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Turning old T-shirts into warm comforters

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If you have an abundance of T-shirts and don't know what to do with them. You can make them into a warm quilt. The T-shirts in the photo are a young man's collection from his middle school, high school and college days in the marching band. The trick is to lay them out as to placement and pinning tags on each square as to where if falls into the overall layout.

To begin this quilt you will roughly cut out the front or back of each T-shirt. Squaring each logo square will come after you have decided on the layout. You will need to use a measure of some sort in order to get each logo square the same size. Using a 12" x 12" clear measuring guide is very helpful.

Cut an iron on fusible light weight material into squares at least a one inch size larger than you desire the T-shirt squares to be, iron on the fusible material being sure that the T-shirt square is centered. This can be done by using pins from the back to the front. It is a time consuming project, but you must be careful as to the placement of the fusible material or your logo squares will be off center.

Once you have determined the layout and placement of the T-shirt squares, measured each square and ironed on the fusible material, you are ready to sew the squares together. Some quilters will use strips of fabric in a corresponding color to sew a binding around the T-shirt squares before stitching them together. Here is a video of how to make a T-shirt quilt without the binding. Whether you decide to sew the T-shirt logo squares together or bind them with fabric first is up to you. A light weight batting material is placed in between the quilt top and the backing. For this T-shirt quilt a light weight flannel will be used. When this project is complete it will be an heirloom to be passed down from one generation to another.



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