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    Help..which fusible/stabiliser to use in t-shirt quilt

    Ok fellow quilters I need some advice. I want to make hubby a t-shirt quilt for his birthday in August using all of his favourite V8 race car t-shirts which have been worn and some well worn. I only get one go at this as he only has limited shirts and he wants me to use them as they are his favourites so I cant stuff up! I also want to do it properly so the quilt lasts and I do not want to tie the quilt. I also don't want a stiff quilt.
    After much research I have looked online for a stabiliser to use as that is recommended when making t-shirt quilts but here in Australia choices are limited and I have found 2 but I am unsure if they are suitable for the purpose. These are the only 2 that are 17 inches wide which I think is necessary but if anyone else feels differently then please let me know. I also realise that these are fusibles and not stabilisers and I am getting confused so thought I better ask for advice from all you knowledgable people so that if this is not the right one to use kindly let me know which one is.
    See below for the 2 that I have found and can anyone kindly advise which is suitable. I would prefer to use the Lazygirls one as that is half the price of the other one. I want to use an Australian company as i want to get started as soon as possible.
    First one:
    HeatnBond Lite Fusible Web 17" Wide - Sold by the Metre
    A lightweight paper-backed adhesive that has a strong bond without adding extra weight or stiffness to a project. Once applied HeatnBond Lite is easily sewn through, without gumming up your machine needles. It is ideal for applique, quilting, home decor projects and more. This iron-on webbing eliminates the need for pinning. It is machine washable after edges of the project have been sewn.
    Sold by the metre. Measures 17inches (43 cm) wide.

    Second one:
    Lazy Girl Designs Fusi-Bond Lite Fusible Adhesive Web Interfacing 17" wide
    For a strong bond between layers of fabric without adding weight or stiffness to a project, perfect for applique and bonding layers of fabric together. Similar to Heat N Bond Lite/Wonder Under. Once applied, Fusi-Bond is easy to sew, making it ideal for multi-layer appliqués in quilting, home décor, and wearables. It is coated with a uniform, sprayed adhesive for a wrinkle-free application. It won’t gum up your sewing machine needle, offers an even and consistent bond and won’t add weight or stiffness to your project. Fusi-Bond = fusible bond.
    Sold by the metre
    Thanking you in advance.
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    I wouldn't use either. Those are more for applique. I'd use either a stabilizer or iron on interfacing. Many people use the nonwoven lighweight interfacing. I used the fusible tricot, applying so the stretch of the tricot is the opposite direction of the stretch on the t-shirt fabric. I was very pleased with the result.

    Sorry, just noticed the LazyGirl one was interfacing. That might work.

    Also, don't worry about the size of it, you can always use 2 pieces and overlap.

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    you need a woven stablizer (which comes in fusable or sew in) NOT DOUBLE SIDED FUSABLE WEBBING LIKE HEAT & BOND!
    the stablizer has fusable on one side (the side fused to the back of the t-shirts - is a lightweight (fabric) which will keep the knits from stretching out of shape.
    paper backed fusables are used for appliques---and can be quite stiff- are not the product you are seeking.
    Pellon makes a number of stablizers- as does sulky- i'm sure there are others. they would be in a sewing department---used in garment construction- available in different weights- stay soft (they are fabric)
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    My daughter in law has a business specializing in T-Shirts quilts. She helped me Saturday prep some shirts for a quilt I am doing for my grandson. She uses P44F which is a Pellon fusible. It is very lightweight but also very stable.
    Joy

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    I've always used Fusi-Knit when I use t-shirts in a project. It's a fusible knitted fabric. It's really thin and lightweight and doesn't make the t-shirt stiff at all. You put the stretch of the Fusi-Knit the opposite way of the stretch of the t-shirt.

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    I agree with Katier825. I've made many t shirt quilts over the years and the ones made with tricot fusible are the softest! I also put the stretch opposite the stretch of the t shirt block and everything works out just fine.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    I typically do not use stabilizer/interfacing when making T-shirt quilts - only if the T-shirt itself is very flimsy. I don't use sashing between the blocks but I do usually put a regular quilting cotton border on the quilt and use quilting cotton for the backing. I have made 6 or 7 of these now. All but one of them was twin size or larger. I machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine. Here is a link to one that I made.

    Tee Shirt Quilt - I'm a newbie

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    You don't have to use your local shops look on line and purchase exactly what you require. It may be more expensive due to postal service but it is light weight and will be more pleasing to you as it is the correct thing. I can't help with which to use as I have never tried a tee shirt quilt.
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    What you were thinking of using are for fusing appliques on to the background fabric. I like to use a lightweight, fusable interfacing. Cut the whole front of the tee shirt off and fuse interfacing to the back of the design. Then and only then, cut the tee shirts inthe size blocks you want them to be.

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    thankyou all for your advice..i knew I could rely on you! I had a feeling it might not be the right thing so will now go look at interfacing and the tricot fusible which i assume is the same as the Fusi Knit..loved your tshirt quilt Lakekids so lets hope mine looks as good as yours!
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