sew: new year project - t-shirt blanket!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pinterest has really inspired me to get stuff done, but the best part is when you can inspire your friends too!! The girls recently got together for a t-shirt blanket making party! The four of us went to college together and we were members of two different sororities, so it was a blast comparing t-shirts from our time in the greek system. 
Since we pulled pinspiration from here and here, we collected 20 t-shirts from concerts, runs, fundraisers and high school! We cut the t-shirts into 11 3/4" x 13 3/4" rectangles and laid them out to our preference (i.e. not too many blues together and separate those turkey trot run t-shirts).

Slowly but surely, the four of us used one sewing machine to sew all of the rows, and then press all of the seams.  

KR used fusible interfacing to each of her rectangles, while three of us fused our t-shirts to Fairfield Fusi-Boo quilt batting (follow instructions on the bag). We laid out the back fabric (two of us used flannel, while the other two used fleece), then the batting, and finally the t-shirts. With the protection of a tea towel between the iron and the t-shirts, steam the three layers. Miraculously, the fusible batting secures the three layers together!
Once the three layers were in place, we cut the excess fabric around the edges. We discussed how to finish the edges and the tutorials offer great suggestions, but since we fused our three layers, the only good option would be to use bias tape. And after my first attempt, I've decided to start over again with the edging ... not easy, that bias tape!!!


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  2. I love it. Such a wonderful idea:)

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  3. Hi! Found you on the Wallisfarm linky! Love this tshirt idea! :)

  4. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love the idea of taking twenty t-shirts and making a blanket. I have always wanted to make one for my daughter out of old school or camp t-shirts. Nice Work!

  5. I just LOVE this idea!! WOW!! Each blanket turned out perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  6. I've heard that these can be a pain because you are using knit, but they are so awesome! I will start saving shirts now for my kids!

    1. Diana, I thought the same thing and it can be a little tough with those worn down shirts. But most of our shirts were solid cotton that wasn't too hard to work with! Made the trouble squares easier to work with!! I would love to see your final blanket!

  7. I love this. I want (you) to do it with all my Nike Womens Marathon shirts!!

  8. I absolutely LOVE this!!! Thanks for linking up!

  9. I have read whole article and I enjoyed it a lot. Actually I got here some ideas, views and some ways how get prepared for some task. But actually i just love your way to make this cotton blanket.
    Thanks for the share and keep it up!!!

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  11. This is so great! I am actually working on sewing my own right now and have a question. When KR used fusible interfacing, did she iron the tshirts to another piece of fabric or what? And did she do each one separately or wait until she had them all sewn together?