Machine Minute: Secrets to Sewing T-Shirt Quilts
T-shirt quilts are a popular gift and a great way to preserve memories! Here are some tips to make your next T-shirt quilt easier.
Hi, I'm Linda, and today's Machine Minute is brought to you by Baby Lock and the Crescendo machine. T-shirt quilts are the topic today and we're going to give you some secrets on sewing an easy T-shirt quilt and having great success with it. You have two options when starting with T-shirt quilts. The first one is to do it all T-shirt quilt like this one is in front of me. Or some people prefer to make a T-shirt quilt and use cotton and woven fabric as their sashing or their setting squares. I like this style because I can use the front of the T-shirt and also use a motif that might be on the sleeve of the T-shirt or on the back of the T-shirt. I can use more of the T-shirts, really capturing memories. So, let's talk a little bit about the right kind of stabilizer to use on a T-shirt quilt. A T-shirt, as you know, stretches around your body, but stretches less in the length. Knit interfacing that's fusible has the same properties. It stretches more one direction and less the other direction. So you want to make sure that you're not putting the non-stretchy part against the non-stretchy part. You want to make sure that where it's stretching is going the same way as where it's most solid. That way, this stretch will be minimized, because it's going to have the interfacing on the back side that stretches less. And this direction that doesn't stretch much can have a little more stretch in the interfacing part. So that's the first thing you need to know is about the knit or tricot interfacing. Again it's fusible, you want to use the fusible and it does often come in both black and white, so if you have a lot of black T-shirts or dark T-shirts, you can go ahead and use the darker variety. The second type of interfacing that we recommend for T-shirt quilts is a woven interfacing. It's woven fabric much like a thin woven cotton fabric and it's got the fusible on the back, as well. Since you're attaching it to a knit, but it's woven, it's going to behave more like a woven cotton fabric, like you would typically use for quilting. It's great, as well. Again, it comes in black and white, and just keeps that T-shirt stable as you're working with it. What you don't want to use is a non-woven interfacing that's thicker and heavier. You want your quilt to have some drape and movement and be able to be wrapped around you. If you use a thick interfacing, it gets pretty stiff, so you'll want to avoid those. If you're sewing T-shirt to T-shirt, and if things are starting to misshape, you might want to try using a walking foot. It's main job is to match the feed of those feed dogs that are underneath moving the bottom fabric. And this will do the same thing, kind of feeding that fabric to move that top fabric evenly. So there they are, some great secrets to make sewing your T-shirt quilt easier and more fun.