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Friday, February 2, 2018

Sew Happy Friday - A Tutorial for Memory Projects with Jenny Doan

Here is a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. where Jenny Doan teaches how to make some memory quilt items with your loved one's clothing. There is also instructions for a simple pillow to make with a shirt. I suggest putting a pillow form inside rather than stuffing it directly with the poly-fiber filling because then you can take the outside cover off and wash it (it is made from a shirt, after all).

Also, remember that a lot of ties are not washable, so you may wish to make a wall hanging rather than a table runner if the ones you are working with require dry cleaning. Table runners used on the dining room table are more likely to get dirty and need to be cleaned.

This would be a nice way to use up clothing that you no longer use that still has a lot of wear in it as well. If you have some things that you especially like that you can't or don't wear any more, you could make a memory quilt of your own (or any family member's) clothing.

Fabrics that cannot be ironed are not a good idea for this project.


  1. Yes, this is a good idea! I like her tutorials. I live in Missouri, and I'd like to go there someday.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. I hope you get a chance to go visit. It looks like it would be a lots of fun. :-)
      I enjoy her tutorials too, and thought these were some good ideas. I've seen ideas for memory quilts before. My sister-in-law makes them by order, but hers are a somewhat different style than the plain squares. She actually incorporates some of the cloths more in their original forms in many of her quilts, which is also nice.