Let’s Get to Quilting!


Happy March! I recently embarked on a journey to make my own t-shirt quilt after I got the best gift of all time… a sewing machine! I had been wanting one for a while now so I could patch up some of my clothes instead of buying new stuff (money saving tip right there). But I quickly found out there are so many awesome projects you can do with a sewing machine!

Now, I am not the best sewer? seamstress? in any way, but I am a quick learner. I did my research on what I needed to start my own t-shirt quilt and consulted with my roommate, who was a fashion major in college. Then I bought all the tools to make my life easier despite this complicated project for a beginner. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

  • T-shirts
  • Interfacing
  • Fabric (for the fabric, I stuck with my high school’s colors – green, black, and silver/gray)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • 15×15 inch acrylic board
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

The first thing I did was cut all my high school t-shirts in half down the seams, so I could have both sides of the t-shirt available for use. Then I ironed the shirts and used the square 15×15 inch acrylic board to center the graphics and cut the t-shirt squares. After that, I used the same acrylic square to cut the interfacing that would go on the back of my t-shirt squares.


To give myself a break from cutting out squares all day, I started cutting out the strips of fabric that I would use as a border for the t-shirts. The last thing I have done up to this point in time is iron the interfacing on the back of my t-shirts.

I am sure you can find better instructions online, but I hope this gives a high level idea of what you’ll need to do in the beginning. I’ll keep you updated as I make progress on this t-shirt quilt, and hopefully, it turns out pretty nice.

Let me know if you have any questions about my process thus far!

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