Sweatshirts can be recycled to make good quilts. They are warm enough that just a backing rather than adding batting may be sufficiently warm if a lightweight quilt is desired. I often alternate sweatshirt materials with jean material. At a thrift store look for 2X and 3X sizes as they have a lot of material in them. You might want to cut around lettering and pictures on the shirts. I prefer buying plain shirts if I can find them.
By halstein from Valley City, ND
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By lkaserman 07/13/2011
I did this with some of my late mom's old sweatshirts and some of my fave tshirts. There are bunches of places online that will do it for you - for $200 or more. I did some research online and got a couple basic quilters books and did it myself. pretty easy!
By Karen 07/13/2011
How about a picture of these quilts? Sounds like agreat idea and project.
By Linda 07/07/2010
I saw this idea last year on Rules of Engagement. Her husband had stacks and stacks of old tees and sweats from his high school and college days plus sports events and music concerts. He refused to part with them because of the memories.
She cut out the tee/sweat fronts and made a quilt for their bed. I thought it was a great idea and have a box full of shirts from all the places I visited on vacations that I plan on doing the same thing with.
Of course the TV show had to have a joke. Her husband loved the quilt but then he sat up all night every night pointing to each square and telling her stories about it. LOL. She had to put the quilt in their spare bedroom so she could get some sleep. :)
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I have many sweatshirts that are in good condition that I would like to recycle. I have made a quilt from t-shirts but thought the sweatshirts would be too heavy. Has anyone made a quilt from sweatshirts?
Connie from ND
Also you could use them patched together as throws over furniture when you have younger children. That is to be our next project - as soon as we have enough old sweats to use! (06/15/2004)