Creative quilters 💕 That time our editor repurposed a quilt on Instagram . . .

A fun thing happened a few weeks ago on our Instagram page—so fun, we wanted you to see it too!

We shared a little project that our acquisitions and development editor Amelia Johanson made to cover and cushion her sewing-room chair. It’s the Sister’s Choice Table Topper by Beth Bradley from the new book Lunch-Hour Patchwork.

Here’s the original project from the book:

Sister's Choice Table Topper
Sister’s Choice Table Topper by Beth Bradley—cute!

And here are the before-and-after pics of Amelia’s chair:



Amelia heard that one of our Instagram followers had asked for a little binding tutorial so she could make the chair cover she saw on our feed. What did Amelia do? She sprang into action! Within about 20 minutes, Amelia had drawn diagrams to illustrate the binding process and whipped up a little how-to in words as well. Here’s what she said:

“It was really simple to turn what was designed as a table topper into a chair pad. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Once you’ve finished your patchwork, layer and quilt it (fig. 1). Trim the backing and batting even with the patchwork top to create your unbound chair pad. (This topper measures 16½" x 16½".)

  2. Sew a strip of binding to each back ‘corner’ and finish by folding the binding to the underside of the chair pad and stitching down by hand (fig. 2).

  1. Cut a binding strip about 42″ long. Center and sew to the back of the chair pad. You should have approximately 15″ of excess binding extending from each side. DO NOT cut off the excess binding at the sides. Fold under the raw edges, making the strip the same width as the finished binding, and hand or machine stitch closed.
  2. Cut another binding strip approximately 70″ long and sew around the sides and front of the chair pad, making sure to leave at least 15″ of excess for ties at each back side and mitering the binding at the front corners. Fold and stitch the excess binding to create ties as you did for the back binding (fig. 3). Place on your chair and tie the loose binding in bows to secure to the chair.”

Perfect size, perfect polish! Now we’re starting to imagine the possibilities:

This pretty springtime pattern would be perfect for a chair cover:

Daisy Delight Candle Mat
Daisy Delight Candle Mat from
Sew This and That!

You’d only need four blocks to make a chair cover based on this beauty:

Identify Yourself to the Person Who Answers the Phone quilt
Identify Yourself to the Person Who Answers the Phone from
Back to Charm School

How about little Log Cabin chair covers?

Cabin Corners quilt
Cabin Corners from
Jo’s Little Favorites

Oooh, how about this one in a square shape?

Rhubarb Crisp quilt
Rhubarb Crisp by Jo Morton, from
The Big Book of Table Toppers

Or . . . how about a cover made from one of the little quilts in Kim Diehl’s new book Simple Whatnots? Now this would really dress up a chair—hole or no hole!

Scarlet Stars quilt
Scarlet Stars from
Simple Whatnots

Ah, the possibilities! Thanks for the idea, Amelia—and the how-to and the illustrations too!

Have you used your quilts in unique ways? Tell us about it in the comments!

20 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I haven’t yet, but now I’m inspired! I have some barstools I need to recover and this would be a great idea for them! Love it! Thanks for posting the tutorial on the binding!

    You bet, Heather – so glad you found it useful! –Jenny

    —Heather V on April 9, 2018
  • I use all of my quilts, as mittens, wall hangings table toppers, micro bowls towels, my bags….I love them all. A lot of my teachers are amazed at how I use all the things I make.

    —angie little on April 9, 2018
  • Now I need that book, too. Great ideas, Amelia. Thank you!

    —Vicki on April 9, 2018
  • I love the chair! Now I know what to do with some unfinished projects.

    —Barb W on April 9, 2018
  • I have been a member of Kim Diehl Whatnots since it’s beginning. Although I use most of the projects as table toppers, I have one that sites on the top and back of an arm chair and another I made into a pillow.

    —Donna on April 9, 2018
  • I have several quilt that I use as table cloths! I get to see them all day long and they are used. Some quilting friends thnk I am crazy to put it on my table, but I make them with that in mind. They will be used, washed often, and loved!

    —Patty on April 9, 2018
  • Grazie per il tutorial, lo realizzerò per le sedie e centro tavola o runner, se lo gradite vi farò avere la mia realizzazione, non sono molto veloce!!


    Translation: Thanks for the tutorial, I will make it for chairs and a table center or runner, but I will let you know I’m not very fast !!

    —Nella on April 9, 2018
  • I use seasonal table runners on my raised brick hearth to add some color to the room. Of course, I move it if we are enjoying a fire.

    —Lisa Zook on April 9, 2018
  • I made a camera strap of 1.5″ blocks to see if I had the patience for a whole quilt. I love it.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on April 9, 2018
  • Thanks to Heather (above) for the Bar stool idea. I made a few maple leaf squares last year for Canada’s 150 Birthday I now know what to do with them.
    I make a lot of small quilts into scrapbook covers as gifts for newly weds and babies.

    —ELIZAJANE on April 9, 2018
  • I have used my quilts in the most usual ways. The only thing unique I have done is making a shower curtain. It really dressed up my bathroom, but it drove my mother crazy. I have a cabinet to hold my groceries and I am working on putting a quilt over the shelves to hide the mess. I will make a hanging sleeve and hanging it from a curtain rod. Hopefully it will look ok.

    —Kay Menefee on April 10, 2018
  • My guild had a teacher who needed place mats, so she cut up one of her quilts for them. I’m not that brave.

    —stephanie woodward on April 13, 2018
  • Very creative!

    —Karen on April 13, 2018
  • I use orphan blocks for nick-u quilts for the preemies.

    shirley marvin on April 13, 2018
  • Wow! Great idea! Thanks for the tutorials! Great job!

    —usairdoll on April 13, 2018
  • curtains! Valences.

    —Linda Christianson on April 13, 2018
  • I always find inspiration here! Many thanks!

    —bookboxer on April 13, 2018
  • No I have not. Need to get inspired by looking at all the wonderful books I have in my sewing room.

    —Nancy on April 13, 2018
  • I made a plate and cutlery carrier out of an orphan block. Remove the plate and utensils, flip the carrier over, and it serves as a placemat.

    —Debbie on April 13, 2018
  • I have made chair pads and table runners. And I border and quilt panels that I hang inside glass-panel closet doors to hide the mess inside. Also pillows and boxes from quilt blocks.

    —Linda Towers on April 13, 2018

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