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How to Make a Blanket Out of Shirts: A Creative Guide for Upcycling

How to Make a Blanket Out of Shirts: A Creative Guide for Upcycling

How to Make a Blanket Out of Shirts: A Creative Guide for Upcycling

With sustainability in mind, many of us are looking for ways to upcycle everyday items. Making a blanket out of old shirts combines eco-friendly practices with a touch of personal flair. This project is perfect for crafters of all levels and makes for a heartfelt gift or a treasure trove of personal memories styled into a comfy blanket.

How Many Shirts Do You Need to Make a Blanket?

The number of shirts required to make a blanket depends on several factors, including the size of the blanket you want to create and the size of the shirts you are using. Here’s a breakdown to help you plan your project:

Determining Blanket Size and Shirt Quantity

Tips for Estimating

How to Make a Blanket Out of Shirts

Creating a blanket from shirts is a rewarding project that not only upcycles old clothing but also preserves memories in a unique and practical way. Here’s a detailed guide to help you transform your collection of shirts into a cozy blanket:

Materials Needed

Steps to Create the Blanket

  1. Prepare the Shirts:

    • Wash and dry all shirts to ensure they are clean and pre-shrunk.
    • Cut the shirts to separate the front and back panels from the sleeves and collars.
  2. Cut Fabric Squares:

    • Decide on the size of the squares each shirt panel can yield. A common size is 12"x12", but you can adjust based on the shirt sizes and designs.
    • Use a ruler or measuring tape and a rotary cutter for precise cuts.
  3. Apply Interfacing:

    • Cut interfacing to the size of each fabric square.
    • Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of each cut shirt piece, following the interfacing’s heat-setting instructions.
  4. Arrange the Design:

    • Lay out the interfaced shirt squares on a large, flat surface.
    • Arrange the squares into your desired pattern, considering color balance and visual appeal.
  5. Sew the Squares Together:

    • Sew the squares into rows, and then sew the rows together. Pin the squares right sides together and use a straight stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
    • Press the seams flat with an iron as you go for a neater finish.
  6. Add Backing and Edge:

    • Choose a backing material, such as fleece or flannel, for added warmth and comfort. Cut the backing to match the size of your sewn squares.
    • Place the backing material right sides together with the sewn shirt squares. Sew around the edges, leaving a gap for turning.
    • Turn the blanket right side out through the gap, then hand-stitch or machine-sew the opening closed.
  7. Finishing Touches:

    • Topstitch around the edge of the blanket for a polished look and additional durability.

Whether draped over your couch, spread on your Puffy Lux Mattress, or gifted to a loved one, a DIY shirt blanket is a cozy, sentimental masterpiece.

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How to Make a T-Shirt Blanket

Making a T-shirt blanket follows a similar process but focuses more on preserving the printed designs of the T-shirts, which are often the centerpiece of each square.

Additional Tips for T-Shirt Blankets

How Often Should You Wash Your DIY T-Shirt Blanket?

Keeping your DIY shirt blanket clean and fresh is crucial, akin to maintaining the pristine condition of a Puffy Lux Mattress. Regular washing and care ensure that your handmade blanket remains as inviting and comfortable as the day you stitched it together

Creating a blanket from my family’s collection of vacation tees was not only a fun weekend project but also a meaningful way to remember those special times. Each segment of the blanket tells a story, much like the patches on a quilt, bringing comfort and nostalgia wrapped up in warmth.


Making a blanket out of old shirts is a rewarding project that breathes new life into unused garments. It’s an eco-friendly solution that personalizes your home decor and keeps your memories alive.

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