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Old 12-04-2018, 04:21 AM
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I have been asked to make a quilt from a little boy's collection of T-shirts. I have read on several sites that it is best to back the piece of shirt with an interfacing/stabilizer of some sort. Curious to know the best kind to use from some recommendations from those that have made one.

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Old 12-04-2018, 04:32 AM
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I use a lightweight fusible stabilizer, got at Joanns.
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:47 AM
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I used a brand name iron on stabilizer and was not happy with it. It kept coming off and I would have to re-iron, until I got the pieces sewn together. Good luck, try a few different ones. I will never make another T-shirt quilt!!
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I also use a very lightweight fusible. I have used Joanns store brand and Pellon featherweight fusible. It does add some weight to the quilt. I have never tried it but I have heard people have successfully made T-shirt quilts without interfacing and just starching the heck out of the Tshirts. I've made at least 7 or 8 over the years and always used fusible interfacing.
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I used a brand name iron on stabilizer and was not happy with it. It kept coming off and I would have to re-iron, until I got the pieces sewn together. Good luck, try a few different ones. I will never make another T-shirt quilt!!
Washing t-shirts with a fabric softener or drying with a dryer sheet impedes the fusible from properly fusing.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:09 AM
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This is what I am using now and I am pretty happy with it. Bought it off Amazon

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:50 AM
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French Fuse is made to back T shirts. It's a tricot interfacing, so it has a little give to it, like the T shirts, but it firms them up well without making them stiff.

This is where I buy my tricot interfacing for T shirt quilts. It's the best price I have found:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Yds-New-W...8AAOxyTjNScYZ6
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French Fuse

https://www.backsidefabrics.com/fren...rfacing-white/
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:43 PM
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Pellon Feather weight, 911.
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I've made a ton of these--I prefer Pellon ShapeFlex--it's a woven, fusible--much like you find in fine tailored menswear. I buy it by 54" roll from a LQS and I like the handiness of that over the 24" width--but harder to find. If I'm having to use those poly woven shirts that have "holes" in them, I prefer the Pellon FW 911 (non-woven) as it backs those holes. Like Feline said, fabric softener makes it harder to fuse and shirts with poly in them are more difficult too as you need a lower heat on the shirts. I've found that if I use a moist pressing cloth on poly shirts it really helps fuse.
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