Quilting can be intimidating and many people do not know how to make a patchwork quilt. Luckily, making a basic patchwork quilt doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be a great use for all the t-shirts that you want to preserve, but don’t wear. A t-shirt quilt is a casual, unexpected twist on the traditional patchwork quilt.
To make a patchwork quilt, you will need:
- A pile of clean t-shirts
- Fabric scissors
- A sewing machine
- Fusible interfacing
- An iron
- Thin quilt batting
- Fabric to use as a back
Collect your t-shirts. You will need a good collection of old t-shirts. The shirts for your patchwork quilt should be in good condition and clean. You can customize your quilt by using a certain color scheme or a specific shirt theme. Using your fabric scissors, cut a wide square out of each t-shirt to remove just the front part of the shirt, you will trim it to size in the next step.
Make the patches. Cut a 14 inch square of fusible interfacing, this will give the t-shirt fabric strength and durability. Iron the interfacing onto the back of each t-shirt. Next, cut each piece of fabric into a 13 inch square. These will be the patches on the front of your patchwork quilt.
Sew the patches together. Use your sewing machine to make seams on your squares. Fold over a quarter-inch on each side of the square and sew a straight line along the edge, this will even up the edges and prevent fraying. Next, arrange your squares in rows on the floor to make a rectangle or square. Start at one end and stitch the squares together evenly with your sewing machine. Be sure to work slowly to prevent any pulling or uneven rows.
Layer the quilt. Place your patchwork layer upside down on a clean surface. Cut the batting to size and lay it on top. Next, cut your backing fabric to size and lay it on top of the batting. Pin the three layers in place.
Finish your patchwork quilt. Using the machine with a strong needle or sewing by hand, stitch the three layers together. You will want to go around the entire edge and then make rows down the quilt. You can go by the squares or make smaller lines of stitches that will crisscross your patchwork squares. Remove your pins as you go. Your patchwork quilt is now ready to use and display.