How to Make a Simple T-shirt Quilt

By: Lisa Nelsen-Woods for condoblues.com
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If you've got a drawer full of old t-shirts at home and don't know what to do with them, don't throw them out! You can turn your old tees into fun DIY home decor with this tutorial for How to Make a Simple T-Shirt Quilt. This easy quilting tutorial will teach you how to make a simple recycled t-shirt quilt with 12 x 12 inch t-shirt blocks. You don't have to be intimdated by making a t-shirt quilt because these directions make t-shirt quilts quick and easy even for an inexperienced quilter. This t-shirt quilt is made without binding and can be easily adapted to fit any size bed. Forget about taking your precious tees to a consignment shop and save your shirts with this incredibly thrifty quilting idea.

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T-shirt quilts are one of the most popular types of "memory quilts" out there. After all, few things are more sentimental than your old soccer jersey, the concert tee you got from your favorite live show, or the shirt you picked up from that unforgettably fun night in that unforgettably fun place. Learning how to make a t shirt quilt is one of the easier quilting skills to pick up, because unlike traditional quilts, there doesn't have to be elaborate cutting or fancy footwork involved. Additionally, t-shirt quilts are often used as a source of therapeutic comfort. Many patients who are facing an extended stay in a hospital or are transitioning into a nursing home use the comfort and familiarity of t-shirt quilts to ease the transition.

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