6 New Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts
These six simple done-in-a-day projects will let your frayed, stained, and damaged-beyond-repair coverlets rise and shine well beyond the basement. Whether it’s a T-shirt blanket that’s taken a battering on many a travel adventure, or a quilt that’s been passed down through generations and is finally beginning to fall apart, you can re-purpose them in some fantastic ways.
So, here are some Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts
Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts – Create a Gallery Wall
If you’re (understandably!) reluctant to cut a quilt—even when it’s tattered beyond repair—look for individual vintage blocks at thrift stores or on Etsy.
The pattern: Rolling Star
Step 1: Remove the glass from a picture frame to use as a template for cutting each quilt block. (We used Antique Silver Gallery Frames from West Elm, $59, 18″ square; westelm.com.)
Step 2: Lay quilt flat with the pattern facing upward. Place the glass over the desired area and cut along edges with a rotary cutter. Position in frame and hang.
How To Use Tattered Old Quilts to Stitch a Bolster Pillow
The pattern: Old Maid’s Puzzle
Step 1: Lay quilt flat and cut two pieces measuring 36″ W x 22″ H. Place two pieces right sides together. Sew along edges using a ½-inch seam, leaving a 5-inch opening at the center of a long edge (this is the bottom).
Step 2: Turn cover right-side out, insert polyester fiberfill to desired fullness, and hand-stitch opening closed.
Skirt a Console Table
The pattern: Ocean Wave
Step 1: Lay quilt flat and cut into two halves down the vertical center.
Step 2: Find and mark the front center of a simple console table. Starting from the marked point and working out to the left, use a staple gun to attach the cut edge of one piece to the top of the table. Repeat with the second piece on the right side, leaving a small opening at the center. Trim excess quilt material.
Step 3: At the center of the table, use a staple gun to attach one strip of excess material to the underside of the tabletop. (This will create the look of a pleat behind the gap between two pieces.)
Step 4: Top the table with a stained piece of wood to cover exposed staples.
Build a Folding Screen
The pattern: The Diamond Field
Step 1: Starting with three pieces of plywood (2′ W X 6 ½’ H), mark and drill where hinges will be placed—approximately a third of the distance from top and bottom of each panel. (The center panel will have hinges attached to both left and right sides.)
Step 2: Cut quilt batting into pieces slightly larger than screen panels. Stretch over the front of each panel, and then use a staple gun to affix to the back of each panel so staples are hidden. Trim excess batting.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with the desired quilt.
Step 4: Use the screwdriver to affix hinges to the screen. (A drill is likely to skew placement of fabric.)
Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts – Hang a Headboard
The pattern: Cross in the Square
Step 1: About 5 feet above the bed mount a drapery rod that’s long enough to extend 4 inches beyond either side of the mattress.
Step 2: Drape quilt over the rod so that ? of length hangs behind. Use large safety pins to secure the back of the quilt to the front just below the rod, creating a pocket.
Cover a Lampshade
The pattern: Friendship Quilt
Step 1: Measure circumference and height of a drum shade. Add 1 inch to both measurements.
Step 2: Using a fabric pen, draw a rectangle the size of the above dimensions on the quilt. Cut along marked lines.
Step 3: Create a finished seam on one of the short sides by folding over 1 inch of fabric and adhering with fabric glue.
Step 4: Place the fabric pattern side down onto the flat surface. Cover with spray adhesive.
Step 5: Starting at the fabric’s unfinished short edge, wrap around shade and smooth. Fold over excess along the top and bottom edges of shade, then adhere with fabric glue.