Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt

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October 10, 2020

Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - finished quiltRecycle old t-shirts into a colorful memory quilt.


Total Time: 15 hours

Yield: 1


  • 15 t-shirts
  • backing fabric
  • yarn
  • safety pins
  • large eye needle
  • thread
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • square template
Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - bag of old t-shirts


  1. Cut each t-shirt along the side seam, cutting out the arms. Lay the pieces flat. Pin a square template, depending on how big you want the squares, on top. My template is made out of some clear plastic I had. That way, when I pinned it onto the t-shirt I could see the placement so I could center the design on the t-shirt within the square. Cut out a square from both the front and the back of the t-shirt. You should have 30 squares. They will be used to make a quilt five squares wide by six squares long.
  2. Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - trimmed t-shirt ready to cut out the squares
    Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - plastic used for the template

  3. Lay out a design. Start pinning the edges of the t-shirts together, row by row. Sew. After all of the rows are sewn, begin attaching the rows together. Pin and sew until all the rows are sewn together.
  4. Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - squares of t- shirt fabric
    Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - pinned squares
  5. Measure the finished length and width to determine what size piece of fabric you will need to purchase for a backing. Place the quilt top on the bottom fabric. Pin with safety pins starting at the top and working your way down. Using yarn, thread a double strand of yarn, into the eye of a large needle. Tie a square knot in the corners of each square to hold the quilt layers in place and avoiding it from bulking.
  6. Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - backing pinned in place
    Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - using yarn to make square knots in the corners
    Tied T-Shirt Memory Quilt - closeup of double strand square knot

  7. When done, you are ready to hem. Because I used a knit backing and the t-shirts are knit, I don't worry about doing a finished hem and it looks just fine and is much more simple. Sew about l/2" from the edge all the way around the quilt. Remove safety pins and the quilt is complete.
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