So have saved lots of my kiddies' old clothes to make into a quilt thing for me to sob into when they no longer want to cuddle me all day them. Thing is I also have a few woolly things which I'd like to include, but not sure if I'm being crazy to do so?
I thought I could back those pieces with a soft interfacing to help them retain their shape and help them not fray.
Think about washability as well as keeping shape/size. Perhaps the wooly things would work better on a small project like a cushion cover?
Patchwork tends to work best with all 100% cotton prewashed fabric of similar weight.
It's a gorgeous idea and I'm sure it will be treasured. IF you are sentimental about the kids clothes you could do a digital media project which was based on patchworking photos. Pic collage on ipad is an example of an easy way to do this. This helps to avoid the trap I fall into of collecting stash for years for future projects and cluttering up all the space in my tiny home!!
Woolly things are fine to use, I'm in the middle of making a quilt from DS's baby stuff. Just sew the woolly things down well onto plain (white is a good idea) cotton, and I mean well . If you have a machine you could freestyle sew all over it to the cotton, that way when the quilt is washed or dried it won't stretch or shrink. Good luck, it's a fantastic thing to do.
Thank you And don't get me wrong, I know it's wonky and wobbly, but that's a bit like me so it's okay
I added soft woven interfacing to the back of the woolly bits which seems to have worked well too. I haven't (yet?) quilted over the, ahem, squares but may well do it if and when I wash it. All three DCs snuggled under it last night and looked very cosy