It's funny how clothes acquire their own unique history. Baby clothes and blankets seem to keep their newborn smell, favourite t-shirts and jumpers are worn into wearable softness and jeans that last through seasons seem to hold the shape of loved ones.
Making a memory quilt is a great way to keep some of your old favourites near. Whether it's made from your baby's first jumpsuits, your teenager's favourite t-shirts or a loved one's cherished items, with a few hours up your sleeve, a sewing machine and the ability to sew in a straight line you can own your very own quilt to cuddle up with this winter.
You don't need too much fancy equipment — just a pair of scissors, a few old pieces of clothing and a sewing machine — and you don't need to bother with basting and binding. This memory quilt is perfect for beginners and is budget-friendly too, so if you've always wanted to make your own quilt it's time to get started.
From each item of clothing, cut as many 6-centimetre squares as you can. Try to keep any logos or images intact and try to cut the squares with the natural grain of the fabric.
Once you have cut out all the squares, arrange them on a table to suit your fancy.
Pin the squares together to form rows, then sew each square in the row to its neighbour to form a long strip.
When all the rows have been sewn together, sew each row to its neighbour to finish the front of your blanket
Turn the front of the blanket over and place it on the large piece of backing material so the fronts of both pieces are faced together. Pin around the edges then cut off any excess, leaving a 2-centimetre seam around all the edges.
Sew around each edge, leaving a medium gap at the bottom of the quilt. Turn the quilt inside out and sew up the gap to finish it. You may want to hand stitch the gap to get a neater finish.
Finally, sew a straight line around the entire edge of your quilt about 1 centimetre from the border. This will finish your quilt off nicely without needing to bind it.
A memory quilt is a wonderful gift for a child, a loved one or a grandparent. Or make one for yourself as a lasting memory of someone you hold dear.
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