Let’s talk about t-shirt quilts and address a few questions that are asked a lot! A quick search on the internet and you will find all kinds of t-shirts quilts at many different price points.
- What is the difference between a quilt and a blanket?
- Can you use other fabrics besides t-shirts?
- Can sweatshirts be used?
- Is interfacing really necessary?
- Are there different styles of t-shirt quilts?
- Is it easy to make a t-shirt quilt?
- Do all t-shirt quilts have boring solid colored backs?
- Does the batting really matter?
- Why do t shirt quilts cost so much?
- Is fleece ok for the backing?
Lots of questions and confusion about t-shirt quilts. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
- A quilt has 3 layers. The front, the batting, and the backing whereas a blanket has 2 layers. The 2 layers are the front and the back with no batting between the layers. Project Repat makes blankets. Blankets are easy and cheaper to make. The front and back are sewn together with no quilting stitches.
- Other types of fabric can be used in a t-shirt quilt. We can us pajamas, towels , lightweight jackets, etc. You need to consider if the t-shirt quilt will be washed a lot before you add certain clothing items like tutus or flags.
- Yes we use sweatshirts a lot. If there are thick patches we will have to quilt around them. Also really heavy sweatshirts can make weigh down parts of the t-shirt quilt.
- YES! Avoid t-shirt quilt makers who do not use interfacing. It is an added cost and some makers cut this step out. Adding interfacing to shirts make a flatter quilt and also if you have well worn shirts it extends their life.
- Everyone does not want the same style of t-shirt quilt. An experienced seamstress can make several styles . We offer the traditional style, mosaic style, and a budget friendly option.
- Anyone can make a tshirt quilt. To make a professional quilt you will need a lot of supplies. I think of it like this. I can paint my kitchen but I choose to pay a professional. The professional painter will do a much better job in a lot less time. They have the equipment needed that I do not have. In the long run I will be happier if I leave it to the professionals!
- We love beautiful fabric! Why would you not want beautiful fabric on the back of your t-shirt quilt?
- Yes the batting is a very important part of the tshirt quilt. Avoid quilters who use polyester. Polyester batting is cheaper and quilters can save a lot of money by using it. The thin polyester will not washwell and the thick polyester will make your t-shirt quilt stiff. Here is the polyester batting that CampusQuilt uses. It is so stiff!
- T-shirts quilt cost a lot. Yes they do! Prices for t-shirt quilts vary a lot. A lot depends on the quality of materials used in the quilt, the experience of the maker, and if they are operating as a business or making t-shirt quilts on the side. We use custom fabric in our quilts and premium batting. Quilts are professionally quilted on a long arm quilting machine. All work is done in our shop. We don’t send the quilts out to be quilted.
- Some t-shirt quilt makers do use fleece. Fleece is polyester. Fleece will also stretch. A couple washings and your quilt will be all stretched out!
Whew! That’s a lot of information. If you are interested in having a t-shirt quilt made here is our website with ordering instructions. Thanks-Vivian:)