The Maker Concierge on How To Make a Quilt from Old Clothing

Quilting is an outstanding way to reuse and upcycle old clothing, and quilters have a long tradition of turning worn-out and stained clothing (or scraps) into warm and beautiful blankets. I, too, love using up every last bit of material that would otherwise end up in the landfill, so I was thrilled when I got this question from Kelly in Washington, DC, in my Maker Concierge inbox.

If you’ve ever wanted to turn a pile of well-loved clothing into a warm and snuggly quilt, here’s how to get started!

Quilting & Clothing Recycling Tutorials and Online Classes

Books & Magazines

Tips & Notes

  • If any of the clothes you’ll be using are knits (like t-shirts or sweats), you’ll need to stabilize that fabric before sewing it. Google for more info on how (or take the Craftsy T-shirt quilt class I mentioned above).
  • I hereby give you permission to buy fabric (even thrifted bedsheets) to fill in gaps or tie together the visual look!

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In the Washington, DC, Area