T-shirt Quilt FAQs

1) Should I cut the t-shirts?

No – Please DO NOT cut the t-shirts. You should wash them and write your name on the inside hem of the side of the shirt you want to use (front, back, or both). We will cut the t-shirts after the interfacing is applied. For dark t-shirts, you can use masking tape to write on or pin a note to the side you want . If you want the leftover pieces of the t-shirts back, please request this on the order form. Otherwise, we will dispose of the t-shirt pieces that are not used in the quilt.

2) Can I use any other kind of clothing other than t-shirts?

Yes – Sweatshirts, jerseys, jackets, tank tops and shorts can all be used. Some of these require extra sewing to make them work. There is a $5.00 per block charge for extra sewing. Also in memory quilts, any kind of clothing or fabric that is washable can be used. Jeans, sweaters, pajamas, bandanas, etc are fine. If you are unsure if it can be used, just send it to us anyway. We will include everything that we can.

3) Do I need to send any fabric for the top or back of the quilt?

No – Everything needed to complete the quilt (except the t-shirts) is provided by SoSews and is included in the price. All the fabrics we use are solid colors. But if you want to send your own backing or sashing fabric, you can.

4) Can I send my own backing and/or sashing fabric? How much fabric should I send?
SoSews provides all the fabric needed for the quilt. So you do not have to send any fabric. However, if you want to choose your backing and/or sashing fabric, you may send your own backing fabric. You must purchase it and send it with your t-shirts. There is no reduction in quilt price if you send your own fabric. The fabric you use for the back of the quilt can be any 100% cotton fabric you want. The backing is a chance to make the quilt much more unique and interesting. The backing fabric can relate to what is on the front, such as baseball fabric if you used a lot of baseball jerseys on the front. But the back of the quilt does not have to relate to the front of the quilt at all. You can make the quilt more personal to you by choosing any thing you like. Such as … a color you like, maybe you’re wild about horses or frogs, motorcycle fabric, a sports team you like, 70’s fabric, something wild, stripes, plaids, flowers. Anything goes. Be creative, reflect your personality. Just remember — 100% cotton.
Quilt Size Width x Length

Backing Fabric Needed (Optional)

King  102 x 102 inches 9 yards


86 x 102 inches 9 yards
Full 86 x 86 inches 9 yards
XL Twin 70 x 102 inches 6 yards
Twin 70 x 86 inches 6 yards
Throw 70 x 70 inches 4 1/2 yards
Lap 55 x 70 inches 3 1/2 yards
Sashing Fabric Queen or King 4 yards
Sashing Fabric Twin, XL Twin or Full 3 yards
Sashing Fabric Lap or Throw 2 yards
5) Where can I purchase fabric for the backing of the quilt?

Fabric can be purchased at any fabric store near you, such as local quilt shops, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. Or there are some great online fabric stores.

6) How do I care for my quilt?

Your quilt can be machine washed in cold water, gentle cycle. Hang dry or tumble dry on the lowest heat setting. Use a color catcher in the washing machine the first time you wash the quilt to make sure none of the fabric runs.The less often you wash and dry the quilt, the longer it will last. A roller used for pet hair/lint removal is great for surface cleaning the quilt between washings and using one can extend the life of your quilt.