9 Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas

Has your child grown out of their baby clothes? Has a loved one passed away? Before discarding their clothing items, consider making a cherished keepsake, like one of these awesome memory quilt ideas.

Memory quilts are a wonderful way to preserve special moments, like birthdays, graduations, weddings and deaths. Each one is unique, and treasured by families.

They can be made from almost any type of clothing item or accessory, and in any size. In this article you’ll find 9 articles to inspire you, plus a bonus idea for all of the scraps you’ll have after making your quilt.

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt from Darcy Quilts

T-shirt quilts are one of the more popular types of memory quilts, and they are a great way to get you thinking about all of those fun times. This article takes you through the whole t-shirt quilt-making process.

T-Shirt Quilt
Who doesn’t love a t-shirt quilt?

Men’s Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial from Create with Claudia

Don’t throw out those old men’s handkerchiefs that your loved one had. Turn them into a charming wall quilt. It’s a wonderful way to remember someone, and it’s a great looking plaid quilt.

Men's Handkerchief Quilt - Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas
Remember someone special with a quilt made from their handkerchiefs.

Silk Tie Quilt from Hopeful Homemaker

The patterns in men’s neckties are gorgeous, and if your loved one had a large collection of them, turn them into a beautiful quilt. Making these unique beauties does have its challenges, but the results are stunning.

There are all kinds of quilts you can make with men’s ties.

How to Make a Photo Quilt from Polkadot Chair

Photos are a unique addition to memory quilts. It’s a special way to remember the precious moments in people’s lives. The process to make them is interesting too.

Photo Quilt
Keep special memories alive with a photo quilt.

Baby Clothes Memory Quilt from Golden Lucy Crafts

Who doesn’t love all of their children’s baby clothes? Instead of packing them away in a box, why not turn the special ones into a fun quilt like this one from Golden Lucy Crafts.

What’s really nice about this version is that it incorporates other items as well.

Baby Clothes Quilt
Preserve those special baby items by turning them into a quilt.

How to Make a Vintage Hankie Quilt from Polkadot Chair

Go into any antique shop and chances are good that you are going to find some vintage hankies. Maybe you were lucky enough to get your grandmother’s collection and you aren’t sure what to do with them.

This tutorial will show you how to turn those beautiful pieces of fabric into a useable quilt.

Vintage Hankie Memory Quilt
Vintage hankies make lovely quilts.

How to Make Memory Quilts from The Sassy Quilter

Here’s another fun way to show off all of those baby clothes you just can’t bear to part with. I have a whole box of them in my storage room just waiting for a project like this one.

Onesie Quilt
We all have favorite baby outfits from our kids. Turn them into a quilt.

How to Make a Graduation Memory Quilt from Hidden Treasure Crafts and Quilts

It’s not always easy trying to figure out what to give a graduate as a gift. If you are able to get all of those t-shirts he or she collected over the years, and you are permitted to cut them up, try a quilt like this one. There are photos and other fun commemoratives included too.

What a fun way to look back at their school years!

Graduation Memory Quilt
Remember all of those special school day moments with a graduation quilt.

Repurpose Pre-loved Shirts into a Shirt Quilt from Threading My Way

Here’s a striking pattern to show off men’s (or women’s) shirts in a quilt. It’s also an easy pattern, so it’s good for quilters of almost any skill level.

Quilt made from shirts
Shirts from a loved one make a beautiful and comforting quilt.

DIY Memorial Ornaments to Remember Loved Ones at Christmas from Average but Inspired

Here’s a lovely way to use up some of the scraps of fabric you may have left after making a memory quilt. I love this idea and will definitely be doing this with some of my father’s shirts this Christmas.

A memory ornament is special on any tree.

All of these awesome memory quilt ideas are unique. What a wonderful way to remember a special event or loved one.

Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas


  1. Darcy

    July 30, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    This is a great round up, and thank you so much for including my tutorial!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      July 31, 2019 at 5:35 AM

      Thanks! I love your t-shirt tutorial.

  2. Gina

    August 18, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Claudia, I have just discovered your website via Pinterest and am enjoying reading it all! I recycle a lot of things in my quilts. I’ve made a handkie quilt, a doiley quilt, jeans quilts, mens shirts quilts, and several different necktie quilts. But there are always more ideas out there to inspire me!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      August 19, 2019 at 6:46 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. I try to recycle items where I can, even when it’s little things. I’m making a quilt right now and there is a recycled fabric in it.

  3. Laura

    March 9, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Me ha encantado tu selección, me inspiró, y decidió a lanzarme a un nuevo proyecto incorporando restos de prendas que son recuerdos preciados. Gracias.💝🙌🙌

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      March 9, 2020 at 6:12 PM

      Thank you.

  4. Emily G Hite

    September 15, 2023 at 10:48 AM

    Hi Claudia,
    I am making a memory quilt, I have 8 blank squares, my friend wants to put photos on these blank squares. I am looking for a way to put these photos on each square, which she can change if she wants to, but I cannot find anything on how to do it except using vinyl on each square. I have the vinyl, and have practiced with a practice square, but was wondering if you know of any other way to attach photos to a memory quilt. Thanks

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:26 PM

      I know some people print directly on to fabric but I’m not sure how to do that. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Robin

      October 7, 2023 at 9:11 AM

      I am trying to do the same and a quilting friend told me to use June Tailor fabric sheets in an inkjet printer. I bought them on Amazon and am now looking to see who has a printer I can use.

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