In tatters

swim t-shirt quilt
The t-shirt quilt I made for my son one month before he went to college.

I don’t sew. But I saw a youtube video on how to make a t-shirt quilt. I thought it would be a fun thing to do with the dozens of t-shirts my kids got during their lifetime of swimming. The team had shirts. They’d get t-shirts at big meets. Swim t-shirts were breeding in our closets.

I mentioned it to my son and he thought it was an excellent idea! I promptly forgot about it. A month before he left home he reminded me I had better get started on the quilt.

The last time I visited the kids was in February. My son’s girlfriend had asked if I could fix the quilt. I said sure — without looking at it. I brought it home with me in a duffle bag.

Quilt in tatters.
The quilt is now in tatters.

Yikes. What can I do to save this?

I made a quilt for my daughter when she went off to college, too. Then there were still an abundance of Piranha Swim Team of Palm Springs t-shirts hanging out in drawers and closets that I made a third quilt. I made it for my daughter but she doesn’t have room for it, and didn’t particularly like it. She gave it back to me.

I’ve decided to give this one to my son — after I cover up a few of my daughter’s squares, with ones I salvaged from his tattered and torn quilt.

t-shirt quilt.
The third t-shirt quilt I made.

Do you have a supply of t-shirts that you don’t know what to do with? If so, click on this LINK to make a t-shirt quilt. If I can do it, you can too. Like I said, I didn’t know how to sew when I started the first one.

What sewing have you done in your life?

16 thoughts on “In tatters

  1. I have a container full of t-shirts and scraps of other clothes that the kids had and I was going to do the same thing but it sits under my bed and has for oh, 10, 15, 20 years? LOL

  2. I am making my first quilt at 75. I do not like to sew but wanted to be apart of a group of women who do quilt so, I am half way done. I will put a picture of it when I am done.

    • That’s amazing! I learned a lot from my husband’s aunt. My daughter and I stayed with her for a couple days and she taught us the basics and took us shopping for supplies.

  3. You did a great job! I’ve heard of these quilts – some of my friends have made them. We’re past the time of having so many sports t-shirts in the house – usually they were worn a lot then handed down to the next brother. I’m wondering what setting your son used to wash that quilt!

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