Keepsake Quilting: T-Shirt Quilts, Photo Quilts, and More


In a sense, every quilt we make is a keepsake quilt. They're each selected with care, time and energy poured into very stitch. But the art of "keepsake quilting" itself involves certain additional processes and steps that "regular" quilting doesn't. Any quilt can be a memory quilt, but memory quilts are certainly not just any quilt! The idea of a keepsake quilt pattern is to take something already beloved, but perhaps nearing the end of its days, and transform it into something new.


This could be anything from old baby clothes to the "ironic t-shirts" your kid couldn't get enough of in high school and college to a photo quilt with wedding pictures. The quilt turns a memory into something you can hold. So whether you're reusing fabric from an item of clothing or set of sheets that has personal significance, whether your photos are black-and-white or taken with a digital camera, we've put together a list of our very favorite photo quilt patterns, memory quilts from clothing, and t-shirt quilt patterns that are guaranteed to become instant treasures. 

Keepsake Quilting: T-Shirt Quilts, Photo Quilts, and More

Table of Contents

Photo Quilt Patterns

Memory Quilts from Clothing

T-Shirt Quilt Patterns

Keepsake Quilting with Kids

 Photo Quilt Patterns

A picture speaks a thousand words! These beautiful quilts will preserve some of the happiest moments you've ever caught on camera.

Photo to Fabric Transfer Tutorial

  1. How to Make a Photo Block Quilt
  2. Printing on Fabric
  3. How to Make a Photo Quilt
  4. Photo to Fabric Transfer Tutorial

 Memory Quilts from Clothing

It's thrifty, it helps you clean out the closet, and it keeps you from having to part ways with some of your favorite items that don't fit anymore. What's not to love?

How to Make a Baby Clothes QuiltMommy's Little Sweetie Baby Clothes Quilt

  1. How to Make a Baby Clothes Quilt
  2. Mommy's Little Sweetie Baby Clothes Quilt

 T-Shirt Quilt Patterns

It's a memory collage! Keep the college days alive with one of these quilts.

DIY T-Shirt Quilts for HoardersEasy DIY T-Shirt Quilt

  1. DIY T-Shirt Quilts for Hoarders
  2. Scrappy T-shirt Quilt
  3. Ragged T-Shirt Quilt Instructions
  4. T-Shirt Memory Quilt
  5. How to Make a Simple T-shirt Quilt
  6. Easy DIY T-Shirt Quilt

 Keepsake Quilting with Kids

There's no cooler way to preserve your young one's art and doodles than through quilting. Don't believe us? Try one of these adorable, artsy quilts!

Favorite Drawing PillowSweet Home Chicago Memory Game

  1. Crayon Drawing Quilt Blocks
  2. Handwritten Quilt Labels
  3. Favorite Drawing Pillow
  4. Sweet Home Chicago Memory Game
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