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A Blanket of Memories

As Ohio University students, collecting an abundance of apparel with the Ohio U logo, attack cat, and signature colors, is inevitable. We all want to show our school pride and there are many creative and fun ways to do that without dropping too much money. This DIY T-shirt blanket is a great craft for those who have amassed more shirts than they know what to do with, and it can be made with any number of shirts. It is also an environmentally friendly way to upcycle old T-shirts that do not fit or have fades and stains without throwing them away.

Materials Needed:


12”x12” piece of cardboard

Permanent or fabric marker


Soft plush/flannel fabric (dependent on the number of T-shirts used)

Step 1: Lay one shirt flat and place the piece of cardboard over the logo/design or desired area.

Step 2: Trace the outline of the cardboard onto the shirt with the marker.

Step 3: Cut along the marker line.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 until all T-shirts have been cut into 12”x12” panels.

Step 5: Arrange the panels in the desired arrangement.

Step 6: Take 2 adjacent panels from the arrangement and lay them on top of each other with the logos/designs touching.

Step 7: Cut 1-2 inch strips along the edges of both panels.

Step 8: Tie the strips together, leaving the last corner strip untied (Tip: if the panels seem to be shrinking on the edges, gently pull them to stretch them back out).

Step 9: Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining panels until all panels are tied together.

Step 10:  Lay the plush/flannel fabric flat and place the T-shirts on top with the logos/designs facing up.

Step 11: Cut 1-2 inch strips along the edges of the fabric so they align with the strips on the T-shirts.

Step 12: Tie the T-shirts to the fabric.

Step 13: Enjoy your new blanket.

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