How to Make a T-Shirt Blanket: Day 3

Welcome back again! We’re in Day 3 of our 4-day series on how to make a T-shirt blanket. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to read How to Make a T-Shirt Blanket: Day 1 and Day 2, but if not, please take a look and hopefully learn a few new tricks along the way. 🙂

Here is the 4-day schedule, including links to go back (or forward) to whichever step you’d like.

Day 1:

    • Decide on a design and make a plan
      • Blanket size
      • Uniform vs. irregular shaped blocks
      • Binding or pillow-case style to attach the front to the back
      • Sashing and/or a border
      • Seam allowance
      • Fusible interfacing
      • Plot out your blanket

Day 2:

    • Prepare the shirts
      • Disassemble your t-shirts
      • Apply the fusible interfacing and cut out the panels

(Today) Day 3:

    • Lay out and sew the front of the blanket

Day 4:

    • Sew the front to the back
    • Finish the blanket

Ok, let’s keep going! It’s finally time to sew your pieces together. Woohoo!

Lay out and sew the front of the blanket

Using my layout, I went through and attached the sashing strips to the panels in portions, pinning then sewing them together using the 1/4″ seam allowance. In the next few images, I will be working on the portion of one of the blankets highlighted in red below.

The whole process involves a lot of pinning…



piecing together…


Even using 1/4″ seam allowance resulted in bulky seams, so all of the seams were trimmed down (and later ironed) to about 1/8″.

and ironing… over and over until all the portions are all sewn together, seam allowances are trimmed, and the seams are pressed down with an iron.

Side note, I also added a special panel to each of the blankets with each boys’ first initial. I essentially appliqued the letter on each panel, and sewed them just like the graphic panels.

Once all the panels and sashing strips were sewn together, it was time for the borders. Pin them to the sides and top/bottom, sew, trim, and finally iron.

This is what the front and back of one of my blanket looked like once everything was sewn together.

I ended up repressing the seams again so they’d lay even flatter than they did in this image.

We’re almost there! One more step and you’ll be done. I can’t wait to show you my finished project, so meet me at Day 4 to continue!!

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