Sashing and Borders
brings your Quilt together

This is a continuation of a Six (6) series quilting articles on:

How to Make T-Shirt Quilts

Here are the article sequence, please follow it accordingly to get the most from them. 

  1. See how I made T-Shirt Quilts in 7 days!
  2. Stabilizing the material is key for t-shirt quilts
  3. Designing and Sizing is THE process that the makes a tshirt quilt
  4. Sashing and Borders brings your tee-shirt Quilt together
  5. Quilting and Binding the last steps to t shirt quilt completion
  6. Complete T-Shirt Quilt made in seven days

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December 22nd...

Now for the Quilt Lattice or Sashing and borders.

How To Sew Sashing

  • I cut 3 strips of my black fabric 3 1/2" wide by the width of the fabric.


  • Then I cut those strips into 3 1/2" by 14 1/2" for the horizontal rows of lattice. 


  • Next I cut two strips of checkerboard 3 1/2" wide.


  • From that I cut 20 checkerboard setting squares.

 

  • Using 4 checkerboard squares and three black strips, I made the horizontal row of lattice.

I needed 5 of these rows in total.

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  • Next I need to add the 16 1/2" black sashing strips to my blocks.

I will need four for each row, or a total of 16 sashing strips for this section.

  • Once my sashing strips are attached to the blocks, I sew the blocks into a row.
  • Then I sew together the next three rows.

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How to Sew Quilt sashing and borders

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scrappy quilt with white sashing
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Here is a picture of the t-shirt quilt without borders....

adding sashing in quilts

How to Make T-Shirt Quilt
sashing and borders

Now to create the quilt borders...

sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
  • I cut my borders 6" wide, across the width of the fabric.

This means I have to join the strips to make them longer.

You can do this with a straight seam, or you can make a diagonal or bias seam.  

  • I chose the bias seam method.
  • By overlapping the two strips at right angles, I can draw a line from corner to corner to guide my sewing.
  • After I sew the line, then
  • I cut away the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4" seam allowance
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt

Cutting away the excess quilt fabric.......

In order to keep the quilt square, I measure through the center of the quilt to find out the length to cut my borders.

The length of the two side borders should be exactly the same length as the quilt so far.

After I cut the borders, then I place a pin at the center of the border and the quilt, and pin them together.

Then I pin the ends, and add a couple of pins in between and sew it all.

sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt
sewing borders for a quilt

Do the same for the top and bottom quilt borders.

  • I measured through the center of the quilt to determine how long to cut my borders.
  • Then pinned them and sewed them the same as above.

Because this quilt was getting so long, I made the top border narrower than the others.

sewing borders for a quilt

Tadaaaaaa.......here is the finished t-shirt quilt top! with the quilt sashing and borders in place.

t-shirt quilt complete top

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