Last Updated on September 16, 2022
If you are making a t-shirt quilt, the first thing you must do is wash it, preferably in cold water. Often, t-shirts have a tendency to get holes, which means that washing it after every wear and tear will reduce the number of holes. Use Fray Check to prevent holes from showing up in your quilt top. It is a clear fabric glue that you can buy at fabric stores. You can use it to keep buttons intact in your quilt.
Fabric for sashing/border/binding
The first step in assembling your quilt top is to cut the fabric for the sashing/border/binding. If you’re using fabric with a zigzag pattern, buy enough fabric to piece a border. Cut each border on the lengthwise grain parallel to the selvage edge. If you’re using a diagonal seam, cut the sashing with a 45 degree angle. It will be less noticeable than a straight seam. Layer both right sides together, and press them to one side. Then cut fabric for binding with a 3/8 to 1/2” seam allowance. Press open before sewing.
The sashing is the little journey between the quilt blocks. Often the sashing is spaced away from the border for aesthetic reasons, but sometimes it’s just a place for the eye to rest. This is especially true with the Quick as a Fox Quilt Along, which doesn’t require sashings. However, if you’d like a crazy busy quilt without a sashing, you can use a sashing-free method.
To determine the size of the fabric for the sashing/border/binding, use the quilt’s finished width as a guide. Remember that the finished sashing/border/binding strip will be trimmed from the fabric width. The same is true for the cornerstones. To achieve a contrasting effect, use fabrics that are slightly different in color or design. It’s best to choose colors and fabrics that complement each other, as the result of a quilt will look more attractive if it has multiple shades.
After your quilt top is complete, add the top and bottom borders, and baste it to the wadding or backing fabric. Then quilt it with a thread to ensure it doesn’t shift. Sashing can also help create a more complex quilt design, such as one with a lattice pattern. A lattice pattern with many different blocks can look amazing! With a bit of practice, you’ll soon be making quilts that wow!
The sashing/border/binding strips form an ornamental lattice between each T-shirt block. You’ll need two to four strips of fabric, each about 15″ long and two and a half inches wide. Use these strips as guides for cutting each square. Afterwards, sew the strips to the lower portion of the blocks. A post can be used to keep your blanket straight. If desired, you can use different shades of shading or lettering for the sashing/border/binding.
You can add a border with the same or different fabric as your quilt top. You can choose to use the cross-grain or lengthways grain when cutting the borders. It is your choice what type of border you want, but keep in mind that your quilt will be narrower when the border is wider than the top. Make sure to measure the side edge of your quilt so you can get a good measurement. You should measure at least 1 inch wider than the quilt top, but remember that the seam allowances will take up one inch of width.
Fabric for binding
When washing a t shirt quilt, it is important to follow a few basic steps. First, remember to always pre-wash the binding fabric before use. You can use a 2nd hand cotton sheet or you can buy striped fabric to create a fun binding. Be sure to follow the directions on the label to ensure that your quilt is clean when you are done. After washing, you should use the same method to sew the binding to the quilt top.
Next, make sure the batting and backing fabric are the same color and quality. Many quilting cotton fabrics are stretchy and will cause your t shirt quilt to lose its shape if you wash it. T-shirts, however, don’t have much stretch and do not stretch. Also, be sure to iron your t shirt quilt thoroughly before washing it. To maintain its look and feel, wash it carefully at least once before using it for the first time.
Lastly, make sure to keep the binding fabric separate from the t-shirt fabric. Some t-shirts have images that are close to the neck band, so you may want to add extra fabric to this area. Remember to press the seams with the right side of the quilting fabric and use a quarter-inch seam. The extra fabric can be placed on the top of the image area, on the sides, or all around. You won’t notice it when you’re washing it, so it is important to follow the directions on the label.
Once the blocks are assembled, you can sew the shirts together to create larger quilt blocks. You can then add sashing strips and borders to complete your quilt. You can also use interfacing to mix cottons and T-shirts. Be sure to wash your t-shirts separately and dry them thoroughly after washing to prevent them from shrinking or running. The next step is to separate the front and back of the shirt. This will prevent any large tears or holes from ruining the quilt. To make sure that your quilt is as sturdy as possible, you can also pre-wash it.
Next, you will need to add sashing strips between the rows. They should measure two inches wide and fifteen inches long. Once the rows of blocks are complete, stitch the sashing strips to the inside edges of each block and column. When you are done, make sure you press the finished quilt with the right side up. This will help your quilt stay together for many years. The fabric for the binding will need to be at least five inches larger than the finished rows.
Lastly, make sure to wash your t shirt quilt in a gentle cycle. The fabric for the binding should be dry-cleaned after every wash. The finished quilt should be dry-cleaned before use. Washing will remove any loose threads or binding. Then, use a mild soap to wash it. Then, hang it up to dry. You’ll have a beautiful T-shirt quilt.
Finally, when washing a t shirt quilt, you should choose a quality fabric for the batting. Choose a high quality 100% cotton fabric for the backing fabric. You’ll want to avoid a 50/50 blend as it will retain the texture of cotton but also prevent the fabric from pilling, which is a bunch of tiny fibers stuck to the surface. While 50/50 blends are cheap, they won’t make your quilt awesome.
After you’ve chosen your quilt’s design, you’ll need to decide where you’d like to place the binding. Most bindings are sewn with the wrong sides facing up. The binding strips should run along the right side of the quilt. Remember to sew the binding with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. To complete your quilt, you’ll need to iron the final piece of binding before attaching it to the front.
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