Friday, August 26, 2011

T-shirt Quilt Tut




Do you guys remember the T-shirt quilt I made?
I know it was way long ago.

Here's a little picture to help get the brain juices flowin'!

Okay, remember now?
{Just nod your head and smile.
"Umhmmm, Jennie, I totally remember your cute little quilt."}
  

Great,
now that we are all on the same page let's move on.
I had Miss Shari come by and ask for a little tuttie on how I made it.
I have to admit, I'm feelin' a little nervous.
No, I am not Miss sewing queen of the Universe.
 I know quite a few of you are. Those of you who have mad sewing skills please leave the room. :)


{I do have to give props to my Momma. She sewed a lot while I was growing. I used to love watching her create. I still do. Thanks Mom for always listening to me as I talked your ear off over the hum of the machine. The best days ever :) }


 This post is for people who can sew a kinda straight line and who can cut with scissors without cutting off all of their fingers.
Oh, that's you....
High three sistah!
Won't you come and join me on my sewing a T-shirt quilt journey?
Okay, so no judging,
just kind thoughts from here on out.
Pinky swear?!

Here we go!
What you need:
Oh yeah, I brought out the big guns for this project.
This  is a fancy Fiskars rotary cutter.  I love it cause it cuts straight lines.
I found mine at Walmart.
If you don't have one, grab them scissors, you'll need them too!


Here's a full picture of the cutter. 
You will also need a mat to cut on top of if your using one of these. 



You'll need some flannel or "warm and cozy" fabric. 
We are using this as a batting.
 I used an old flannel sheet.


Old T-shirts



And obviously a sewing machine and pins.

How to make the quilt:
  • first: cut your shirts into squares. I cut mine into an 11in x12in square.  
Just cause. 
{Below is a picture of my template}
You make yours however big or small you'd like!


So, decide how big you want your quilt to be and
how many squares you will need to make it that big.
I know,
way too much Math!
Cut, cut
away your little squares until you have the amount you need.
Remember, watch out for those fingers! 


 As you can see, I cut right through both sides of the shirt,
all at once.
 You will end up with two squares. 
A front and a back.
Just make sure your template is lined up with whatever logo 
or picture you are trying to cut out. 



 I also used their old polo shirts from school. 
They are way too old to give away, but I hate to throw them away.
Here's to a new life little shirt!


Here they are all cut and fabulous...

  • Second: Cut out your flannel.  Use the same template you used to cut out  your shirts.  You need one piece for every set of squares you have.  It will be sandwiched between each front and back piece

  • Third: Make your TS & F sandwich. 
{T-shirt and flannel sandwich! yum!}
Pin them together.  Please take note: My pins are going the wrong way. 
Turn yours in, or your sewing machine will eat them!

FO REALZ!!


  • Fourth:  It's time to sew.  Each sandwich will get a big X sewn through the middle of it.  Just start at one corner and sew down to the other.
I have one line down in the picture below. 

 {My girlie sat at the table and talked to me as she played with her playdoh and I sewed away.
Making memories :) }
  •  Fifth: lay them out in the order you want them to go.
Pin them together.  With a small seam allowance on top with the right sides up.
Hope that makes sense!

Just look at the picture. 
 Pin it like this. 
Make sure you have all your sandwich layers in there.


  • Sixth: Sew your squares together. This time you will have to pay attention so all your seams are the same. I don't know exactly how far in I sewed them together.  Just eyeball it.  Make sure you have enough to cut little slits into later. I lined my edge up with this  piece of tape on my sewing machine. I knew as long as my edge was lined up to it I was going pretty straight.


 Here they are all sewn together!
I did 6 squares for each row.
  • seventh: MAN! This is one LOOOONNGG tuttie!
 PEEEUUUWW!


Cut your strings and then get to cutting the little slits along the seam. DO NOT cut all the way through the seam you sewed. You'll have a huge hole in your purdy quilt.



  •   eighth: Sew the rows together.  Repeat, until they are all sewn into one big fabulousness!
 Line the rows up square to square and pin them just like you did to the squares with a small seam allowance.
 


Oh and don't forget,  Snip, snip all along that seam too!

 Sew a small seam all the way around the edge of the quilt.
Then, you will snip around those edges to.
You will hate your scissors after this one!
Make sure your scissors are sharp.  Otherwise, one word,
Blisters!
Don't forget to throw it into the wash so all the snips can fray.
Here is our new row added to the rest of it's t-shirt friends.
Don't they look so happy together?!

I'm going to continue adding to the quilt I already made. 
I will keep adding rows until it's big enough to cover the whole bed!
Almost there!

UPDATE:

Here's a close up of the back. 
Pretty much the same as the front
except for NO frayed edges.




Hope this helps Miss Shari and anyone else who was wondering.
  Please email me or facebook me with any questions! 



Happy safe sewing! :)

  
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