Whilst away, I received numerous enquiries about T-shirt quilts and quilts made from clothes. I think people believe that, because they are made from recycled materials, they will be cheap. Unfortunately this is not the case. The ‘free’ material is more than outweighed by man-hours required to make up the quilt. The logo has to be ‘fussy cut’ (which often generates different sized pieces) and then since T-shirt material is stretchy, each patch has to be stabilised by backing it with interfacing. Only then can the quilt be assembled, sandwiched, quilted and bound. A T-shirt quilt, using 16 T-shirts from which 12″ patches can be cut, and measuring 125cm x 125cm would cost approximately $300 + P&P. Beware, T-shirt quilts end up quite heavy so big ones can become very unwieldy! The example shown below was nearly 3 times that cost since it was big with different sized patches!
If you want a cost estimate for your T-shirt quilt, please contact me with required size and number of T-shirts to be included.
If you have a bag of sentimental pieces of washable clothing (excluding wooly jumpers which unravel!), an alternative approach is to include appliqué pieces into a ‘Tree of Life’ quilt. A small sample is shown below. If such a quilt is of interest to you, please contact me for a cost estimate, again giving the required size and numbers of clothing pieces you wish to include.