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.
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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 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 pattern facing upward. Place glass over desired area and cut along edges with a rotary cutter. Position in frame and hang.
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 front center of a simple console table. (We used the Lindsey from Home Depot, $208; homedepot.com.) Starting from marked point and working out to the left, use a staple gun to attach cut edge of one piece to the top of the table. Repeat with 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 staple gun to affix to back of each panel so staples are hidden. Trim excess batting.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with desired quilt.
Step 4: Use screwdriver to affix hinges to screen. (A drill is likely to skew placement of fabric.)
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 mattress.
Step 2: Drape quilt over rod so that ⅓ of length hangs behind. Use large safety pins to secure back of quilt to the front just below rod, creating a pocket. (Quilt shown is Annabelle, $810; usonline.apc.fr.)
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 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 fabric pattern-side down onto 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 top and bottom edges of shade, then adhere with fabric glue.