My colleague and his wife had an impressive collection of Slugs & Snails tights that their sons had outgrown and they wanted to turn them into a memory quilt. I had no quilting experience but I offered to do it since I loved the tights' bright colours and designs, and I love sewing for other people - it gives me the opportunity to make something I wouldn't usually choose to make for myself.
I took the tights home two years ago but didn’t cut into the first pair until October this year. I spent a long time planning, reading tutorials, ordering fabric samples and procrastinating out of the fear of messing it up. Once I’d finally found the courage to snip into the first pair, I worked on the quilt every evening and weekend for six weeks to get it finished in time for Christmas.
Since this was my first quilt and I wanted to show off the tights, I kept the design simple and used a hundred equally sized squares, attached them to a solid red cotton fabric by stitching in the ditch and finished it off with a matching binding. Below are the full step-by-step instructions if you’re interested in learning to make your own memory quilt.
- Gather your supplies. You will need:
- Old t-shirts or baby clothes
- Interfacing - I used an iron-on fusible woven interfacing for knit fabrics but use whatever works best with your fabric
- Backing fabric - I used this plain red quilting cotton to make the tights the main focus but a patterned fabric will hide any wobbly topstitching
- Batting (also known as wadding) - I used Quilter's Dream Natural Select in cot size
- Square quilting ruler - I used this 4.5″ x 4.5″ ruler by Sew Easy
- Quilting ruler - I used this 2.5″ x 18″ ruler by Arteza
- Matching or invisible thread - I used Gütermann Sulky clear thread
- Clover Wonder Clips (these are optional but great for holding together many layers of thick fabric)
- Cut the pieces out