My First Tee Shirt Quilt

I've been wanting to make a tee shirt quilt for AGES, and I finally got around to it!

I dug out the plastic garbage sack full of old, sentimental tee shirts left in the garage, and after reading various, conflicting instructions online, got to it!

Cutting into the first few shirts was actually REALLY hard...I mean, what if I messed it up? I'll NEVER get this shirt back! This is my HISTORY, here!

But then, after a while, I started cutting with reckless abandon - kind of empowering, actually. :-)

I backed all the shirts with fusible interfacing to keep them sturdy, and used a fuzzy flannel as the sashing and the back (solid black). I love how it turned out, but man it was a bitch to sew! Still, I'm really pleased!

If you've known me for a while (i.e. college or before) you probably recognize quite a selection of the shirts - and now I'll always have them as a good reminder, rather than rotting in an attic somewhere. What a cool project!

What do you think?

Tee Shirt Quilt


Jalehlabad said...

This is a fabulous idea! I am always wondering what to do with all of my old tshirts. Too bad I don't know how to quilt.

Anonymous said...

It looks terrific! I would love to do this, too, with some of my "souvenir of youth" T-shirts ... but unfortunately, I'm with Jalehlabad -- I haven't got the first clue about quilting.

So, will you hang this quilt as art, or use it as a bed cover?

Marissa said...

I wasn't sure what I was doing, so I downloaded instructions online. It's mostly just sewing pieces together - I didn't "quilt" it (just used thread ties in between squares).

Mostly, I'm leaving it on the couch and using it to snuggle up with. Also good for picnics on my back porch and I'm sure it would be excellent in making a fort or tent inside. :-)

Thanks for the compliments, ladies!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marissa: Carrie was showing me your quilts and I wanted to tell you these are absolutely beautiful. I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into quilting. Great job!

Marissa said...

Awww....thanks, Norene! I haven't made a quilt in a while, but I'm waiting to get bitten by the bug for a new project! :-)