6 New Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts

6 New Ways On How To Use Tattered Old Quilts

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

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

Old Quilts - 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

Old Quilts - 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

Old Quilts - 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

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

Old Quilts - 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.

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