Send them to school with memories from home

Graduation day is behind us, and those grown-up kids ready for college, work, or their first move from home are preparing to strike out on their own.

If you look back at that time in your own life, you might remember feeling excited—but also a little anxious—about starting life beyond home, sweet home. (Do I have pots and pans and soap and towels and plates and cups and, oh boy, what am I missing?) It takes time to make a new home, sweet home. If you have loved ones leaving the nest soon, there’s one way to give them a soft place to land: with a handmade quilt full of memories from you. And you can let a stack of their T-shirts become your muse!

Terrific T-Shirt QuiltsWith Terrific T-Shirt Quilts, creating a cuddly memory quilt is an easy task. The book explains the ins and outs of working with knits, figuring out how to cut apart shirts for the best use of the fabric, and how to combine shirt parts with quilting cottons for sashing, alternate blocks, or borders. You’ll even find tips for using mesh fabrics, screen-printed and iron-on designs, sweatshirts, and baby clothes. Plus, you’ll find 10 step-by-step projects that you can use as is or modify to fit the shirts you want to use. Take a look at a few quilts from the book that you can use as a starting point:

Go Zags t-shirt quilt
Thrill them with a custom quilt that celebrates their team colors.

Congrats Grad t-shirt quilt
Pack years of memories into a quilt made with T-shirts saved from childhood, plus scraps from pillowcases, curtains, and even flannel pajamas. This quilt is extra-long to fit a college dorm bed.

Tween Dreams t-shirt quilt
Collect a pile of T-shirts that have been outgrown. No matter the size of the motifs,
Terrific T-Shirt Quilts will teach you how to use strips and patchwork to make every T-shirt fit just right.

Want to learn more about Terrific T-Shirt Quilts?

What T-shirt quilt theme would be perfect for a loved one you know? Sports, music, extra-curricular activities, nature? Tell us in the comments!

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10 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I bought this book to make a t-shirt quilt for my granddaughter’s graduation after looking through several choices. Very thorough explanations and some cute ideas.

    —Chris on July 7, 2017
  • Sports for sure!

    —Carole on July 7, 2017
  • I’m an avid quilter, so everybody in town wanting a t-shirt quilt made from a family member’s collection corners me to ask I make them a quilt . Requests vary from H.S. sports, childhood memories, frat shirts, Harley rags to Red Cross blood donating…. Thought these quilts were the newest rage, and even made a few, but they’re really not my favorite project. I liken them to darning socks! Well I discovered the local quilt shop charges over $600 to make these quilts, hence my popularity. Hmmm. Now I only make these quilts for my very favorite people, and now I’ll refer the others to this book! Maybe I should buy a dozen to have ready…..

    —Marianne on July 7, 2017
  • I might add…. THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING THIS WONDERFUL BOOK…. The ideas and graphics are awesome!

    We love hearing that, Marianne, thank you! –Jenny

    —Marianne on July 7, 2017
  • Bands … does having a bag full of t-shirts from various bands count as a work-in-progress for my son’s promised quilt? Since 2001?

    —bookboxer on July 7, 2017
  • My theme would be school sports.

    —Frances Claassens on July 7, 2017
  • I just made a T-shirt quilt for our granddaughter from her band shits.

    —Becky Whitehead on July 7, 2017
  • I agree with Marianne, not my favorite thing to do. Quilting t-shirt quilts for others falls into second place. You have to be really careful at that. I found that using a fat bat and tying is the best way to finish them..

    —shirley marvin on July 8, 2017
  • Graduation for my granddaughter next year. A t-shirt quilt with all of her sport shirts would be perfect.

    kathy on July 8, 2017
  • I agree making these quilts is like watching paint dry. I made the first one for our son, with no interruptions, took most of my winter. Now there is another started for our daughter, all the pieces are resting in a box for 5 years now and tee shirts resting in another for quilt three. What I could do with that book would be to get with it and finishing those quilts. I will add that tying these quilts will work best.

    —Althea Klosterman on July 10, 2017

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