T-Shirt Quilts – Space-saving Keepsakes

If you have drawers full of old t-shirts that hold sentimental value but you’re not wearing them anymore, it might be time for you to gather them up for a t-shirt quilt! A t-shirt quilt is a great way to consolidate any old t-shirt collection into a collection of memories that doesn’t take up all the space in your dresser. Clean out your closet, save some space for the clothes you do wear and create a lightweight, space-saving keepsake. Here are some ideas for different kinds of t-shirt quilts.

A memorial quilt – If you have a deceased loved one’s clothes and don’t wish to part with them, you can preserve your memories with a t-shirt quilt. Save the shirts that have the most sentimental value to you so that they can be turned into a functional, sentimental piece that won’t sit in a box in the back of your closet.

Children’s memories – Kids grow up so fast, and sometimes it’s hard to give away the sentimental t-shirts — that first trip to the beach souvenir, the Disney World vacation t-shirt, the elementary school spirit wear. Now you can get some function out of those old t-shirts and clear out space for your growing little one’s current wardrobe.

Concerts – If you’re an avid concert goer or festival lover, you probably have fond memories of all your t-shirts you purchased from various bands on tour. Concert t-shirts also cost a pretty penny, so you probably don’t want to just chuck these in the trash or the give-away pile. Preserve all your rocking memories by sewing them all together into a quilt.

Races – Runners know that the most important part of every race is getting your commemorative t-shirt. If you’re an avid runner, your dresser is probably overflowing with these race souvenirs. Remember all of your accomplishments while saving space in your closet.

Sports memorabilia – If you have a box full of your child’s old soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey or other sports jerseys, these would make a wonderful quilt of memories they could pass down to your grandchildren someday.
A family affair – Combine all of your favorite t-shirts with your family’s to build a quilt of memories you all can enjoy. Maybe you include a t-shirt mom brought the kids from a business trip or the t-shirt from a charity walk you all participated in together. Have fun going through old memories and choosing which t-shirts will go in your family quilt.

Selecting t-shirts for your quilt

Pick a color scheme for your t-shirt quilt and choose your shirts based on that color scheme. Analogous colors, or colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, make nice quilts. An example of an analogous color scheme would be blue, green and purple. Get creative and choose what suits your personality.

Let’s say you have all these t-shirts picked out, but you have zero quilting ability or interest in quilting. Don’t fret! I can help. Come to me with your box of t-shirts and your vision for a quilt and we can make it a reality! Not sure what you want? I can help you pick out the shirts that mean the most to you, match the colors and design something to be cherished for decades. Contact me today to get started!

-Teresa Giltner, Owner, MT Needleworks

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