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.
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