T-shirt Quilt or Jersey Quilt

Program Title: Learn to Make a T-Shirt Quilt / Jersey Quilt

Instructor Name:  Marnie Freeman

Phone Number/Email: 250-819-4160 / marniefreeman67@gmail.com


Registration begins December 12, 2018—please register early.

Wednesdays Feb. 13 – Mar. 6, 2019
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
West Highlands Community Centre – 1185 Links Way, Kamloops

Course #294883
Workshop Fee $125

To Register:
Call 250.828.3500 or www.kamloops.ca/ezreg and quote course # 294883


Program Description: This course requires that participants know how their particular sewing machine works, and have mastered sewing a straight line; quilting experience is an asset but not required.  (If you would like to learn to use your particular sewing machine, please contact me for a private lesson, prior to the course start date.)  In this class, you will cut shirts, design a layout, and sew a quilt top.  *Instructions will be provided for adding borders (optional), quilting and binding; however, these steps are not part of the course.  If you have been holding onto T-shirts or other sports apparel for that “someday” project, this is the perfect course for you!  Register today, and let’s take some of the frustration out of sewing with stretchy fabrics.

Overall Learning Outcomes:

  1. Sewing machine tips for stretchy fabrics
  2. Cut designs from shirts using custom rulers (supplied)
  3. Design a custom layout using multiple size blocks, and mathematical calculations
  4. Sew with T-shirt material and technical fabrics, and combinations of materials
  5. Sew half-seams

Program Outline: 

Equipment Provided: Custom rulers, iron, ironing board, extra cutting mats (smaller sizes)

Participants to Bring:

1st Class  –Personal clothing items, rotary cutter, 6” straight ruler, large cutting mat (minimum size 18” x 24”), pen or pencil

2nd Class – Pre-cut blocks, old sheet (twin or larger)

3rd & 4th Classes
Sewing machine, stretch needles and/or ball point needles, extension cord, seam ripper, fabric scissors, straight pins, neutral colour thread (cream or lt. grey) cotton or polyester (your preference) & your pre-cut blocks

Recommended: Walking foot (however, a standard pressure foot or ¼” foot will generally work)

Optimum (but only if your machine comes with this option):  Straight stitch needle plate


General Information:

The T-shirts can be a cotton, or cotton-poly blend, including technical fabrics, jerseys, and fleece or nylon (leggings not recommended).  If you are unsure, bring it to class!  The size of your quilt top will be dictated by the number of clothing items and sizes of the designs.  Minimum 10 items, recommend 20 – 25 items for a Throw 44” x 56”, 25 – 30 items for a Lg. Throw 56” x 72”, and so on.

Clothing items should come to class folded to minimize wrinkles.  We strongly recommend that if there are new items in your stash, that these items are pre-washed.  Your quilt will be machine washable, and all items should be preshrunk before they are cut into blocks.

You will learn a method to sew stretchy fabrics without the use of a stabilizer or interfacing!

Each week you will have some work to complete at home prior to the next class.  The amount of time could be anywhere from 1 – 4 hours per week (approximate) and can vary depending on experience.

Your quilt will be custom designed by you!  Borders are optional.  By the time the course is complete, you will have a quilt top sewn together made from your personal clothing items.  Check out photos on our home page for examples!