T-shirt quilts make such nice gifts and serve as great reminders of fun times. Whether you are ready to retire some summer shirts or preparing to make a t-shirt quilt, these tips will help you get started!
Press, Don’t Iron
When applying Interfacing, press but don’t iron to keep shirt fibers from stretching (or, use a heat press). Also, since your iron has a triangular head, alternate it’s direction when pressing for good, overall adhesion.
Use a Pressing Cloth
Ironing screen printing on shirt fronts can damage the print. Use a pressing cloth if shirts need ironed.
Arrange Blocks Before Sewing
Use a bed, the floor, or back patio. It is much easier to get your arrangement just right if you lay out the blocks before sewing. Have fun with this process and play with different options.
Take a Photo
Once you have blocks arranged to your liking, take a photo with camera or phone. That gives you a visual reference when sewing the blocks together.
Use a Walking Foot
Because everything has a tendency to shift, use a walking foot when sewing your quarter-inch seams. Stitch with a 75/11 sharp, no need for a ballpoint needle.
Keep Shirt Back Pieces
Use a shirt back as a pressing cloth. That way, the steam can get through and work out wrinkles that may have set in over time.
You can also add embroidery to blank shirt blocks for unique personalization or to fill in where needed. Back pieces can also be used to build smaller pieces up to block size.
When adding sashing, press seams toward the sashing to eliminate bulk.
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