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Crafting Warmth: Tips on Making Your Own Quilted Jacket


In the world of DIY fashion, there's something uniquely satisfying about creating your own quilted jacket, especially for quilters! Although most quilters are hesitant to sew garments, a quilted jacket is just a step beyond a quilt. Beyond the joy of crafting a garment tailored to your style, making a quilted jacket allows you to combine the art of quilting with the functionality of outerwear. We’ll walk through the process of making a quilted jacket, from selecting materials to adding the finishing touches.


Supplies


R36016 Blue 108" Wide: Aunt Grace Simply Charming

 

Kaffe Fassett Beaded Tent - Dark Vintage

Fabric

  • Choose a durable and warm outer fabric, such as cotton, linen, or a blend of natural fibers, but nothing too heavy like canvas or denim. Treat this as if you are selecting fabric for a quilt. Make it even simpler by selecting a fabric with a cheater print.

  • Select a lining fabric that complements your outer fabric.


Double Dream Wool Batting


Quilt Batting

  • Opt for batting that suits your desired level of warmth. Thinner batting or a layer of flannel is ideal for a lighter jacket, while thicker batting, such as wool provides more insulation.

Thread

  • Quality thread in a color that matches or complements your fabric selections.


Tools

  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

  • Fabric Scissors

  • Quilting ruler and cutting mat for accurate measurements

  • Straight pins and needles for securing layers

  • Sewing machine



Tamarack Jacket

Design and Pattern

  • Choose a quilted jacket pattern that aligns with your style preferences and skill level. Our favorite is the Tamarack Jacket!

  • Review the pattern instructions and gather any additional materials specified.


Tips

1. Prepare Your Materials

  • Wash and press your fabrics to eliminate any shrinkage. For those of you who don’t usually pre-wash your fabrics, it is definitely a must for sewing garments. You don’t want to invest time and materials into something that doesn’t fit in the end!

  • Lay out your fabric and batting, ensuring they are smooth and free of wrinkles.

2. Cut and Piece Your Fabrics

  • Use the pattern to cut out pieces for your jacket from the outer fabric, lining fabric, and batting. Alternatively, piece a quilt top that is large enough to cover your pattern pieces. You may choose to highlight a specific motif on the back, front, or sleeves of your jacket. 

  • Layer the outer fabric, batting, and lining, and pin them together.

3. Quilt Your Layers

  • Experiment with quilting designs on scrap fabric before quilting your jacket.

  • Use your sewing machine to quilt through all three layers, creating a pattern that adds both style and structure to your jacket.

4. Assemble the Jacket

  • Follow the pattern instructions to assemble the quilted pieces into a jacket.

  • Pay attention to details like pockets, cuffs, and collars. Ensure accurate seam allowances for a professional finish.

5. Finishing Touches

  • Add closure hardware such as buttons, zippers, or snaps as per your pattern.

  • Trim any excess threads, and press your finished jacket to set the seams and give it a polished look.

6. Wear and Enjoy

Congratulations! You've successfully crafted your own quilted jacket!

Making a quilted jacket is not as hard as it seems. It combines the creativity of quilting with the practicality of a warm garment. With the right materials, a well-chosen pattern, and a bit of patience, you can create a one-of-a-kind jacket that not only keeps you warm but also reflects your personal style. So, gather your materials and fire up your sewing machine— you’ll have your very own me-made jacket in no time!