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Patchwork Quilt with DCs' old clothes - woolly stuff too or am I mad?

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flubba Sun 16-Sep-12 08:44:02

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.

Expert (or any really!) advice appreciated. smile

GobblersKnob Sun 16-Sep-12 08:47:50

I think it's a lovely idea and one that I am thinking about doing too smile

flubba Sun 16-Sep-12 09:10:05

Thanks Gobblers. Charming name by the way ;) grin

Snog Sun 16-Sep-12 09:21:11

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!!

flubba Sun 16-Sep-12 18:59:50

Thanks snog. The woolly things are more cottony knit things rather than wool, so could still be washed at 40 for example.

I'll see if I have enough material without the knitted stuff, and if not, I'll either add some 'new' material, or risk it [nervous but excited emoticon] grin

flubba Wed 26-Sep-12 16:22:05

Well I did it! Jumpers and all and I love it! smile Here it is

Snog Wed 26-Sep-12 21:16:51

Wow flubba, that is super awesome!!! Thanks for sharing, now I want to do one too!
Snog xxx

thewhistler Wed 26-Sep-12 21:32:59

It's lovely.

Some of the most beautiful antique crazy quilts I've seen have silk, velvet, cotton, linen, tweed, all the household's cloth. Ok, so needs dry cleaning, but..

TodaysAGoodDay Wed 26-Sep-12 21:50:10

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.

And that's beautiful by the way Flubba smile

flubba Thu 27-Sep-12 09:43:19

Thank you smile And don't get me wrong, I know it's wonky and wobbly, but that's a bit like me so it's okay smile

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 smile

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