5 easy  principles to quilt sustainably
11 november 2021 
2 min. read

5 easy principles to quilt sustainably

Did you know you can live more sustainably by becoming a quilter?

When I started quilting 10 years ago, I developed a sustainable way of quilting. It was born out of the necessity of a small budget. I couldn't afford all the tools and fabrics my quilting friends were using. 

However, I did manage to make beautiful quilts with the basic tools I had, and by upcycling and re-using second-hand fabrics and old clothes. You see an example of that in the picture. 

Tie and shirt quilt and quilted penguin backpackTwo quilts made with upcycled fabrics, such as shirts and curtains leftovers

Throughout the years, I’ve landed on 5 basic principles of sustainable quilting. All my quilting upcycle techniques and lessons are based on these ‘rules’ which I’m sharing with you today. Apply them to your quilting, and you'll be more sustainable!

  1. Extending the life-time use of old clothes and fabrics by repurposing them in quilts. 
  2. Focus on the process and meaning of making a quilt.
  3. Let the fabrics available guide the design process 
  4. Creating beautiful every-day use objects with quilt techniques to bring joy to your days 
  5. Use even the smallest fabric scraps in projects, so no textiles are wasted.

And I promise you: these principles are not only sustainable, but also make for super original quilts and turn quilting into a mindfulness hobby!

Climate change is a real issue, and all of us need to work harder together to save our planet. The textile industry is a major contributor to climate change, so reducing the demand for new (quilting) textiles and extending the life-time of existing textiles is a good place you can contribute!

Born out of a personal necessity, quilting has shown itself vital for a sustainable future. I’ll talk about the other contributions of quilting in another blogpost.

Questions:Discuss quilting & sustainability

  • What do you think the role of quilting in a sustainable future can be? Share in the comments. 
  • Do you have other tips to quilt more sustainably? 
About the author
Quilting has made me a stronger, more developed, and joyful person, and I've seen the same in many other people. Creativity is key to finding joy in life. There are many ways of being creative, I am your teacher in the quilting fabrication department.


on 29 Nov 2021

Yes, I love this philosophy! Textile waste is a problem I'm concerned about, I hope more and more people find ways to re-use textiles that already exist instead of just manufacturing more and more.



on 29 Nov 2021

Thanks for your comment! I hope so too! I hope teaching people they can make beautiful and useful quilts with old clothes will already help a lot. You don't need to throw out textiles if you can make something cool with it..

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The 'Quilting Out of Your Home'  e-book teaches you how to create beautiful quilts with stuff you already own!

For example, turn the old shirts of your husband into a quilted laptop sleeve. Or turn the outgrown clothes of your children into a quilt for their bed.

If you enrol for the newsletter, you get the e-book as a gift. And I promise you I won't send spam, only the occasional tips and inspiration to recycle old fabrics into new items.

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