One of my favorite blankets is a t-shirt blanket that I made from shirts I found at the local thrift store! Making this does require that you know how to operate a sewing machine. Or, if you are crafty enough, you can use the no-sew tie method to make an interesting, texture rich blanket.
3 yards of fleece
sewing machine, needle, thread,pins, etc.
Go to the thrift store and buy roughly 10 large shirts. You will be cutting these shirts so it isn’t important what they look like, unless you just really want to. I chose my based on colors. (Orange, Red, Yellow and Turquoise)
Using a piece of cardboard, mark off an 12″ by 12″ squares. You will get two squares per shirt. Place the square on top of the shirts, after you wash and dry them and lay them flat. Cut around the square. It doesn’t have to be exact and in fact, it’s better if it isn’t.
Once you have cut out 20 squares, you’re going to pin the t-shirts together. Take two shirts and lay them atop two more shirts. Pin it one on one side with a one inch border. You will make a seam with on this border. Repeat this step until you have five pairs. Create the seam.
After putting the seam in, you will lay the double squares on top of eachother, once again placing a one inch seam. Make sure all the seams are facing out, as you are going to sew the seams on the top, so that the seam is showing. This will fray as it is used and make for a fluffy texture.
You should now have a large, squarish looking quilt top of tshirts. Continue adding shirt blocks (seams all facing the same way!) until you have enough to cover the 3 inches of felt. Once you have it, place the sewed shirt blocks seam up on the top of the fleece. Pin it together, keeping it smooth, so that the fleece is on one side and the shirts on the other (seams up). It will look sort of messy, but that is ok, you want that.
Using a needle, you will “Tack” the material together, by pulling the string through the material until both ends are facing the same way. Cut it and tie it in a knot. I used embroidery thread, so that it was a big, chunky knot.
Once you get that done, you will make cuts that are about two inches into the fabric on all four sides. Once you have, you will knot the fabric together, for a finish. If you are a little more comfortable with sewing, you can bind the material using a binder, or a binding stich. I am not that crafty, so I just tied the edges!