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Quilt Crafts

Updated on October 7, 2014

Crafts Using Quilts

If you have some vintage quilts that are not useable as blankets but that have lots of charm left in them, consider making crafts using quilts.

Quilt crafts can be as simple as cutting out a useable portion of an old quilt and framing it. This type of craft makes a beautiful gift to remind family of the care taken to make the original quilt and to remember the quilt maker.

Some of the quilt crafts that are simple but beautiful include jewelry, stuffed animals, Christmas stockings and ornaments, and so much more.

Photo Credit: Etsy Seller Lisa S

Lovely Christmas stocking made from a vintage quilt.
Lovely Christmas stocking made from a vintage quilt.

Make Holiday Quilt Crafts

The holidays is a great time to make crafts with vintage quilts. The faded fabric and charm of the pieced material can be just the muted look your decor needs.

The Christmas stocking shown here was made by Etsy seller memorimakers from a vintage quilt. She added round pinwheels and old buttons for even more charm.

Make Christmas ornaments with small pieces of old quilts too. Cut them into fun shapes like hearts or trees and make a great little unique ornament.

Photo Credit: memorimakers

Vintage Quilts on eBay

To make quilt crafts, vintage quilts are perfect! Here are a few to get you started if you don't happen to have a stash of grannie's quilts in your hope chest.

Crazy Quilts are Beautiful and Crazy! - This freeform style of quilting suits my style!

Crazy quilts are patchwork quilts that have no set pattern. They are made from irregular shaped pieces of fabric and the seams are decorated with beautiful stitching.

Quilted Crafts by Etsy Sellers - See the links directly below to visit these quilt crafts. (Click on a photo to enlarge it.)

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Christmas stocking made from vintage quilt. Photo courtesy of memorimakers at Etsy.Puppy dog vintage quilted pillow. Photo courtesy of CanterLily at Etsy.Necklace with a small piece of a crazy quilt under glass and soldered closed. Photo courtesy of     ThatOldBlueHouse2 at Etsy.Note cards worth keeping! Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.One of a kind quilted gift tags. Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.Quilted banner with vintage lace and buttons. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.Farm house quilted pin cushion. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.Framed quilt picture. Photo courtesy of MyTrueLoveVintage on Etsy.
Christmas stocking made from vintage quilt. Photo courtesy of memorimakers at Etsy.
Christmas stocking made from vintage quilt. Photo courtesy of memorimakers at Etsy.
Puppy dog vintage quilted pillow. Photo courtesy of CanterLily at Etsy.
Puppy dog vintage quilted pillow. Photo courtesy of CanterLily at Etsy.
Necklace with a small piece of a crazy quilt under glass and soldered closed. Photo courtesy of     ThatOldBlueHouse2 at Etsy.
Necklace with a small piece of a crazy quilt under glass and soldered closed. Photo courtesy of ThatOldBlueHouse2 at Etsy.
Note cards worth keeping! Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.
Note cards worth keeping! Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.
One of a kind quilted gift tags. Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.
One of a kind quilted gift tags. Photo courtesy of bugsie at Etsy.
Quilted banner with vintage lace and buttons. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.
Quilted banner with vintage lace and buttons. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.
Farm house quilted pin cushion. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.
Farm house quilted pin cushion. Photo courtesy of TheEccentricLady on Etsy.
Framed quilt picture. Photo courtesy of MyTrueLoveVintage on Etsy.
Framed quilt picture. Photo courtesy of MyTrueLoveVintage on Etsy.

The Last Runaway - A Great Novel Featuring Quilts

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is a wonderful novel that features quilts throughout.

Quilts for Sale on eBay

New quilts work great for quilt crafts too! Make your own or buy a quilt (handmade or commercially made) for your quilt craft projects.

Sewing Related Clip Art for Crafts

These links provide sewing-related clip art for your crafts. One idea is to print a full page of thimbles to use as background when framing a special piece of quilt. This lovely showcase would do your quilt proud.


Ladies Making a Quilt

Ladies Making a Quilt
Ladies Making a Quilt

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I remember Mom making a crazy quilt for my bed when I was little, I thought it was beautiful but it was mostly made to keep me warm and I remember cuddling with it around me when I was sick. Quilting has always been a practical art form and now its more popular than ever, frame a piece and you have art, make a stocking, a lap robe, a whole quilt, clothing... and be generous with them for gifts that will be treasured. The fat quarters sure are a time saver.

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Quilts are beautiful! Love your article!

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      AshAffiches 5 years ago

      Love your lens! :)

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      TheArtLibrarian 5 years ago

      That heart piece in your introduction is lovely.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      My first quilt is practically vintage and I haven't even finished it yet. Charming lens.

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Fun ideas. I adore quilts and all things that even resemble them.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      Pretty ideas. I love the quilt Christmas stocking.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a Christmas stocking and some cat shaped pillows that were made from old quilts. I have mixed feelings about cutting up a quilt but if it is totally wrecked and only a few bits can be salvaged, then this is a way to let those pieces live on.