Making Quilts with Old Pants – A pattern and a giveaway

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Last fall, I made three quilts destined to young boys, as Christmas gifts. To make those quilts, I used my sons’ old cotton pants.

Old pants make sturdy quilts that can endure rough treatments, in terms of usage (car, camping, etc.) or cleaning (washing machine and dryer). Also, using old pants is a fun way to recycle clothes that may not be wearable anymore, but that still have beautiful and usable pieces of fabric.

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I have written a pattern, in French and in English. The difficulty level is medium, because of the thickness of the fabrics involved and because the project starts with pants that must be deconstructed. But in the end, this is easy, fun and rewarding. 

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Each square measure, before sewing, 15.2 cm / 6”. The finished quilt measures 98 cm x 154 cm / 38 1/2” x 60 1/2”.

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After I finished the tops, I have added a few houses, using the same fabrics as for the squares (even the tiniest scraps were put to use). Designing houses was the funniest part of making these quilts!

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My pattern includes detailed step-by-step instructions on how to deconstruct the pants, how to make squares and assemble them, how to make house appliqués how to add the back fabric and how to make the quilting. It also includes a layout for the squares, examples for house appliqués, schemas and many pictures to guide you along the way. My pattern is now available in my Craftsy Pattern Store, in English and in French.

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Now, let’s have some fun! I’m giving away two pdf patterns. The two winners can choose between an English pattern and a French pattern. For a chance to win, follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. The giveaway ends next Sunday, March 20, at midnight.

Good luck and have fun making quilts with old pants!


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20 thoughts on “Making Quilts with Old Pants – A pattern and a giveaway

  1. I’m in the process of making Memory Quilts for my family and Caregivers of my Mother and Father. I’m using their clothes to make these quilts. This looks like it would be a perfect pattern for my project.

    • I love Memory Quilts because old clothes become treasures. We see many made with shirts, but pants tend to be overlooked. I think that’s a shame because pants give you big pieces of fabric.
      Of course, this pattern can be used for shirts too. 🙂
      Thank you for participating. Have a good day!

  2. I love the ingenuity of using what you already have on hand. I think this would be a wonderful thing to do for my sons. I wonder if I could do a t-shirt quilt on one side and back it with pants?

    • What an excellent idea! The pants on the back would counterbalance the stretchy fabric of the t-shirts. This is an idea I will keep in mind. I’m so glad you mentioned it. If you make such a quilt, please let me know, so I can have a look at it.
      Thank you for participating.

        • No, I don’t. But I recall reading that some stabilize the t-shirt fabric before assembling the pieces. I think that thin fusible interfacing would stabilize beautifully the stretchy fabric.

          • I have made several t-shirt quilts, using both thin fusible (Pellon) interfacing and fusible woven fabric interfacing. I highly recommend the fusible woven (fabric) interfacing – it’s much better at keeping the t-shirts from stretching when you quilt them!!

            • Thank you, Sarah, for your recommendation. I know you’re a prolific and talented quilter. If you say that fusible woven interfacing works better, I believe you. I will remember to use it if I make such a quilt. Thank you for visiting!

  3. Thanks for sharing your post, I love to see how clothes/fabric can be recycled into quilts and also making it a personal gift by using the recycled fabrics..Thnx I am going to Pin this for others to see!!!

    • Many people like to receive things made with their old clothes or with a family member’s clothes. For example, a grandmother who receives something made with her grandchildren’s clothes. 🙂
      Thank you for participating and for the pin–I appreciate it.

  4. France those are such wonderful quilts and the perfect way to recycle old clothing. I loved seeing all the close up photos and reading more about it. Pinned it to “Quilts, Quilts, Quilts” too!

    • Thank you, Lara! For the compliment and the pin. I appreciate it. 🙂 I made four more quilts with pants and will show them in the following weeks. Have a great day!

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