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Updated February 22, 2019
T-Shirt Memory Quilt
T-Shirt Memory Quilt
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One of the most touching kinds of keepsake quilts is the t-shirt quilt you can turn practically any kind of old clothing into a one-of-a-kind quilt for someone special. The T-Shirt Memory Quilt shows you how to easily organize your t shirt quilt with pressing cloth to preserve any designs or logos. You can piece each little memory together with scrap quilt patterns, and before you know it, you'll have created a quilting keepsake that will last for years. Whether it's for a graduation, wedding, or just a crafty way to recycle clothing, these kinds of memory quilts are the ones you'll want to hang in your home the longest.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePieced

Easy

The Importance of Keepsake Quilting

To some, quilting is just a hobby, but keepsake quilting has more meaning behind it than standard quilting. Keepsake quilting has history and memories sewn inside every quilt pattern. You can make a keepsake or memory quilt out of almost anything. Perhaps your grandfather who passed away kept a collection of nice handkerchiefs that are still in good condition. Making a quilt out of these handkerchiefs will preserve his memory and remind you of your loved one. 

Keepsake quilting has touched my life. My mom decided to take all of my t-shirts from growing up, whether they were from soccer tournaments, mission trips, or other significant events in my life, and turn them into a keepsake quilt. Because most of these t-shirts were well worn, this is such a soft quilt to curl up with to read a good book or watch a movie. You can learn how to make a quilt like mine with the sewing tutorial above.

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So this was like brain gold to me. LOL! I have made several t-shirt quilts in the past both with and without sashing. I could never figure out how the ones like this one were pieced and this tutorial just explained it so well. I'm happy I saw this and now I know how to do it...you have to add borders to the t-shirt blocks! The ruler she used looks pretty neat too.

My mom made me a t-shirt quilt after high school to bring to college. It reminded me of home and was a real comfort while I was away. #BestIdeaEver

I just decided to make one of these the other day, I wasn't sure where to start and opened my email and there was a pattern! My dad was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and I am going to have each family member send me a t-shirt and I am going to make him a quilt to take to his treatments with him so he can feel our love surrounding him. Thanks for helping me with this project!!

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