Making a Quilt Out of Clothing

April 25, 2005

Ask one of the elder family members to let you take their old shirts or dresses. Cut them up into strips or squares and make a quilt for the persons child or grandchild. It doesn't have to be fancy. What a treasure this was for my stepdaughter to get a quilt made out of her daddy's old shirts.

Advertisement



There are books in the library to show you how to do a very simple quilt for those who don't sew.

By Ardis Barnes

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More Comments

13 More Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

I have been second-hand shopping for several years. I got a beautiful ski coat with real fox fur on the hood for $5. I have also bought shoes that were just like new.

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More...

July 21, 2010

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.

Advertisement

I used light green, black, and red sweats and made a lap quilt. It's really warm and great for using during trips.

Comment Was this helpful? 4
Read More...

April 14, 2010

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 2
Read More...

January 25, 2007

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Here is my quilt top that I made using old clothes and fabric remnants. I am not going to put a backing on this one, it works great as a throw.

Advertisement

I was inspired not to put a backing on it when I read about a woman who made a quilt top and left it that way.

Quilt Top from Recycled Fabric

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More...

December 13, 2004

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

April 6, 2005

When my boys were small they loved wearing the character socks (Batman, Spiderman, Looney Tunes, etc.) As they grew older or wore out a pair, I saved them to make a quilt. I'm going to use the socks that don't have holes in them to make a "wheel" pattern and use solid fabrics as the background.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

November 13, 2010

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.

Advertisement

By connie from Canton, GA

Answers

November 13, 20100 found this helpful

Great minds run the same channels . . . hee, hee! I've been thinking of doing the same thing with some old family clothes, myself. :) Unfortunately, I've not yet educated myself well enough to offer sound advice.

Do a Goggle (or Bing, or whatever you use) internet search on "fat quarters" (a quilting term.) It might not be exactly what you are looking for but it's a starting point.

Check at your local library to see if there are any quilting groups in your area, and ask at any fabric store if they know of a quilting group or offer quilting classes.

I was fortunate to learn the basics of "piecing" and "hand quilt stitching" from my grandmother but that was many years ago.

Advertisement

There are so many more options available today for someone who wants to make a quilt. For example, some folks enjoy the "piecing" and will do so for a fee while others enjoy the actual "quilting" and have fancy machines (again for a fee) that can quilt an item in mere hours. If you get really lucky you just might find a group or individual that offers inexpensive classes, too.

Good luck, and post an essay here if you get it figured out! :)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 14, 20100 found this helpful

Kansas Cindy is right - between the library and Google you should be able to get the basics for your quilt. The only thing you might want to consider is if you have wildly varying fabrics they may need to be treated differently.

Advertisement

Some may need stabilizers (if they are stretch) for example. I am going to make one of all my "travel" t-shirts that I have sooo many of that I would need to live to 100 to be able to wear out!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 14, 20100 found this helpful

You can make the squares any size that you want. Myself being I'm not real patient, I make them as large as I can. lol Usually I make about a nine inch square. One thing you don't want to do is mix wovens and knits together. Also real light weight fabrics don't endure real long in a quilt. My Mother made my disabled daughter a quilt out of old clothes one time and the squares that were made out of lighter weight fabrics combined with the fact that they were slightly worn, didn't last as long as the ones made out of heavier cotton type fabrics and the new ones. As each square wore out I just covered it with a new square.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 14, 20100 found this helpful

Here is a site with instructions on how to make a simple crib quilt, but you can adjust the measurements to make it any size you want.
www.associatedcontent.com/.../guide_to_making_a_beginners_quilt...

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 14, 20100 found this helpful

My sister makes the cutest vests from acquired fabrics. Lightweight fabrics can be cut in to thin strips for crocheting a cloche or toque a trendy item the kids are wearing these days.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
November 18, 20100 found this helpful

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

January 8, 2014

My mother had a few dresses she wore a lot. After she passed away, I got the idea to make a quilt top using the clothes, but I wanted to keep the pieces large. I was thinking of maybe cutting a dress long ways down a seam so you could see the buttons. Maybe put her apron in. The problem is I have never quilted, so I don't know if a quilt of this type is possible.

By JoAnn

Answers

January 13, 20140 found this helpful

It is possible, and what a lovely way to keep your mum's memory alive! You can use her blouses or perhaps a lovely bodice (top part of a dress) to make a coordinated pillow (or first project to learn quilting without the daunting prospect of a entire bed quilt).

See the following link for a great quilting site with numerous beginner quilter pages, and a fantastic forum to ask for special help:

quilting.about.com/

I hope when your project is finished you will post a picture.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 2, 20160 found this helpful

Wonderful idea!!! A local quilting shop or the Quilt Guild can help you along with this!! Great idea, don't get discouraged, and you can accomplish this project!!!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

September 9, 2016

This is a page about making a quilt from old sweaters. Quilts have long been a handicraft that was a perfect way to recycle old clothing and linens into a new useful item.

Quilt made from a variety of knitted squares

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

August 19, 2020

This is a quilt I made using denim jeans and some flannel flat sheets.

Denim and plaid flannel quilt.

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

Archives

ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

November 13, 2010

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?

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...
Advertisement

Categories
Crafts QuiltingOctober 24, 2011
Pages
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😷
Coronavirus Tips
🌻
Gardening
🐛
Pest Control
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-08-19 11:11:56 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Quilt-Out-of-Clothing.html