Repurposed wool men's suits can be recycled into a warm quilt by an uncomplicated cutting and sewing process. Wool suits are often available at thrift stores and each pair of trousers and jacket holds yardage for the patchwork pattern. The high quality wool makes a cosy quilt and requires no batting, which is traditionally placed as a middle layer in a cotton quilt. Flannel fabric can be used to make a soft backing for the wool quilt.
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Things you need
- Four old, clean wool suits
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- 1-yard flannel fabric
- Safety pins
Draw a 5 1/2-inch square on the cardboard. Cut out the square for a template.
Cut the suits apart at the seams to create flat pieces of wool fabric. Draw around the cardboard with the chalk on the fabric, and cut along the chalk lines to make 32 wool squares.
Sew two different wools squares together at one edge, with a 1/4-inch seam. Repeat. Sew the two pairs of squares together to make a four-patch.
Make eight four-patch squares with the wool. Sew the four-patches together to create a 32-patch wool quilt top.
Cut the flannel to the exact size of the quilt top for the quilt backing. Pin the backing and top together with one safety pin in the centre of each square.
Sew the two layers together with small stitches, following the seam lines. Cut a 2-inch wide strip of fabric the length of the perimeter of the quilt, piecing the strip if necessary, for a binding.
Sew to the edge of the quilt, right sides together, with a 1/4-inch seam. Fold the binding over 1/2-inch twice and hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.
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