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I'm a first time t-shirt quilt buyer. How does this work?

This article will help you understand how to order and what to expect when purchasing with MemoryStitch for the first time. Whether you need help picking a panel size, or don't know what long-arm stitching is, we've got you covered!

Are you looking to buy your first T-shirt quilt? Did you see one on social media and realize it's the perfect way to preserve all your memories? Are you maybe a little intimidated by the project or a little worried about sending your favorite T-shirts off to Nebraska?

No worries! Our team at MemoryStitch is here to help you out.

Placing your order

You can place your order online through our website. Click here to see How It Works! 

Prior to ordering, make sure you know about how many t-shirts you have and a general idea of the size of the t-shirts you have. We do have several different products to choose from, so make sure you've checked out all the products on our product page before you decide which one you're interested in! 

Understanding shirt size (panel size):

A panel is each individual block on a quilt. One panel = one t-shirt side. We offer several different panel sizes for your t-shirt quilt. Panel size is really dependent on the size of your shirts and the size of your graphics.

Note: Please do not pre-cut your panels. Materials sent in should be at least 2 inches above (bigger) your desired panel size. For example, for 12"x12" panels, please send in materials that are, at minimum, 14x14 inches.

As a very basic rule,

  • 8"x8" works great for onesies and small youth clothing,
  • 12"x12" is well-suited for youth and small shirts, and
  • 14"x14" is usually good for medium, large, and XL shirts.

However, this works on a very case by case basis. Our recommendation is to measure your shirts. Anything beyond the panel size you select will be trimmed off, and will not be visible on the quilt.

Please send in a minimum of 2 inches over the panel size you select. We need the following amounts of material to work with for each panel size.

8x8 | 10 by 10 inches

12x12 |14 by 14 inches

14x14 | 16 by 16 inches

15x15 | 17 by 17 inches

You can simply measure your shirts with a ruler and decide whether your graphic would fit better in a larger panel size or if the size of shirt calls for a smaller panel size.

If your T-shirts are too large or too small for the panel size you selected, we will try to contact you for direction. This may result in fees if added material or additional labor is required. We will never send you an invoice without communicating with you first. However, please try to select the correct panel size and follow proper preparing instructions to avoid these complications.

Below you can see photos of shirts that were trimmed (Photo 1) and photos of shirts that had enough room to fit the panel size (Photo 2).

Photo 1

Note: Our manufacturers recommend 14" or 15" panels for items of clothing such as jerseys, concert shirts, and shirts from sororities and fraternities. Shirts with large graphics could be cut off and should be measured prior to sending them in.

Understanding the difference between Standard and Premium:

We offer "T-Shirt Quilts," and we also offer "Premium Quilts with Long-Arm Stitching." Both can be found on our product page.

Our t-shirt quilts come in 5 different sizes to tell your story and our backed with super soft Minky fabric backing. They are machine-washable, durable, and meant for everyday use. They make great gifts for college/high school students or young adults in their first apartment.

Our Premium quilts with long-arm stitching come in 5 different sizes to tell your story and have cotton batting between the front side and back side, for a heavier/warmer quilt. Additionally, they have long-arm stitching, for a more traditional-looking quilt with a Stipple design and are also backed with our super soft Minky fabric backing. The batting and long-arm quilt stitching  create a long-lasting product you can enjoy for many, many years.

After Placing your Order

Once your order has been placed, you'll receive a confirmation email including instructions on how to send your shirts to us. The process is simple! Cut your shirts in half and only send us the sides you want included in your quilt.

Because of the potential for "sticky residue" that can transfer onto your shirts/fabrics, please do not use tape on your shirts. We also ask that you do not send your shirts in with pins, needles, tape, sticky notes, or rubber bands. If you'd like to notate specific instructions, please email us or give us a call.

As you can imagine, creating a quilt is sort of like assembling a jigsaw puzzle where a "picture is worth a thousand words." To help us get it correct, we've found that the best way to make sure that we assemble the correct "fronts" and "backs" of your shirts for your quilt is to create and email us a photo layout of how you'd like your shirts used to make your quilt.

So, if you have a desired layout, snap a photo of it, and email the photo to us at: info@memorystitch.com - just be sure to include your order number. Contents of your shipment will shift in transit, so you must send us a photo if you desire a specific layout.

You can ship the correct number of shirts to us in a box. Please make sure to include your order number. Check out the video below on proper preparation!

Once you've sent off your shirts, the rest is on us!

Once your tracking shows that your package is delivered, we have your shirts in our secure receiving warehouse. Once your project has been transported to our manufacturing warehouse and our team has started, you will receive an email confirming that we have started on your project. Our customer support team will not be able to provide any updates on your order if it has not yet reached production.

You'll receive another email when your finished t-shirt quilt is on it's way to you. And don't worry, your shirts are in great hands while they're here. We employ professional and highly-trained sewers who work directly for us! We don't outsource any of our work. You can rest assured that your memories are very important to us.


If you have any questions or concerns at any point during the process, our team is happy to help. Email us at info@memorystitch.com or give us a call at (855) 792-4205.