6 Ways to Repurpose or Recycle Your Old Quilt

Apr 12, 2017by Kimberly Foerst
You have a favorite old quilt that you simply don’t want to get rid of, but it’s too old or possibly too ragged to continue using on your bed. What do you do? We say repurpose it.
If you are handy with a sewing machine or a knitting needle, these projects should be fairly simple to complete.

Turn Your Quilt Into Decorative Throw Pillows

1. DIY Decorative Pillows
Depending on the size of the pillows you want and the size of your quilt, you should be able to cut the quilt and create at least two or three pillows. Stick to square or rectangle shapes for ease, rather than circular or oval shapes.
Close up three sides of the pillows and stuff it with whatever filling you like, such as foam, feathers, cotton, or a blend. Once it is stuffed to your liking, close them up and throw them on your sofa or bed to enjoy your cherished quilt in a whole new way.
2. Make It Into Doll Clothing
An easy way to keep your family quilt in the family is to pass it on to your daughter or niece in the form of shirts, skirts, booties, dresses, accessories and more for her favorite dolls or stuffed animals. A quick Google search will provide you with all kinds of templates to cut and sew clothing in the right size for all her favorite toys.
3. Create Bags
Carry your quilt with you everywhere you go. Turn it into a handy tote bag, a reusable grocery bag, or a travel bag.

Framed Briley Quilt

4. Turn It Into Framed Art
If your quilt has a decorative design, cut a section of it and put it into a nice frame for your wall or your mantel. Don’t go smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches if you want to avoid it blending in instead of standing out in your room. If you have enough fabric left, you can also create a set of matching coasters for your coffee table and end tables.
5. Make a Tree Skirt or Stockings
Save your special quilt for use only during the holidays by cutting the fabric to make a Christmas tree skirt or holiday stockings.

White cat on Layla Quilt

6. Give It To Your Pets
If you don’t care to cut or sew your quilt, consider your pets. Furry family members love lying on soft items that smell like their people.
For many, family quilts hold high sentimental value. Don’t throw away your old quilt if it starts to fray or becomes tattered. Use the ideas above to repurpose it into something you can continue to use and enjoy with your family.
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