Superhero T-Shirt Quilt Made From Old Kids Shirts
A Gift Made For Dad From Recycled Materials And Lots Of Love
Our t-shirt superhero quilt has become the focal point of our living room. My boys love it because it is full of their favorite superheros: Spider-man, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, Batman, Power Rangers and Transformers. My husband loves it because it was made from love by his boys, just for him.
The superhero t-shirt quilt first came about when I was talking to my boys about what they wanted to get their dad for Christmas. My middle son promptly went and got his favorite old t-shirt that he just outgrown and planned to wrap it up for daddy. Then my other two boys went to get their old superhero shirts to give to daddy, too. At that point it obvious that we had many old superhero shirts that the boys had outgrown.
Together it was decided that since they could not wear the shirts, we would make something out of them that Dad would like. Thus the superhero quilt made from old comic t-shirts was planned out and made.
Make Your T-Shirt Quilt With Love
I am not a great seamstress or any sort of quilter, but the quilt was put together with love and will be cherished for years to come. So if you want to put your own quilt together do not worry about not being able to do it perfectly, its all about the love you put into it.
Make A T-shirt Quilt In One Day - How I Learned How to Make A T-Shirt Quilt Fast
This is my favorite book about making a t-shirt quilt. I am not a quilter nor do I expect a museum worthy master piece. This book was a great help in teaching me how to make my quilt fast and effectively in less then a days time. Very much worth the small cost.
It Takes All Kinds To Be Superheroes - Don't Leave Out The Little Guys
With my kids being superhero fanatics we had no trouble finding lots of old shirts to recycle to make a superhero t-shirt quilt. Although we did add a few characters that my kids thought their dad would like, superhero or not. If you lack in superhero t-shirts consider sewing in blank squares or using other fun old shirts that might tie in with your theme. You could also draw on blank quilt blocks or use sew on patches.
Things You May Need To Make A T-Shirt Quilt - Superhero T-Shirt Quilt Made From Old Kids Shirts
- Old T-shirts (At least twelve, but it really depends on how large you want to make your blanket.)
- Sewing Machine
- Thick Thread
- Non woven fusible interfacing.The interfacing is to make the t-shirt material easier to work with and makes the quilt withstand washing a lot better.
- Piece of fabric for back of quilt. Needs to be a little longer and wider then quilt. Flat sheets that are in good shape and match design works great.
- Quilt batting. This is to help make the quilt comfy, I use a thin old blanket instead of buying quilt batting.
All Ready Made Super Hero Quilts And Blankets
Get creative when designing your quilt. Add patches, draw your own superhero or use iron-ons.......
More Iron Ons and Patches
How Many Shirts Do I Need?
12 t-shirts can make a throw size.
20 t-shirts can make a twin size.
30 t- shirts can make a full size.
36 t-shirts can make a queen size.
42 t-shirts can make a king size.
(All sizes of quilts will vary based on size of blocks and borders used)
(Quilts without borders may use twice as many t-shirts)
How To Make A T-Shirt Quilt - Free Basic T-Shirt Quilt Instructions
There are so many ways to make a t-shirt quilt. A t-shirt quilt can be a simple square quilt or it can become a work of art with various sizes of "blocks". The directions below or for a very simple block pattern and can be tweaked to create many types of t-shirt quilts.
- Determine how large of quilt you want to make. Figure out if you want your t-shirt quilt to go on a specific bed, be a throw or be a wall hanging.
- Gather all t-shirts and material you want to use on your quilt. Wash them but forgo the fabric softener. Make sure to mend any shirts as needed before it becomes part of a quilt. Back of shirts should be separated from front of shirts and ironed as needed.
- Stack the old t-shirts you plan to use by shape and size. If your mixing adult t-shirts with child size t-shirts it is possible to cut one adult block to the size of two child blocks.
- Determine is you want to add a border around your t-shirts. I only sewed a boarder around the middle image and just sewed the other t-shirt together. Figuring out your borders and where you want them will help you determine how many t-shirts you need for your quilt.
- Cut out cardboard template that matches the square size you want to use, if using squares.
- Cut you squares and shapes carefully. Use the template as a guide, but remember it is better to measure twice and cut once.
- Apply fusible non-stretch interfacing under each T-shirt image so the edges does not curl. Cut the interfacing about two inches past the quilt square. Be aware when using interfacing to get all wrinkles out before it drys, afterward it will not come out.
- Before sewing everything together lay it on the floor to get a good look on how it will turn out.
- Sew each square to the next one, forming rows. Add border if desired.
- Prepare the backing by cleaning it and cutting it to size. I used an old sheet but you could also buy fabric to match your quilt. Sew the quilt top to the backing but leave top open.
- Put your batting into your quilt. I used a old thin quilt instead of the usual batting to avoid cost and to teach the kids about recycling and reusing.
- Finish your quilt. You can use a tying method or u can quilt it together. The most popular method is tying but if your looking for a quilt that will last many years to come you may want to consider having it quilted by a professional.
Use Transfer Paper To Add Photos or Drawings To Your Quilt
On my next quilt I plan on adding a few more personal touches on the quilt such as adding photos of my boys dressed in their super hero costumes and their drawings of their own super heroes.
Resources For Making and Finishing A T-Shirt Quilt - Learn How To Finish a Quilt With T-Shirt Material
- How to make a Tee Shirt quilt Guide
A complete guide on how to make t-shirt quilts at home without sewing experience.
- How to Bind a Quilt
I have to admit that binding a quilt was new to me. This guide on binding a quilt helped tremendously.
- Fabric Requirements for T-shirt Quilts
Have questions about what kind of material to use for a t-shirt quilt. This is the resource you need.
Pick The Right Center Piece For Your Quilt
My boys may have many heroes but their dad is their number one hero of all times. For my boys it made sense to add their dad to a quilt made of superheros and make it the focal point of the quilt.
Fun Fabric Backing For A Superhero Quilt
I used a old blanket for my quilt but you can also use fabric. Below is some cool fabric that would look awesome on the back of a superhero quilt.
What Do You Do With A T-shirt Quilt?
This Superhero T-shirt quilt gets lots of use on a daily basis. It's home is on the couch and it is everyone's favorite blanket to use for any occasion. When talking to other crafters or do it yourselfers they suggest hanging the quilt on the wall or put it somewhere where it will not be used, so it will last longer.
While this quilt will be used till its beyond rags, I do see the advantages of keeping the memories preserved.
If you made a quilt out of your kids old t-shirts what would you do with it?
More Superhero Quilt Ideas
Super hero quilts can be a great gift from a kid to a parent or it can be a great gift to a kid. There are tons of superhero t shirt quilt and block quilt ideas out there that even a new seamstress could tackle. Below are a few links to articles that showcase other superhero blankets and throws.
- It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Super-Quilt from the Past - CraftStylish
This is a cool home made super hero blanket with hand drawn superheros drawn from quilt pens. This idea could also be use in combination with t-shirt quilt blocks.
- Super Cute Super Hero Quilt
This superhero quilt is super cute but it is probably more for the advance quilter. But the best part of the quilt is the backing is made out of baby receiving blankets. sewing old baby receiving blankets together to make a the back of your quilt cou
- Batman quilt - square in a square
This is a photo of a batman quilt made from scratch. This photo gives all sorts of ideas on creating a new design when I get more superhero t-shirts.
After having such a great time with this project and have fellen in love with doing craft projects with old t-shirt, I have searched with other projects to do. My next project in mind is the Patchwork T-shirt Scarf.