The normal lead time is 8-10 weeks depending on the time of the year. If you need your quilt sooner than 4 weeks, sometimes we can guarantee delivery, but there is a 10% rush charge. Less than 2 weeks, when possible, please add 20%.
How to begin your T-Shirt Quilt
The first thing that you will need to do once you have decided to have a t-shirt quilt made, is to decide what shirts will you use. Keep in mind; we can work with just about any kind of clothing item. This includes sweatshirts, bike jerseys, button-up shirts, football jerseys, etc. We can also use baby clothes, favorite jeans, swimsuits, etc. (sorry, no underwear!) Really there is no limit. Special items, that cannot be cut into a square, but must be applied to a square, and do cost extra. Normally this is $10 per applique.
Don’t worry if your shirts have tears or stains. We can work around most imperfections and you will be amazed how nice they end up looking once they are pressed and assembled into your quilt!
All shirts should be clean and dried without the use of any fabric softeners or dryer sheets. The coating left behind by these products makes them difficult to work with.
Once they are all cleaned you need to decide, if a shirt has information on the front AND back, which side you want to use in your quilt, or if you want both. They are many ways that we can work with smaller “chest prints”. Sometimes chest prints have dates and places that are not mentioned on the back. (See the photo gallery for different ways of using these prints). Normally we can add the chest print to the back of the shirt if you are having a gallery style quilt made, otherwise the front and back will be 2 different squares. If the full front and back are used, this will count as two shirts in a gallery style quilt. There is no charge for adding a small chest print to the back of the shirt in a gallery style quilt (up to 4 appliques, after that it is $5 per applique) to make one square. Keep in mind that if you are going to have a collage quilt made, then each part of the shirt will be used as separate squares.
PLEASE DO NOT CUT YOUR SHIRTS! If you are going to bring your shirts to our studio, then we will go through your shirts and we will make notes about which parts of the shirts you do/do not wish to use. If you are shipping your shirts to us, use a safety pin, a piece of masking tape, (please don't use duct tape as it leaves a sticky residue!) sticker, etc. to indicate which side (sides) of the shirt is to be used.
Once you have all your shirts ready you can bring them to our shop, or ship them if necessary. Please use the Shipping Info tab for more info about getting your shirts to us.