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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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!