt (No Sewing)

Here are some tips for creating an easy, DIY t-shirt quilt. Artifact - A Southtree Blog

Double Sided T-Shirt Quilt

Do you have lots and lots of t-shirt? Repurpose them into a reversible t-shirt quilt. Crafting a Green World

Free T-shirt eBook

There are free quilt patterns and projects for all skill levels in this fantastic and fun eBook. Everyone can find something to quilt! Download it today. Fave Quilts

Free T-Shirt Pattern

This t-shirt quilt uses a shadow box design. Download the free pattern along with all the instructions for making the quilt. APQS

Making A T-Shirt Quilt

Making A T-Shirt Quilt #ad

Knowing how to make a t-shirt quilt is a fun and useful craft skill. Learn how with this tutorial. Affiliate Link to Fat Quarter Shop

Memory T-Shirt Quilt

For this t-shirt quilt, the t-shirts were sewn together without sashing. It's a quick and easy process. JMD Handmade

Quick and Easy T-shirt Quilt Tutorial

With these tips, design decisions and making instructions, learn how to make a quick and easy quilt with t-shirts. National Quilter's Circle

Quilting A T-Shirt Quilt

You have pieced the t-shirt quilt. Now, how do you quilt it? Here is a suggestion. Lori Kennedy Quilts

Quilting a T-Shirt Quilt Instructions and Hints

After piecing, how do you quilt a t-shirt quilt? In this article find some instructions and hints. Patchwork Posse

Quilting Styles For T-Shirt Quilt

What is the Best Quilting Style for Your T-shirt Quilt? Learn here... Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts

Stabilizing T-Shirt

How to stabilize the t-shirt before you make them into a quilt. New Quilters

Super Simple T-Shirt Quilt

For this simple quilt, no sashing, no batting and no interfacing were used. A really simple quilt that can be completed in no time. Creating My Way to Success

T-Shirt Quilt

Whether from concerts, sports teams, or other events, create a keepsake by turning favorite T-shirts into a memory-filled quilt. Sometimes t-shirt logos are different sizes. This t-shirt quilt top is assembled in seven vertical rows - four narrow and three wide. All People Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt

This post is a guide that will help you with how to make a quilt out of t-shirts. DIY T-shirt quilt top from start to finish. Rock Creek DIY

T-Shirt Quilt - Examples

Examples and ideas for T-shirt quilts. Campus Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 1: Stabilizing and Cutting T-Shirt Blocks

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 1: Stabilizing and Cutting T-Shirt Blocks

Learn how to cut the t-shirt apart, how to stabilize and how to cut the t-shirt into useable blocks.

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 2: Resizing a Block

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 2: Resizing a Block

Sometimes the dimensions of the t-shirt image will be to small for the project or you want to combined images together. Learn what you can do! By

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 3: Deciding How to Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 3: Deciding How to Quilt

This tutorial is about deciding how to quilt a T-shirt quilt - yourself or a professional long-arm quilter.

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 4: Quilt Sandwich

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 4: Quilt Sandwich

A quilt sandwich is made up of a quilt top, the batting and the quilt backing. This tutorial will show you how to sandwich the quilt with safety pins.

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 5: Machine Quilt a T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 5: Machine Quilt a T-Shirt Quilt

Learn how to machine quilt a t-shirt quilt or any quilt with straight-line quilting.

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 6: Binding and Labeling

T-Shirt Quilt - Part 6: Binding and Labeling

The final steps in making a t-shirt quilt or any quilt is:
* Binding the quilt
* Labeling the quilt
* Quilt Hanging Sleeve (optional)
Learn how to finish a quilt.

T-Shirt Quilt Baby Blanket

How to make a t-shirt baby quilt using upcycled t-shirts. Polka Dot Chair

T-Shirt Quilt How-To

For this t-shirt quilt, the t-shirts were sewn together into vertical rows with sashing between. Learn this and more. Tatertots and Jello

T-Shirt Quilt in 4 Easy Steps

The tutorial discusses the prep of t-shirts, cutting with Accuquilt cutter, sewing together and finishing. Memory Stitch

T-Shirt Quilt Inspiration

You'll find plenty of inspiration in this gallery that's packed with pictures of shirt quilts. The Spruce Crafts

T-shirt Quilt Instructions

Some basic, brief information on how to make a t-shirt quilt. Quilt Keepsake

T-Shirt Quilt Planner Kit by LCQ - 4 Page PDF - Instant Download

T-Shirt Quilt Planner Kit by LCQ - 4 Page PDF - Instant Download #ad

This t-shirt quilt planner kit today and will help you start organizing and planning your quilt! This 4 page PDF includes 100 tabs and a color graph to help document all of your t-shirt logos, keeping your organized along the way. Affiliate Link to LisaCapenQuilts Etsy Shop

T-Shirt Quilt Tips

5 Tips for a Terrific T-Shirt Quilt! Quiltscapes

T-Shirt Quilt Tips

The author of this article gives her opinion on what you don't want to do when making a t-shirt quilt. Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts

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