DIY: T-Shirt Quilt Part Two (of two)

warning: photo heavy postHi there, friends! Thanks for sticking with me through part one of the t-shirt quilt tutorial. I’m back to show you how to take your t-shirts to a full-blown quilt! Ready?
let’s go.
(if you’re joining me for the first time today, go here to see part one of this tutorial)
step four: cut, pin, and sew your border
Decide on a color/pattern of fabric for the back of your quilt and the borders. This part is really up to you and your creativity. I went with a charcoal grey because it went well with all the t-shirts and when David and I get married and live together, he won’t feel girly snuggling with it on the couch!
Cut 3″ strips of charcoal fabric and sew them together to create the length you need for each side of your quilt (plus 3″ on each end).
line up the raw edges, pin the border to the t-shirt quilt top right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.
With the extra 3″ on each end, press a triangle by lining up the end raw edge to the top raw edge. Do this to both pieces of border and sew together at an angle starting at the corner of the t-shirts. And then trim. (See pictures below for a better idea of what I’m trying to describe!)

Should look like this when finished with the borders & corners:
step five: add your batting & “quilt” it
I used Warm & White brand 100% cotton batting for the middle portion of my quilt and got just enough to cover the inside (I actually had to sew together parts of it to make it big enough).
Line the raw edges of your batting to the wrong side of the t-shirts/border and pin. (I put pins in ever t-shirt square and around the edges every 5″-7″,

Then, sew around each t-shirt square to give it the “quilted” look and to secure the batting.
step five: add the back of your quilt & admire your work.
Use the 100% cotton fabric that you pre-washed, and line the raw edges all the way around your quilt (right sides together), pin, and sew a 1/4″ seam. You will have to sew two large pieces together so I would suggest doing this right down the middle. Leave about a 10″ opening for “turning.”
Turn your quilt and admire your beautiful work. But wait, you aren’t finished yet! You have that 10″ gaping hole to finish. And let me let you in on a little secret. I cheated. I used stitch witchery instead of whip-stitching or top-stitching. Yes, I was lazy & you can be too!
whew. I’m exhausted.
I’d love to see what you create & I really hope you find this tutorial really helpful! 🙂

27 thoughts on “DIY: T-Shirt Quilt Part Two (of two)

  1. alright so i’m finally giving this a go. i have a question though on the quilting part i guess. could i attach the batting and the back before sewing around all of the tees? that way the back and the front would have stitching, making a really quilted look. or is this just crazy? i’m still new to quilting, so it may not be achievable……

  2. Ashlee– yes, I think you can do that! I didn’t want mine to be like a “quilt” so I didn’t but it should turn out perfectly fine that way!

    also, read this post ( and set up your email to link with your name. that way when you post comments, I (or whoever else) can email you back with the answers to your questions! 🙂

    let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. I love this idea I might do it as a wedding gift in the future for my boyfriend and I. With all of the t-shirts that he bought me or I bought him and maybe one’s that bring special memories =) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have wanted to try making a t-shirt quilt and until I found your tutorial I was too intimidated to start. Thank you so much for posting it, all the pictures really help! I can’t wait to start!

  5. I have a question.. first of all I love your tutorial! I am at the last part where you add the back to the quilt? Do I have to sew two pieces together in the middle or if I have a sheet that is big enough can I just sew the edges?

  6. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. My son and his wife gave me a pile of tee shirts and requested a quilt out of them. I put them away for a year feeling totally overwhelmed. I have made a lot of trip around the world quilts using a technique similar to this one, so once I got started (with your help), I got it done pretty quickly. I used 36 tee shirts, a 4-inch border all around it, and a flat queen sheet as the backing, so I think I’m going to zip around the border through all the layers on my sewing machine for a little stability. Thanks again! You were a big help with my project!

  7. I love this! I just have one question (This is my first time quilting!): when you are putting in the batting, did you just go around the tshirt squares? The batting that I bought says to quilt 3″-6″ apart. Thank you for this awesome tutorial!! 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I’m making a quilt for my mom and she’s normally my sewing guide. The portion on the edges was particularly helpful.

  9. Thanks for taking the time to create the tutorial. I’m wondering what type of fabric was the charcoal grey backing? Is it a knit or cotton? I couldn’t tell from the photo. Would you recommend a flannel? What type of fabric would you suggest?

  10. Hi Caroline! I was wondering what you thought about using a thicker blanket as the backing instead of cotton fabric. Could you eliminate using batting that way? I’m about to start making mine and am so nervous to mess up!


    1. hmmmm possibly, but i would do it the way listed so it holds up. you don’t know how long the fibers will last in an old quilt =) You may consider just completing the quilt top and hire a professional long arm quilter to do the rest.

  11. Hi, thanks for this tutorial – it has been so very helpful! Question on the batting … is it necessary to sew around each square or a matter of preference?

    Thank you!

  12. Hi,

    Thank you so much for this DIY. It was my first time quilting (and even sewing) and I am so pleased with the way my T-shirts turned out. Great instructions and use of pictures, I was able to follow right along. 🙂

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