A quilt made from your child's clothing is a wonderful way
to preserve the memories their clothing holds.
Children's clothes have so many special memories
- the overalls worn while learning to crawl, the blanket that
was carried around until it almost fell apart, a favorite shirt,
a bib, a bit of smocking or a pair of flannel sleepers. For those
items too precious to part with, a childhood memory quilt is the perfect
way to preserve the memories they hold and is sure to become
a treasured family heirloom.
Children's memory quilts can include items of clothing,
bibs, receiving blankets, onesies, pajamas, just about anything.
Here are some examples of childhood memory quilts that
A Little Boy's Memory Quilt with Matching Pillow Sham
A Little Girl's Memory Quilt with Matching Pillow Sham
Closeup of Boy's Childhood Memory Quilt
Closeup of Childhood Memory Quilt Matching Sham
Childhood memory quilts take more time to make than traditional
quilts because of the small pieces of clothing - most clothing
needs to be backed with interfacing to prevent stretching and
the cutting process is more time consuming.
Memory Quilt Information
Childhood memory quilts are
available in throw or twin size. The pattern is made up of squares of various
Matching pillow shams
are available with either a straight edge or a ruffle. The shams
are made with an envelope back so the pillow can slip in an out
You should send a variety
of clothing and colors, my only stipulation is that the clothing
should be clean. Most clothing can be used with the exception
of knitted items like sweaters and hats, or very thick fabrics
like terry cloth.
The amount of clothing
varies depending on the size of the clothing and the size of
the quilt. For a twin size quilt, you should send about 40 pieces
of clothing, and a throw size quilt takes about 25 or more pieces.
The more clothing, the better. If you don't have enough clothing,
I can fill in with fabric.
Your quilts are made
with the clothing you provide, however, I may incorporate additional
fabric as needed.
I use cotton batting
and cotton fabric for the backing, and machine quilt your quilt
for stability and durability.