How to Make a T-Shirt Blanket: Day 4

Welcome to our 4th and final day of how to make a T-Shirt Blanket! We’re in the final stretch, and by the end of this tutorial, you’ll be armed and dangerous with the knowledge on how to make your own T-shirt blanket.

As with the other days, here is a look at the steps we’ve covered, as well as links to previous days and what I’ll be discussing today.

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

Day 3:

    • Lay out and sew the front of the blanket

(Today) Day 4:

    • Sew the front to the back
    • Finish the blanket

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… can you?! Let’s keep going and I’ll see you at the finish line!

Sew the front to the back

Since I chose not to use binding and instead sew the front and back together pillow-case style, I laid the two sides together RST and pinned pinned pinned!

I trimmed the excess black fabric around the edges…

And started sewing. I left a 4″ opening in the bottom so I could flip the two sides right-side-out.

After flipping the two sides, I highly recommend ironing around the edges to prepare for topstitching. I tried to get away without ironing but quickly realized that it was a must. In the image below, the left half of the top edge is ironed while the right side is not. You can see the difference it makes.

Finish the blanket

Topstitch around the edge of the edges of the blanket to secure the top and bottom in place.

Tip: set your stitch length to 3.5mm to help your sewing machine work with the knit.

For the final step ((woohoo!! Final step!!)), I used my embroidery needle and cross stitch/embroidery floss to handstitch small knots in the corners of some of the panels to hold the top and bottom in place as it get used. I don’t want the back sagging with age and use since it doesn’t have interfacing, so the knots serve to stabilize it.

For each knot, I went from the top, through both layers, then back up to the top and knotted. The knots are so small they can barely be seen.

Well, that felt like a marathon, didn’t it? But we’re done!!! And the fruits of my labor… these two happy boys. Apparently, they take their blankets with them everywhere… even on vacation to Great Wolf Lodge! 🙂

Thanks for sticking with me from start to finish over these last 4 days, and I hope – as always – you learned something new from my T-Shirt Blanket tutorial. Once you’ve made it, come share it at our Peekaboo Facebook Group. Until next time!

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing! I really want to make one for each of my kids with all the shirts they have collected. Breaking it down into the 4 days (or parts) seems to make it more manageable. Looking forward to giving this a shot!

    1. I’m glad you’re interested in them! The easiest way is to click on ‘Day 1’ or ‘Day 2’ or ‘Day 3’ at the top of this post where I list out the steps I’ll be covering in each post. They are already linked to the specific days. You can also go back to the main Peek-a-Boo blog page (https://www.peekaboopages.com/) and find them listed. Hope that helps!

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