Ikea Idea - Fabric Recycling

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 3:15 PM

I've been cleaning up my closets and found a heap of clothing I no longer wear - some I even forgot I had! So it's all going to the charity shop tomorrow. Now I know there are hundreds of uses for reusing textiles but just thinking about how much work it would be tires me no end. But I do remember spotting a pretty patchwork quilt on Ikea's Livet Hemma site some time ago and decided that it might give some of you ideas for upcycling your fabric odds and end. 

Ikea Patchwork Quilt from Fabric Scraps

If I had this Ikea patchwork quilt, it would certainly brighten up my studio and it seems fairly straightforward to make. All I need is to buy a sewing machine!

Pretty cute, eh?  It looks like a great way to recycle fabrics you can cut from old shirts, blouses, skirts or dresses. Ikea does provide how-to instructions but they're in Swedish! I didn't find an English version but I did manage to translate the material required.

For the quilt which consists of 8 columns and 15 rows:

120 -  15 x 15 squares (A) (allow 2 cm for seam allowance)

For the trim binding:

Two pieces fabric, (B) sized 225 x 8 cm (allow 2 cm for seam allowance)

Two pieces fabric, (C) sized 126 x 8 cm (allow 1 cm for seam allowance)

No mention is made of a backing or the actual size of the quilt  so I looked around to find better instructions. If you are a novice at quilting, you will find the pictures and reasonably easy-to-follow instructions here and here.

You can find the Swedish instructions here.

Chic Patchwork Pillow

If you find the idea of sewing a quilt a bit daunting or you don't have a lot of fabric for one, why not try making a patchwork pillow cover for practice? I found this lovely one for sale at Anthropologie. It's from Ace and Jig, but you could easily make a similar one.

Hmm ... all this talk about fabric recycling has got me fired up. Note to self: Buy a sewing machine!

Categories: DIY, Fabric & Textiles

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