TEE SHIRT QUILT POP
Kids love tee shirt quilts! They make great graduation gifts whether for kindergarten or college. It keeps memories alive not just for the person, but for generations to come. Can’t you just imagine sitting with your grandchildren and telling the story connected with that particular shirt.
You have decided to construct the quilt and have found the plastic bags full that have been stored on the basement shelf. What next?
1. Decide what theme you want to center the quilt around. It may be sports, music, vacations, marathons, etc. What did your child enjoy most? Sorority quilts are popular as are academic or you could do a combination to express the entire college career.
2. Fold the shirts showing the front and/or back designs and lay them out. The easiest way is to lay them on the floor to get a feeling for what shirts look best together. I recommend using either 9 or 12 shirts laying three across and either three or four down.
3. Next is the fun part of selecting colors and theme for the sashing, backing and binding. You can find a nice selection of licensed fabric from college and professional teams, you can use solid colors, prints or a combination of both or all. Let your imagination run free. I pick out the most colorful tee shirts and take them to the fabric store, then walk down the aisle matching colors. If you don’t feel comfortable choosing colors, google a color wheel to see what colors are across from each other. When choosing prints, find a color that is part of each piece of fabric. I like to use prints and solids. A solid color makes a great frame for your pieces. What type of fabric you use is up to you. I have uses anything from cotton to minky for a soft cuddly backing.
4. Embroidered motifs on the sashings adds a three dimensional look as does adding a name at the top. Here again, let your creative mind work.
Most important of all is to create a quilt that will bring a smile to the child’s face; and it doesn’t matter if that child is five or 25, everyone loves a tee shirt quilt. Imagine the joy this quilt will bring for generations to come.