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Preserving Team Spirit: T-Shirt Blankets for Sports Fans

August 05, 2023 4 min read

Want to make a memorable keepsake from your sports apparel collection? Find out how to make a sports-themed t-shirt blanket right here!


Have you always been a massive sports fan? Perhaps your passion is American football? Or maybe baseball is your game of choice? Whatever sport it is that gets your blood pumping and your adrenaline shooting through the roof, chances are you have a bunch of these sports shirts in your closet.

Rather than just let these much-loved keepsakes gather dust, why not put them to good use and transform them into your very own customized blanket?

It’s not as hard as you might think - all you need are a few basic crafting supplies and a little patience. Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to make sports-themed blankets. Plus, discover all the wonderful things you can do with a t-shirt blanket!  

What is a t-shirt blanket?

There are many different types of blankets on the market, such as cotton blankets and fleece blankets, most of which do the job of keeping you toasty and warm. However, if you are looking for something a little bit different to wrap around you when you are chilling on the couch, then you might want to consider a t-shirt blanket.

As the name suggests, a t-shirt blanket, or shirt quilts as they are sometimes referred to, is a blanket that is made out of t-shirts. Providing a stylish and functional way to use old sports shirts, there are so many fun ways that you can up-cycle your old tees and preserve your team spirit indefinitely.

What can a t-shirt blanket be used for?

Although this may seem like a bit of a silly question, there are actually many different uses for shirt quilts. Of course, the most obvious one is to keep you cozy and warm when the temperature drops, but that isn’t the only use for this versatile garment.

Looking for a unique and thoughtful graduation gift?

If someone you know is about to graduate from high school and they were a bit of a sports star, then why not design their very own blanket using their school sport’s jerseys?

A truly one-of-a-kind gift that they will treasure forever, you can create a blanket from pretty much any type of sporting garment.

Were you on the cheer leading squad? Don’t let those amazing memories fade into nothing.

Whether you played high school football, were on the swimming team, or your talents lay in athletics, t-shirt blankets can help you to celebrate and remember these amazing times in your life.

If you are not keen on the idea of making a blanket using your old sports shirts, then there is an alternative way to preserve your team spirit. Bespoke wall hangings and room dividers can be made from old sporting garments in much the same way as blankets can.

What materials can be used to make a sports t-shirt blanket?

Many sports t-shirts are made from a jersey material which means they are lightweight, easy to clean, and durable. However, as this fabric boasts lots of little holes, people are weary of using it in craft projects.

If you do have a collection of jersey shirts that you would like to use to make a t-shirt blanket, then the important thing to remember is that you must use the right type of stitch to avoid the seams from breaking apart when using and washing.

Technical fabrics are another popular choice for sports shirts and these are designed to offer both softness and breath-ability. This type of fabric can also be used to make a t-shirt blanket, but you need to be careful when applying heat as technical fabrics have a tendency to melt.

If you have sports tees that are made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or hemp, these are also all suitable.

Is there anything else I can use other than T-shirts?

If you are lacking in sports t-shirts, but you have other sportswear items, then you will be pleased to hear that there are lots of other garments and accessories that can be used to make a t-shirt blanket.

For example, sweatshirts and sweatpants are great for making heavier quilts that feel more like fleece blankets. Nylon jackets, which are often given to athletes as part of their team uniform, are also a popular choice as these tend to feature visual-appealing elements such as the team logo and player’s name. However, like technical fabrics, nylon may melt when exposed to heat, so be careful when using around an open fire.

Other sports garments you can use include:

  • Athletic bags
  • Nylon flags
  • Swimwear
  • Bandana
  • Hockey jerseys
  • Basketball or baseball uniforms

How to make a sports T-shirt blanket

Are you ready to get started making your own sports-themed blanket? Here at My T-Shirt Blanket, we have helped thousands of people to design customized blankets using their collection of sporting apparel.

Perfect for people who are not expert crafters or who do not have the time to take on a DIY project, simply follow the below simple steps and receive your very own customized blanket delivered directly to your door:

Step 1: Select your blanket size

Depending on how many sports shirts you have to use and the panel size based on the size of your graphics, you can choose the appropriate size for your custom blanket.

Step 2: Prepare your t-shirts

Before you send us your sports t-shirts, you first need to prepare them. Start by separating the front and back by cutting up the side seams and the seam of the sleeve and shoulder.

Step 3: Ship the panels

You only need to send the panels that you want us to include in your t-shirt blanket. For example, if you only want us to use the front of your sports tees, then only send these panels to use. Place your chosen panels in an appropriate-sized box and ship them to us using a carrier service of you choice. You can purchase a shipping mailer with a shipping label via our website which is our Hassle free shipping option.

Typically, our turnaround time around two weeks from the date we receive your t-shirt panels. However, we do offer a one week rush shipping option for customers who need their sports blanket by a specific date.

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