Making Quilts From Used Clothing

A MOTHER reader shares her experiences making quilts from used clothing, including using jeans and types of fabric for quilts and where to find used clothing for quilt projects.
By Jenny Kennedy
December 2000/January 2001
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I have a quilt made from castoff jeans that will last for many years.

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You can repurpose fabrics by making quilts from used clothing. 

My great-grandmother used old clothing to make her quilts and following her example by making quilts from used clothing, I have a quilt made from castoff jeans that will last for many years. As resources, friends' closets and garage sales are a good place to find cheap — even free — used jeans.

I cut squares (the same width but different lengths) and pieced them together into strips as wide as I wanted my quilt to be. When sewing the strips of blocks together, I didn't match the seams because a lot of them bunched together would be too thick to sew through. After the top was pieced, I used an old flannel sheet on the inside as a batting and a lightweight upholstery fabric on the back. I put the three layers together and finished the quilt by tying it.

Jenny Kennedy
Plattsburgh, New York

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