FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many t-shirts do I need to use to make a quilt?
You can use any number of shirts! You need at least six shirt blocks for a traditional grid-style quilt, or at least 12-15 shirt blocks for a mosaic-style quilt. But remember—shirt blocks are any design or logo on a shirt. You can get two shirt blocks from one shirt if you use the front and the back graphics.
Do you have a different number of shirts from any of the options you see listed on our Pricing page? No problem—just list the number of shirt blocks you want to use on your Order Form and we will map out the size and shape quilt that will make you happy.
If you don't think you have enough t-shirts, we can always use solid color blocks from a blank space on your shirts as well. However many shirts you'd like to use, that's how many we will get into your quilt!
2. Can I use items other than t-shirts in my quilt?
Definitely! Almost any article of clothing that is machine washable can be used in your quilt. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, jerseys, uniforms, tank tops, towels, pockets, bandanas, button down shirts—you name it! If you have a particularly unique item, just reach out when you're completing your order form and we can talk about it together.
3. What's a shirt block?
"Shirt Blocks" refer to each individual design on a t-shirt. If you would like to use the front and back designs from the same shirt, this counts as two shirt blocks. So most shirts have at least two possible shirt blocks for your quilt.
I also call miscellaneous pieces “shirt blocks” for pricing purposes, such as a sleeve design, a graphic from a pair of sweatpants, etc. Any item that will make up one of the blocks in your quilt is called a "shirt block."
4. How long will it take to make my quilt?
It will take about 2-6 weeks from the time I receive your shirts, depending on the style of quilt you choose and on how many t-shirt blocks you would like to include. If there is a specific date by which you would like to have your quilt (like for a birthday, graduation, or holiday gift), please indicate this on your order form so that I can plan accordingly.
5. Should I cut the shirts before sending them to you?
No, please do not cut your shirts! It's best if you send me the full t-shirts or articles of clothing, and I will cut them for you. If you've already cut out some of your shirt designs, I can most likely still work with them, but pre-cut shirt sides might incur a fee per pre-cut item to account for the extra labor and material needed to make them usable.
6. How do I prepare my shirts before shipping to you?
Please make sure all your shirts are washed and dried before shipping to me. Then you'll need to sort your shirts based on which side (front, back, or both) you want to be used in the quilt. Check out the full instructions for preparing and shipping your shirts here.
7. What fabric do you use for the back of the quilt?
I typically use high-quality Polar Fleece or Minky fabric for the backing of your quilt. These materials make for a super soft and cozy blanket, and a perfect complement to your cherished tees! Once you place your order, I will contact you to confirm what color fleece you would like me to use.
It's possible to use a different type of fabric (cotton or flannel, for example) if you'd like, but that may come at an extra cost. Let me know on your order form if you have something else in mind!
8. How much will my quilt cost?
Check out the Pricing page to get a sense of what your quilt will cost based on the style you choose and the number of shirt blocks you plan to include. These prices may vary a bit, depending on if you have any special requests (like a fabric other than fleece or minky for the backing, a special border or sashing,
or if you have pre-cut items that need additional work).
Traditional grid-style quilts require a $100 deposit and mosaic-style quilts require a $150 deposit. Once I receive your shirts, I will take a look at your items and create a layout map for your approval, along with a final pricing. If you would like to make any adjustments to the size of the quilt or the number of shirt blocks you use at that time, that's no problem! I am more than happy to work with you to make sure you end up with a quilt you love!
9. Do you make traditional quilts?
I like to think of my quilts as somewhere between a modern quilt and a custom blanket. My quilts have a backing and a binding around the front edge of the quilt. They are also top-stitched around the perimeters of each t-shirt block to keep everything secure. However, they do not have an inner batting layer and are not all-over top-stitched like traditional quilts. This makes for a sturdy and built-to-last, but much softer and cozier, blanket.
10. What if I change my mind about which t-shirts to include in the quilt?
I get it—it can be hard to feel like you're parting with your shirts and tough to envision what they will look like in a quilt. That's why I put together a digital layout map for you to review before I cut your shirts. You'll have a chance to visualize what your shirt blocks will look like pieced together and an opportunity to make any changes—whether that means having second thoughts about including some of your shirts, or rearranging the placement of the shirt blocks. It's very important to give careful thought to the shirts you ship to me, and it's doubly important to carefully review your layout map. Once you've given your approval on the layout map, no more changes are able to be made.
11. Who pays for shipping?
The customer pays to ship the original t-shirts to me (or, if you live in the NYC area and want to arrange a drop-off, that is a possibility as well!) The shipment of your finished and beautifully wrapped quilt is included in the price for your purchase.
12. What do you do with the scrap material from the t-shirts?
I donate all the scraps from cutting out your shirt blocks to @fab_scrap, an awesome NYC nonprofit dedicated to textile reuse and recycling. This ensures that none of your t-shirt material ends up in a landfill or polluting the environment. With a To a Tee quilt, you can rest assured you're going green!