There’s something about summer that just says tie-dye and picnics to me. Since I’ve discovered how fun tie-dyeing can be, I’ve become addicted. I thought I’d combine the two to make a DIY tie-dyed t-shirt quilt picnic blanket that’s perfect for summer picnics and absolutely perfect for a 4th of July picnic or for watching fireworks.
Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Quilt Picnic Blanket
If you don’t have the time to make your own t-shirt quilt, you can have one made for you from your own t-shirts. Project Repat makes quilts right here in the USA from the t-shirts you supply.
Tie-Dye Kit – thanks to Tulip for my kit – I prefer using a tie-dye kit because it contains everything I need for a project.
Men’s Large – XXL t-shirts – thanks to Tulip for my t-shirts – You can use old white t-shirts or purchase new shirts. I recommend using men’s size large or larger. The larger the shirt, the larger the square you can get for your quilt and the less sewing you have to do.
Iron-on Lightweight Interfacing – you need this to stabilize the t-shirt material. Without the interfacing, the t-shirt material will stretch as you sew it, making your quilt wonky, buckled and not square.
Backing fabric or bed sheet – I purchased a soft, inexpensive fabric for my quilt back, but you can also use a flat bed sheet in the size you’d like your finished quilt to be (minus the side seams).
Tie-dye your t-shirts according to the directions in the kit and check out my 10 Tie-Dye Tips from Our First Time Tie-Dyeing. I used 6 t-shirts, but you may need more or less depending on the size of your t-shirts and the desired size of your quilt.
Cut the t-shirt front and backs out. Cut them a bit larger than your desired size. I cut the squares as large as I could so I had less sewing to do. My finished squares came out to 14 1/4 by 19 inches (so the squares before sewing were 15 1/4 by 20 inches).
Cut the t-shirt squares to the desired size. I then cut sashing pieces approximately 3 1/2 inches wide (with 1/2 inch seams, the finished width of the sashing piece is 2 1/2 inches). The sashing pieces helps stabilize the t-shirt material and keep it square over time. I sewed the quilt back to the finished top of the quilt and chose not to add any batting to the quilt since I plan to use it as a picnic blanket. If you want to use the t-shirt quilt for warmth, you’d want to add quilt batting.
I’m so in love with this tie-dyed t-shirt quilt picnic blanket that I’ve already started planning the next one I want to make. It’s a great project to make with older children and results in a memory making picnic blanket for your family to share for years to come.
More amazing 4th of July ideas from my friends.
Homemade bug spray, which is much needed for 4th of July celebrations, from Andrea at Homemade for Elle.
The Essential Guide to a Stree-Free 4th of July Picnic from Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe.
Red, White and Blueberry Salad that is perfect for a 4th of July picnic from Cynthia at Feeding Big.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.