A T-shirt graduation quilt is an excellent way to save all the T-shirts collected during school that will never be worn after graduation. During the graduation season, typically we’ll need 8 weeks or more to make your quilt. However, if you don’t have 8 weeks until you need your graduation quilt, please call or e-mail to see if we can squeeze in your order. We will do everything possible to make this happen for you.
HERE ARE SOME QUICK TIPS TO ENSURE A GREAT T-SHIRT GRADUATION QUILT:COLLECTING THE T-SHIRTS
Snagging shirts from the laundry thinking they’ll never be noticed might not be a good strategy. Although it’s wonderful to surprise your graduate, it’s often better to work with them on the project. Your favorite students may be willing to part with more t-shirts if they know that those shirts won’t be gone forever!
FINDING ADDITIONAL SHIRTS
If you feel that you don’t have enough shirts for a quilt, here are a couple ways to add to your quilt:
Visit your local Goodwill or thrift shop to see if there are any shirts there that represent his/her school or sport.
Visit the school’s lost/found. Sometimes things sit in there for a very long time unclaimed.
Ask family members who are close to your graduate to donate something special for the quilt. Something your graduate recognize that it came from grandpa or dad or whoever.
Consider adding a border to make the quilt bigger.
SURPRISE OR NO SURPRISE?
Should your graduate know about the quilt? My first inclination is to say “yes,” include your graduate from the start. You can still avoid letting them see it until the graduation or the graduation party. Here’s why it’s often better to NOT keep your T-shirt quilt a secret:
You might get more T-shirts than you could by sneaking them out of the wash or rummaging through dresser drawers.
Your graduate may have a T-shirt that he/she dislikes that you may not know about. Once a shirt is sewn and quilted in, there’s no removing it.
Your graduate might have a color preference for the backing other than their school colors. Or your graduate may want to select special printed fabric that fits a sport or hobby.
Your graduate may want to include something other than tees for the quilt like a windbreaker or a uniform.
You don’t know your student’s preference for the quilt layout. Some people like the random look of a mosaic quilt while others prefer the uniform shape of a checkerboard quilt. You may think they’d prefer a certain style but they might surprise you and choose another.
YOU MAY WANT TO SURPRISE THEM IF…
This is something that you’ve discussed with them, so they know it’s coming at some point and you have been collecting t-shirts for years so you have enough variety to make the quilt.
You know for a fact the quilt style they like.
You know the color preference for the backing of the quilt.
SPLITTING IT DOWN THE MIDDLE
Regardless if you decide to include them or go for the surprise, your graduate will treasure his/her quilt. If you’d like to blend the yes and the no reason, you can let your graduate know that you’d like to make a quilt from his/her tees. Ask them what they would want to keep forever versus donate. Talk to them about colors for the backing or perhaps show them the website and let them see some options. You’ll get some wheels turning and soon you’ll have some direction. You can still keep the final design a secret and let them know they’ll see the quilt at graduation or the graduation party. It will still be a surprise…trust me!
The size of the quilt will depend on the style you like and the number of shirts you have. We can always make quilts bigger by adding borders.
FOND MEMORIES WHILE AT COLLEGE
Some people want to send the quilt off to college with their high school graduates. This is a great way for them to hold onto their high school memories while they spread their wings in college life. College dorms tend to have longer mattresses than a standard mattress but that isn’t always the case.
Calling the college ahead of time is a good way to be certain. However, making your t-shirt quilt to fit a college dorm mattress may not be the best way to go because students often spend only 1 or 2 years in the dorms. Sizing your quilt for a longer mattress will mean that it may not fit a standard mattress after.
If you’d like the quilt to be used during college dorm life and afterward, then we suggest sizing it for 76” X 84” or 80” X 88” or as close as possible. It may not cover the dorm mattress perfectly but they’ll be happier in the long run.
WHAT’S A QUILT TAG AND DO I NEED ONE FOR MY GRADUATION QUILT?
A quilt tag is entirely up to you. For me, a quilt tag is the bow on the present.
A quilt tag is an embroidered block that is hand sewn onto the back of the quilt. It marks the history of the quilt – who it was for, who it is from and a perhaps a date (even if it’s only the year).
The tag can have a nice saying, a verse, or a graphic. It’s a way of finishing off the quilt to make it even more special and appreciated.
CONTACT US TO GET STARTED ON YOUR T-SHIRT GRADUATION QUILT
We’d love to speak with you if you have any questions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me online. Or you can download my t-shirt buyer’s guide that walks you through the quilt making process.