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From: only4gss2003
Date: 08-08-2006, 05:07 PM (1 of 5)
Hi everyone. I'm new to sewing and my fiance just bought me a sewing machine. I'd like to let him know how much I appreciate him by making him a quilt/blanket from his softball tshirts. (he is 49 and still plays 3 times a week, so you can imagine how many tshirts he has accumulated over the years). Can anyone give me advice on the best way to cut/sew this for him. Thanks abunch!
User: only4gss2003
Member since: 04-24-2006
Total posts: 3
From: HeyJudee
Date: 08-08-2006, 06:20 PM (2 of 5)
Hi and welcome to SWN. I've never made one, but googled and came up with these links re patterns. Hope this helps and good luck!,,HGTV_3302_1380498,00.html
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: only4gss2003
Date: 08-08-2006, 07:53 PM (3 of 5)
Wow, thanks. I will really enjoy doing this (especially when my daughter goes back to school...yeahhhh!). You were very helpful Heyjudee :up:
User: only4gss2003
Member since: 04-24-2006
Total posts: 3
From: Laurie H
Date: 08-22-2006, 03:26 PM (4 of 5)
I've made a couple of t-shirt quilts. Just remember to stablize the t-shirts you use by fusing lightweight interfacing to the back of the t-shirt. When I made mine, I carefully cut out the area, the seam allowance and plus a little extra, then used the interfacing. I made sure to lightweight interfacing because I really didn't want to add much weight to the t-shirts since I was using cotton fabric for the rest of the quilt.

I made one t-shirt quilt for my husband out of his hot rod shirts and another for a lady I work with for her daughter when she she graduated. Both turned out really nice.
User: Laurie H
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 40
From: Patty22
Date: 08-23-2006, 11:22 AM (5 of 5)
I made a t-shirt quilt out of running shirts for my son. Listen to Laurie as stabilizing the t-shirt area is very important as well as getting the right interfacing (one that is for knits works best as it is flexible and won't be stiff in the quilt).

With my son's quilt I took flannel blocks from an old online swap and mixed those in with the t-shirt blocks. For areas that still needed filling I just took blocks that weren't as nice from the swap and whacked them up to fit the area I needed to fill. This made for a very scrappy quilt and across the top I machine appliqued the words "Proven Harrier." I backed it in flannel and machine quilted it. It is a great soft quilt and the flannel worked well with the t-shirt fabrics.

Ohhhhhhhh.......a new sewing machine for a quilt. I'd consider that a pretty good exchange. :nah:

Oh, and my DH had 75 running T-shirts in his closet the last time I cleaned them up and out. I think it is a guy thing.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
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