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Thread: Has anyone made a quilt out of sweatshirts?

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    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
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    Has anyone made a quilt out of sweatshirts?

    I have a large stack of dd's discarded sweatshirts and sweatpants here waiting to be taken to Goodwill. Some of the logo's are quite nice, although most are plain. I'm debating between giving them away so others can benefit from wearing the clothing, or trying to make a quilt out of them for my dd.

    Sweatshirt fabric is so thick and stretchy, I'm thinking I could probably stabilize it with Misty Fuse (I think fusible nylon tricot would create too much thickness and heaviness). Because the seams would be so bulky, I thought maybe I could overlap seams. I have a serger so that's a possibility too.

    I just don't want to start a project like this and end up with a disaster on my hands. (Have had too many of those!!! )

    Any comments? Photos of sweatshirt quilts???

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    I have never tried to use sweatshirts in a quilt but I don't see why you couldn't. Stabilize them the same way you would a tee shirt before you cut the blocks. I would try one block to see how it worked before I cut up the whole stack of shirts.

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    I was given a sweatshirt to use in two tshirt quilts that I was commissioned to make for Christmas. It was from a friend of the two sons who were to be recipients of the quilts. It was suggested at first to divide the pieces and put a little on each, but I couldn't bear to cut it up. (I only had one sweatshirt to deal with, the rest were all regular T-shirts.) I wound up keeping it as it was, turning it into an envelope pillow with a ruffle and creating a poem to add to the occasion. It was nice and thick, but I still used interfacing to keep it's shape. It was a definite hit with the parents, who requested the quilts. The pillow was an added bonus that they all fell in love with. Here's a pic of the pillow, poem and one of the quilts...

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    Fantastic work....and great job with the pillow!

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    Great solution to a dilemna! Love the pillow and the quilt.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Very creative and well done!

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    Very nice job!
    Linda

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    That is a wonderful poem and the pillow is great. What a neat way to add the sweatshirt to the quilt.
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    That is such a wonderful idea; I love the idea of passing it each Christmas

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    I have not used a sweatshirt in a quilt but I have used basketball and volleyball jerseys in the same quilt as t-shirts. I do not use stabilizer in my T-shirt quilts.

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