It took me three years to finally finish my t-shirt memory quilt blanket. It started when I cleared out my closet and I couldn't let go of the shirts because I love each and every one of them. They held 15 years of happy memories. Good thing I did some research before I started working on it because there's no second chances on the material I used.
Here's a step by step video on how I made it:
border fabric (I used the same fabric for the binding)
accent fabric (4 colors)
backing fabric (I used flannel)
lots of pins, safety pins and clips
Step 1: Determine first the size of the blanket you want to make. Then draw how you want it to look, best to include the size of each piece to help you know how many tshirts you need and how much fabric you need.
Step 2: Cut the shirts. I used a 12.5" x 12.5" square ruler to make my life easier. Then iron on fusible interfacing. This will make the shirt stable.
Step 3: Cut the binding.
Step 4: Sew the vertical bindings by row.
Step 5: Prepare the accent pieces.
Step 6: Piece together the horizontal border by row. Then add to the bottom of each row. Remove the excess interfacing.
Step 7: Add the horizontal border by row. You can opt to quilt the border at this point. Then piece each row together.
Step 8: Add the side borders.
Step 9: Sandwich the quilt.
Step 10: I decided to just quilt the accents to stabilize the blanket.
Step 11: Make your binding.
Step 12: Bind the edges.