Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Well, I don’t have a pattern as I have not quilted anything yet. My sister is quilting using our father’s clothes and store bought fabric. Our father passed away a year-and-a-half ago, and she is making us memory pieces.

I was thinking that we could do different things with old clothes, and here are some ideas for fabric to use:

* Old Jeans would be great to use for boys, or cowgirls.

* Used baby clothes would be great for making baby things.

* Christmas clothing could be used for making holiday items. Likewise with other holidays.

Here are some ideas for projects:

* Quilts, lap quilts and wall quilts.

* Tote bags and purses.

* Curtains, drapes and blinds.

* Place mats, pot holders, coasters and oven mitts.

* Table runners and doilies.

* Tree skirts, stockings and ornaments.

* Pillow shams/cases, throw pillows.

* Quilted clothing for babies.

Where to get the old clothes:

* Anything that you or your children no longer want, or grow out of.

* Yard/garage sales.

* Dollar stores.

*Thrift shops.

These projects can all be done relatively frugally if done right.


7 thoughts on “Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

  1. I use old/goodwill sheets for a quilt backer. The warmest quilt I’ve ever had used three layers: first the quilted top out of nicer clothes in the scrap bin, then a “fuzzy” layer consisting of old socks, flannels, fleeces, felts and other insulating fabrics sewn together, then a sheet as backer. The total cost was $2.00 for the sheet from goodwill, plus thread. Quilt batting is expensive. It saves time, but the old-fashioned method makes a better, warmer, more durable quilt. It’s heavier, but I prefer that anyway.

  2. I have a bunch of my dad’s old polo shirts, that I want to make into a quilt. Do you have to stablize these shirts like you do if you are making t-shirts into a quilt? Do need somebody’s help on this.


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