An inexpensive way to make a quilt is by using old clothing. This is also a great way to preserve special clothing, whether your own or maybe your children's old clothes. This is a guide about making a quilt out of clothing.
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For an easy Christmas gift, save your used children's clothes. Cut out as many squares and sew them together to make a front cover for a quilt. And just keep adding as they grow and when they are old enough they will have a quilt to remember them of their childhood.
By Donna E.
I have made a quilt out of my son's favorite graphic T-shirts. I just kept saving the shirts. When we had a few dozen, I cut huge squares with the designs, and the plain sides the same size. I stitched them together until I got it big enough for my son's full size bed.
I backed it with a clean sheet with batting in the middle. I stretched and tied it with neutral yarn, and finished it with a plain hem all around. He has used this quilt for years. It washes like a dream as it is T-shirts! He is out of state so I don't have a picture.
I have also made 2 quilts from jeans legs and they weigh a ton! Nice and warm for camping!
By Terry R. from Goodsprings, NV
This is a quilt I made using denim jeans and some flannel flat sheets.
Approximate Time: 14 days
For a picnic sized quilt that measures 79 x 79 inches, cut 400 circles from denim and 400 squares from flannel.
Join 4 circles and sew square centers in, sewing the "scallops" down in a zig-zag stitch to secure.
I make blocks and find it easier in joining the pieces later as the quilt becomes heavier. This quilt has no batting.
It weighs 5 lbs. and is quite warm for summer or winter.
By Monica from Cortez, CO
A friend gave me some sweats she couldn't wear anymore, but they didn't fit me or anyone in my family. I decided to try to make a quilt. I used light green, black, and red sweats and made a lap quilt. It's really warm and great for using during trips. I used it during a recent bus trip to Atlanta.
By joaniemee from Mayodan, NC
When I no longer need an item of clothing, I cut it apart at the seams and use the pieces to make quilt squares. I only use 100% cotton, that has been washed many times and will no longer shrink. I store all the same colors in a box for each color. This cuts down on spending, and I make a one of a kind memory quilt.
By Janet from Bradenton, FL
Make a quilt easily and cheaply. Use a flashy fabric for the top made from cheap clothing from the second hand shop. Use a mattress pad for the batting, and a nice fleecy or soft bedspread for the backing. Sew together and put a few ties into the center for stability, you'll be surprised at how warm and pretty these are.
I collect fabrics like velvets (friends give them to me for my quilts), or sweat shirts to make "theme" quilts. I've made lovely gifts like this for nearly no money.
By Katy B. from Dowagiac, MI
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How do I make a quilt out of old clothes? What size are the squares suppose to be? After I sew them together what is my next step? My mother just passed away and I really want to make a quilt out of her clothes.
By Connie from Canton, GA
If some of the clothes have fancy areas, I would try to make my squares in such a way as to incorporate them. Example, if something had a lace collar, I would cut a square that included the collar. If you wanted, you could sew it flat first. Don't forget to add seam allowances when cutting out squares, usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch. There is also crazy quilting on a recycled sheet the size you want for backing. Each piece is laid fronts together on another piece, stitched on one edge, flipped to hide the seam, repeat adjusting pieces to fit backing. Then machine or hand-quilt to backing. Add binding (satin blanket binding can be purchased in most chain stores), or just make the top a few inches smaller on each side and fold press and stitch the backing as a self-binding all around.
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I have a lot of my late mother's clothes and would love to make a beginners quilt out of them. Does anyone have directions to share?
Debra from Hampton, Tenn