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T-shirt Quilt Tying

barbsewandsew | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

Could someone please advise me on binding a t-shirt quilt before tying it ?? All the squares are fused and the quilt is 2 sided, t-shirt front on one side and back on the reverse side and all squares are the same size- 36 12″ squares on each side !  I would like to bind it and then have the friend I am making it for come over and have a tying ‘party’ and then she can take it home. She lives 3 hours away and the quilt is very heavy. What do you think? This is the  first t-shirt quilt I have made. Thanks for your time ! Barbara


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I will be making my first Tshirt quilt after the holidays.  What did you use to fuse them?  I will be putting sashing strips between each design, did you?  Or did you stitch the Tshirt pieces together?  I look forward to hearing everyone's responses to this.  Mary


    1. barbsewandsew | | #2

      Hi Mary, The squares are fused with a featherweight fusible. I cut 14" fusible and fused the 14" sqaures before cutting to a 12 1/2" size. The sashing is 2 1/2" cut size and if I had it to do over I would probably use 2" just because I think I would like the look better...spent more time at the ironing board than at the sewing machine ! Barbara

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Thanks for your input.  It looks and seems as if it would be so simple to nonsewers.  I am looking forward to making them for a few special people.  I dread working with all that weight though!  I am thinking of using a woven backing instead of the Tshirt for my brother, as I think he wants to put it on his bed.  Mary

  2. Teaf5 | | #4

    With a smaller quilt, you could probably get away with binding first and tying second, but on this large one, you probably need to run a few hand basting lines through all the layers (a curved upholstery needle makes this easier) to keep them from shifting as you add a binding. Three vertical lines might do it; then remove the basting after you tie it.

    Another option might be to machine stitch the binding to the backing before stacking all the layers, then pressing it toward the front and handstitching it while it is pinned and flat on the floor or work surface. On a large quilt, that's a lot of handstitching, but gives you a lot of opportunities to ease and stretch panels if they're not exactly even.

    1. barbsewandsew | | #5

      That is so helpful !! Thanks so much ! I neglected to say there will be no batting...just the two sides ! Barbara

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