I've had a couple of readers leave comments wondering what to do with a mini quilt. At first I was shocked at the comment, my first thought is, why MAKE THEM, of course! LOL. I find so much joy in making little quilts that I don't even care what happens to them afterwards. Okay, maybe I do care a little bit. But I could be happy making mini quilts all day long and never worry about the purpose of them if I didn't have to do other things like cook, clean, and make sure homework gets done.
But I guess some people need to have a purpose for everything they sew, so I decided to sit down and make a list of some cute uses of mini quilts that I have either done myself or seen around the web.
#1 Use for a Mini Quilt: Put it on your wall!
A mini quilt wall (or lots of mini quilt walls, depending on how many walls are in your house) is my favorite use for mini quilts. The walls of my sewing studio are about 1/2 covered in minis and I won't feel the need to stop until they are completely full. :)
FYI: I use double sided sticky foam tape to attach my mini quilts to the walls. I find it is the least damaging way and they never fall down. I also love how Suzy Williams frames hers (watch this video to see).
#2 - Make it a Table Topper
A mini quilt on a table is a table topper or sometimes called a crumb catcher. Put a plate of cookies, a vase of flowers, or a bowl of fruit on it and you're good to go!
#4 - It's a Mug Rug!
Really small mini quilts have another name - mug rugs! I love this adorable one from Swoodson Says.
#5 - Add a Pillow Cover Backing
On Facebook, Kimberly R. told me she likes to add an envelope pillow backing to her minis so they can double as a pillow cover when she feels like it. That's a genius idea - something I need to try!
p.s. I took this photo at Quilt Market. The pattern for Frankie the Frenchie is here.
#6 Make a Tote Bag
Even if you don't plan out your tote bag before you start, you could easily hand or machine sew a mini quilt to a market bag like this. So cute!
#7 Sew a bunch together to make a Throw Quilt
Wait until you have 12 (or more) mini quilt tops sewn up and sew them together to make a throw quilt or baby quilt. Adding sashing and borders is a quick way to help it grow bigger quickly. But I must admit, I have never had the patience to save mine to do this. :)
Even if you need a justifiable reason to make a mini quilt, I still think that you'll have so much fun doing it, you won't stop at one! Come join us and make a year of mini quilts starting with January's Flora Mini Quilt or see all of the 2017 mini quilts here.