Directions for How to Make a Blanket Out of T-Shirts

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There are plenty of reasons to make a blanket from old T-shirts. Perhaps you would like to give your grown daughter a memento from her youth, in the form of a memory blanket. Maybe you would like to present your son with a college dorm blanket made from his old hockey, baseball and soccer shirts. Or maybe you just have too many T-shirts that you've received from marathons, store openings or as Christmas presents. Whether the T-shirt blanket is a gift or a craft; it is fairly simple to make and is a great way to recycle old or unused clothing. You can make your blanket small to use as a comfy throw or larger to use as a bed blanket.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard or paper bag
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Soft plain fabric for back of blanket
  • Wash, dry and iron all of the T-shirts. Do not use fabric softener.

  • Wash and dry the soft fabric that you are going to use for the back of the blanket. Do not use fabric softener.

  • Cut the T-shirts into squares that you will use to assemble the T-shirt blanket. Do not use the sleeves of the shirts; just the front and backs. Depending on the size of the shirts, you can cut the shirts into squares ranging in size from 10 inches by 10 inches (extra-small) all the way up to 18 inches by 18 inches (XXL shirts). Try making a pattern piece from a paper bag or piece of cardboard that you can use to ensure that all of the squares are the exact same size. If you are using multiple size T-shirts, cut all of the squares to match that of the smallest shirt size.

  • Decide how you would like the blanket to look by laying the T-shirt squares on a large flat surface such as a ping-pong table or floor.

  • Pin and then sew the panels together in rows or columns using five or six squares for each row (you can determine the size that you want your blanket to be; obviously the more squares, the larger the blanket.) Allow ½ inch seam allowance.

  • Sew the columns or rows together to form larger blanket.

  • Measure your blanket once it is complete and create a back the exact same size using polar fleece material, a flannel sheet or other soft fabric.

  • Pin and stitch the outer side of the soft backing to the outer side of the front of the blanket leaving a small area open at one corner of the blanket.

  • Turn the entire blanket right-side-out and hand stitch the corner.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use iron-on interfacing on the T-shirt panels to prevent the cotton fabric from stretching while making your blanket.

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  • Photo Credit t-shirt without sleeve image by Andrea Massimiani from Fotolia.com
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