DIY: No Sew T-Shirt Blanket

By Taylor Koon on January 7, 2013

I recently realized that I have a lot of memorabilia from high school. I also recently realized that I have collected an abundance of t-shirts from those four years. Since I’m moving on in life and going to college, I figured I should find a way to keep my high school memories without taking up space in my closet or completely throwing out my old t-shirts. So, I decided to make a no sew t-shirt blanket. It’s a lot heavier than I expected it to be, but I’m excited to take it with me to college. I used thirty-nine t-shirts and one sweatshirt to make mine, so now I have a lot more room in my closet. :) Haha. I just wanted to start to give you ideas on how you can preserve your physical high school memories without creating useless clutter. It’s also nice because I can continue to use those t-shirts that I would never wear again.

A quick tutorial:
1. Cut a 16in x 16in square from the t-shirt (trying to center the logo, but not going crazy with it).

2. Use a ruler and a marker to measure 2 inches away from each edge. Cut seven strips (eight cuts) into each of the four sides. This should give you seven strips of fabric on each side (28 in all), and the four corners should be in square or rectangular shaped strips.

3. Cut each of the corner strips in half, creating two triangles instead of one square strip (this makes them easier to tie together).

4. Repeat these steps with the remaining t-shirts. I made a 4′ x 5′ blanket that was two-sided and used 40 shirts. You can use as many or as few as you like.

5. After you have cut up your shirts, tie the strips together. You can either choose to cut all of your shirts and then tie them all at once or tie them together as you get each one done (I chose the second method).

6. After you tie the strips together on one side, gently pull the fabric so the designs on your shirts won’t be shriveled up and tiny. Warning: you will hear a riping sound when you pull on the fabric. This is supposed to happen, and it will be fine as long as you pull gently.

7. Continue tying until you are satisfied. Like I mentioned earlier, my blanket is 4′ x 5′ and is double-sided. However, you have freedom to create your blanket in anyway you would like.

I love this project because it’s something that you can work on in your dorm or over break. Good luck!

By Taylor Koon

Uloop Writer
I am a freshman at The Ohio State University and I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minors in Education, Communications, and Youth Development. I enjoy reading, theatre, and long walks on the beach.

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