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Custom T-Shirt Quilt

Want to create a one of a kind t-shirt quilt but have absolutely no sewing skills? Follow these easy steps to get your upcycled shirts prepared for someone else to sew them into your memory quilt.

Looking for a gift idea?

Or a way to keep memories in special way?

Custom t-shirt quilts are a perfect way to display a collection of shirts.

I’ve saved t-shirts over the years as my children grew up…you know the ones they just loved and wore all the time…or the shirts that held a memory of a special event…or even shirts worn for sports they played.

As they outgrew their clothes most were donated but during every purge of their dressers and closets, there were always a few that as I held them in my hands I just couldn’t part with them.

Those shirts went into a large bin in a storage closet.

t-shirts in large plastic bin

While at a home show years ago I visited a booth of a quilter.

She had created beautiful quilts with upcycled t-shirts and I instantly knew that’s what I wanted to do with all those shirts I had been saving.

But wow was it super expensive to have a handmade quilt created with the t-shirts.

I understand and absolutely appreciate the time and skill involved in making a quilt, but I just wasn’t able to spend that much money.

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How to Create a Custom T-Shirt Quilt

full view to t-shirt quilt

I did some research and found a company that made t-shirt quilts for a very reasonable price right here in the USA.

You can read all about Project Repat here.

I really loved the company’s story and mission, so I purchased my first quilt for my oldest son Jake as a graduation gift back in 2016.

And now, 4 years later as Gavin, my middle child is getting ready to graduate I’m creating my second quilt.

The company really makes it super easy for you with step by step instructions on their website.

This is not a sponsored post! I just wanted to share how I created a custom t-shirt quilt using Project Repat.

Not only does a t-shirt quilt make a great graduation gift it’s something that can be created for any occasion…birthday, anniversary…or just because.

Be creative!

I’m going to share how you can create a one of a kind quilt out of your upcycled t-shirts…

Gather Upcycled T-Shirts

piles of t-shirts on table

As the years went by, I had saved lots and lots of shirts, so when it was time to find shirts for Gavin’s quilt I had plenty to chose from.

Using t-shirts that I had saved throughout his childhood created a sentimental memory quilt that I’m sure he will love.

I included shirts he wore over and over as a little boy, uniform t-shirts from the sports he played, favorite professional sports team shirts, and more.

Each shirt holds a special memory.

Which T-Shirts to Include?

t-shirts folded in two rows on table

Each size quilt requires a certain number of t-shirts.

But don’t worry this information is all listed on the website.

Since I was creating a twin size quilt I needed 24 t-shirts.

After sorting through an entire bin of t-shirts for the ones I wanted to include, I lined them all up so I could measure them.

What Supplies Do You Need?

supplies on table to prepare t-shirts for shipping ruler, scissors, t-shirts and laptop

How to Measure Shirt Graphic

ruler laying on front of t-shirt measuring vertically

You can also choose your quilt panel size when deciding which quilt you want to purchase.

I went with a 12″x12″ panel.

You want to be sure that the graphic on the front of your shirt isn’t bigger than 12″.

Cutting Shirts for Quilt

hands with scissors cutting up side of t-shirt

According to the directions, I needed to cut the front from the back of each t-shirt.

The company requests the entire front of the shirt to be sure they have enough material to make each quilt square.

hand holding scissors and cutting t-shirt

The smaller the shirt the harder it is to get a square large enough for the quilt.

So you may not be able to use those tiny baby or toddler sized tees.

Shipping T-Shirts

stack of tshirts ready to be shipped

After I separated the front from the back of each t-shirt, I folded them to get ready to shipment.

Some t-shirts may have a graphic on the back that you want to use on your quilt so for those you would send both the front and back sides in and they will be used on two separate quilt squares.

But for the others you will just send in the side of the t-shirt you want to be used for your quilt.

Completed T-Shirt Quilt

woman holding up completed t-shirt quilt

This was the perfect way for me…just a mom without any sewing skills…to create a sentimental gift for my son’s graduation.

I can’t wait to give it to him!

close up of Project Repat tag on completed t-shirt quilt

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Dione Silver

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

My mommy saved me all shirts of my childhood. now I have got an idea from you that what should I do to those shirts. I will make them a new quilt shirt. this will also give me my childhood memories. I am so happy

Anne

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Hi Dione! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed this idea! That's so special that your mom saved all those shirts for you. Your quilt will be such a special reminder of your childhood! Thanks so much for reading our blog. Have a happy day!

Susan Nell

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

What an amazing way to remember your childhood and all of those special clubs, events, school and trips! Would love to do this for my son!

AnnMarie

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I'm sure you're son would love a t-shirt memory quilt! :)

Heldy

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

This would be such a great gift for my Senior daughter who is hopefully going away in the Fall to Swim in College!

AnnMarie

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Fingers crossed our seniors won't miss out on the experiences of going off to college this fall! I'm sure she would LOVE this quilt!

Jaime Tang

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Cool! I’d love to have this quilt for my daughter as a memory of all of her soccer jerseys. Such a cool graduation present someday soon.

AnnMarie

Monday 4th of May 2020

I bet your daughter would love to have a quilt with her soccer jerseys...these t-shirt quilts are amazingg!

Sharon Leahy

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I lost my son, Andrew at 18, tragically in a car accident. It’s been 6 1/2 years since he’s been gone. I had saved all his t-shirts to make a quilt for his high school graduation. He was gone before I made it. I vowed to still do it. Each year that passes I set a goal of trying to get it done. We recently moved and he has a room here too. I have to get it done before September 15th. It’s so emotional but I need to do it. This would help tremendously but even if I don’t win this might be what I need to do to get it done. It’s a terrible block. It’s so painful to even write this. Hold your babies tight and cherish this time you have with them. You never know when that last goodbye is really the last goodbye.

AnnMarie

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Oh Sharon sending hugs to you! Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I lost my brother when I was 12 and he was 10 years old...I couldn't imagine the pain my parents endured losing a child until I had children of my own. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Making a t-shirt quilt would be a beautiful tribute to your son.