How to Make a Quilt Using My Kid's Old Clothes

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How to Make a Quilt Using My Kid's Old Clothes
Create a basic patchwork quilt out of your child's old clothes. (Indian quilt for sale image by Tasha from

Children's clothing seems to multiply in the laundry. Kids grow out of them so fast that there are always old clothes around the house that no one can wear. Put that old clothing to good use by making a quilt out of it. The quilt does not have to be difficult; making a simple block quilt will allow you to show off more of the clothing than cutting it up into smaller patch pieces. A simple quilt also does not take a lot of skill, so beginning quilters can accomplish this task easily.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Old clothes
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Backing fabric
  • Batting
  • Binding

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    Pick out clothing that you want to include in the quilt. The fabric can be within the same colour family, or of a specific type of fabric or all different. You can choose clothing that has special meaning, or just regular clothing that has small holes, small stains or are simply outgrown.

  2. 2

    Determine the size quilt you want. A good-sized lap quilt is roughly 30 by 45 inches square. If you like one a little larger, make it about 49 by 56 inches.

  3. 3

    Cut out squares to meet your measurements. If you use smaller squares, you can use more fabrics, or use several squares of each fabric. For the smaller quilt, smaller squares look better; cut out 150 3 1/2 inch squares. The larger quilt looks better with larger squares, so cut out 56 seven-inch squares.

  4. 4

    Line your squares up on the floor or a large table. Arrange them until you like the way it looks.

  5. 5

    Sew one row together one at a time. Use a 1/4-inch seam.

  6. 6

    Repeat sewing rows until you have completed all of your rows.

  7. 7

    Sew your rows together, starting at the top.

  8. 8

    Cut out a piece of lining fabric and batting that fits your quilt top.

  9. 9

    Lay your backing on the floor, right side down. Place the batting on top, followed by the quilt top. Make sure the quilt top is facing up.

  10. 10

    Pin the three layers together along the edges and in the middle of each square.

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    Sew along the outside with a 1/4-inch seam. Make sure you catch all three layers.

  12. 12

    Sew along each seam in the quilt; along each row and column. This helps to secure the three layers and gives it the quilted look, especially in the back.

  13. 13

    Pin binding around the edges and sew it in place, making sure to catch all three layers again.

  14. 14

    Trim any loose threads that may still be hanging.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your quilt squares highlight special aspects of the old clothes; a pocket on blue jeans, a special button on a shirt or lace on the front of a dress.
  • Make several different themed quilts; baby clothes, blue jeans, T-shirts or formal dresses such as homecoming or bridesmaid dresses.

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