Do you live in or around Louisville, KY? You can drop off your order in person! Click the button below to make an appointment.
REMEMBER: This is only an approximate guide based off average shirt graphic size.
|SIZE||PRICE RANGE ($)*|
|Lap (9 – 14 shirt sides)||176 – 221|
|Throw (15 – 24 shirt sides)||230 – 311|
|Twin (25 – 30 shirt sides)||320 – 365|
|Full / Queen (31 – 49 shirt sides)||374 – 536|
|King (50+ shirt sides)||545+|
*Taxes may apply. This is the total cost and your deposit will be deducted from it.
At least five. The size of the quilt is determined by the number of shirt sides that are provided. We recommend that you focus only on using the shirts that have meaning and let it be whatever size it organically turns out to be. This also makes the process simpler for you.
We can use any fabric or article of clothing!
The front or back of a shirt. So, you can usually get up to 2 shirt sides from a shirt (the front & the back). We also call miscellaneous pieces “shirt sides” for pricing purposes, such as a sleeve, a handkerchief or pair of pants.
No, please provide us the whole shirt. If you’ve already cut them, we can still work with them but pre-cut shirt sides might incur a fee per pre-cut item to account for the extra labor and material needed to make them usable.
No, the end result is much better without it. Stabilizer is uncomfortably stiff at first, and then breaks down and balls up over time.
By default we will design the quilt for you and balance the colors as evenly as we can throughout the quilt. If you have a specific design in mind, please let us know when you order it and send us a photo of the layout if possible. That said, we usually prefer it be left to us!
Wash them, sort them based on what side you want, choose a color, and you’re done!
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You can view our order page here. Leave a deposit for your order, get us your shirts, and we’ll send an invoice for the balance before we ship. If you’re near Louisville, feel free to drop your shirts off in person by scheduling an appointment. Or, if you are simply too busy, you can even schedule a pickup and we’ll come get it!
Our turnaround is currently up to 4 weeks, but we can always work with you to get it done sooner. If your quilt is for a graduation or Christmas gift, please get it to us as soon as possible to minimize stress and late fees. We may even need to stop accepting orders during these periods due to high demand.
We will cut a square or rectangle from the side of the garment you designate (ideally by following our prep steps).
We use our best judgement to choose a usable size capturing the complete design element, ideally with an inch or two of blank space around the design and no cropping.
Some shirts may require extra work for a large variety of possible reasons, which can incur extra fees. Some examples include filling in the arm sleeves of a tank top so that we can fill out a full square to cut, or backing jerseys with another layer of material.
We only put the shirts on the front of the quilt and use high-quality fabric on the back. A quilt with shirts on the back cannot be machine quilted and tends to look sloppy.
When you order your quilt, simply indicate what you’d like embroidered (exactly as you’d like to see it). Font choices can be viewed here. Price is determined by the number of words and size, usually between $20-$30.
We can machine quilt or finish an existing quilt top, or make a pillow out of a shirt or two. Otherwise we are not currently accepting custom orders. Check with your local fabric/quilt shop to see if they have any referrals!
Yes, but we have found that one design works far better than the rest for t-shirt quilts. While other designs may seem good on paper, in practice our standard design is the least distracting in person and least likely to wrinkle the stretchy t-shirt fabric. Some may prefer to have no visible stitching across their shirts. This is very understandable but often results in saggy and dumpy looking quilts. This effect will be most visible in person and not in pictures (where a blanket may have been neatly spread out for presentation).
Yes. Please contact us beforehand to make sure you have enough fabric for the size of your quilt. There may be extra labor billed if your provided fabric requires it.
We've put a lot of thought into our process so that it can deliver the best value possible. This allows us to offer fully machine quilted mosaic/collage layouts with high quality fabric at a truly unbeatable price. An efficient process also allows us to get your quilt back to you quickly, even during rush seasons, while providing you with updates at each step of the process.
We don't need to use interfacing on shirts in order to piece them. This means there is not a stiff (and expensive) layer of stabilizer inside our quilts. We've also tested all of our materials for color fastness to ensure they don't bleed in the wash. Together with the machine quilting stitch, this makes the quilt strong and machine-washable.
Lastly, we've honed our ordering process to keep things as effortless as possible for you. We do all the cutting and layout work and only require minimal instruction from you on which side of each garment to use before we get started and handle the rest!
Having a t-shirt quilt made is exciting, but it can also be a little scary. Your shirts, jerseys and other pieces
of clothing are irreplaceable: what if something happens? We work to take all
the risk out of having a t-shirt blanket made. We don’t ask you to cut your own shirts or choose a layout.
That’s what we’re here for!
Plus, you can come to our shop in Louisville, Kentucky to drop off your shirts. You will have a one-on-one consultation with one of our quilting experts who will walk you through the process, help you make any choices and give you peace of mind that your keepsakes are in good hands.
Feel good about your decision to choose a Happy Dance Quilting t-shirt quilt:
not only are you reducing your environmental impact by giving clothes new life, but you’re supporting a
socially conscious business with strong community ties. We strive to create a
vibrant, engaging workplace where people from all walks of life feel welcome, and where our craftspeople are
fairly compensated for their work.
Ready to get started? Place an order now!