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    question about scrappy quilts with t-shirts

    Has anyone made lap quilts using T-shirts? I have made quilts from t-shirts, using either the front or the back, but what about using the other parts, such as the sleeve and cut off parts. Would these t-shirt parts be a good resource for scrappy quilts?

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    my 2 cents: I think you would have to stabilize everything. If that is not a problem, go for it and please share the results.
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    I think I would save t- shirt scraps for polishing clothes OR the sleeves you could cut into yarn to crochet or knits into rugs OR T-shirt pieces could be used as raw edge appliqué on a quilt top for the French Rose pattern?

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    great ideas for recycling.
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    I use the leftover bits for making braided rugs (in theory - haven't yet actually completed a rug...) and I did an entertaining experiment with weaving-in-the-round: I used my daughter's hula hoop as my frame and tied T shirt strips across it to form a radial warp; I then wove long strips of stretchy T material around and around, expecting to generate a nice flat round rug. But when I cut it loose from the frame the tension of the strips released, and I ended up with a soft-sided bowl! Quite cute, but totally unexpected. Here is my cat asleep in the bowl:
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    Sorry about the digression. I've never tried the scrappy thing, and I agree that you'd need to stabilize everything.

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    well, aren't you clever? love your model.
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    AlisonQuilts ... it obviously is the Cat's Meowwww!
    You should make more to sell .... people will pay high $$s for their kitties!


    CajunOwl ... check out Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts, for more info about making t-shirt quilts. They don't stabilize the t-shirts. Your extra parts could be used for filler blocks, along with the stamped areas.
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    That is a creative suggestion. I have never tried to make the braided rugs. Cats will sleep anywhere!

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    Thanks for the replies. I have made t-shirt quilts, one with stabilizer, others using the t-shirt back. I wanted to find out if it is worth my time to try and make something using the leftover scraps. Or if anyone else had suggestions. They are good for cleaning dirty areas and then can be thrown away.

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    What a GREAT IDEA!

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    There's no reason why you can't use the rest of the t-shirt in a quilt. Think about why you want it in a quilt in the first place. You want the design that's on the front and/or the back. The rest of the t-shirt is just fabric. It could be used for sashing, or small blocks. It would need to be stabilized in the same way as the parts with the designs.

    I've thought of using iron-on designs to transfer a design to parts of the t-shirt that wasn't otherwise being used in the t-shirt quilt. But our t-shirts are wearing out, and that's why they're available to go into a quilt, so finding decent fabric elsewhere in the t-shirt can be difficult.

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    I've made several t-shirt quilts, but I always use a stabilizer to keep the blocks from stretching out of shape. Since I cut the shirts based on the size of the design on each one as opposed to cutting them all the same size, I use extra blocks to fill empty spaces between my t-shirt blocks. I wouldn't have any problem using the back side of a shirt if I needed another filler block. I would treat it with a stabilizer just like the main parts.

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    I have made several t-shirt quilts without stabilizer and added cotton sashing between them , I would have the t-shirt fabric facing down and the cotton sashing on top as I sewed it. I tied these so I'm not sure they would be able to long arm them without the stabilizer tho. I also used different sized t-shirts and the pockets also.

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