So you want to make a quilt coat? Not sure where to start? As quilters, we have a good grasp on the “quilt” portion of the quilt coat, but the “coat” portion? Hmmm. Luckily, coats are pretty forgiving clothing, so if anything, I suggest you jump in and try! In this blog post I’m going to detail patterns I considered when making my quilt coat and suggestions for fabrics.
What’s a muslin? And do I need one?
In sewing clothing, a muslin is a sample clothing item you make before you cut into the good stuff. It helps you to determine your size and fit. Do you need one? It can be helpful to make a muslin, using some cheap fabric (old sheets, fabric you don’t like, etc.) to ensure a good final fit. It will also help you to learn the process of making your coat without the stress of using “the good stuff”. So, I do recommend making a muslin before you begin. As stated above, use some cheap or ugly fabric, and sandwich it with some batting scraps (aka: frankenbatting) and backing. When making my quilt coat, I did make a muslin first. I’m glad I did because even though I sized down, the size I ended up making was still overly big. I was glad I didn’t make an entire quilt, cut up an entire quilt, and turn it into a coat and THEN find out the size wasn’t right.
Patterns to use:
Okay, so now we need to talk about what pattern to use for your quilt coat. Quilt coats are unique because you can eliminate the need for lining by binding all inner seams with bias tape. When deciding on my quilt coat pattern, I looked at the following coat patterns.
There’s some beautiful quilt coats out there made from the Sapporo Coat pattern by Papercut Patterns. I really love the shape and the pockets on this coat. However, I made a muslin, I sized down TWO sizes, and this was the result:
My muslin was made from non-stretch sweatshirt fleece and a flannel lining. It has become my go-to coat to sling on when I take Riley on his morning potty break because it is oversized and warm. But, I really don’t love the look or fit to wear it outside my home. I could size down one more size, but honestly I’m worried I still won’t be happy with this pattern’s fit on me. So, I looked for other coat pattern options. BUT! I’ve seen some really lovely versions that look awesome on other people. We’re all made differently!
The Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studios is made for quilted materials, so it is a good pattern to consider for a quilt coat. It is a pattern for a shorter, more fitted coat pattern. Homeday Studio has a great blog post on how to make the patchwork Tamarack Jacket featured above.
This beautiful pattern boasts simple lines which are perfect for a quilt coat! You can find it for purchase here. I especially love the patchwork and hand-quilted version by The German Edge featured above.
Oh my goodness if you’re looking for a vintage style and cut, Simplicity 8298 might be for you. It is just so so cute! And has a hood option! And multiple lengths! Plus, there’s a matching kids’ sized pattern too! (Side note: when I was putting together this blog post, I noticed this pattern go on clearance on Simplicity’s site. So if it is no longer available, check Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, and other resellers).
This is a FREE pattern by Fabric-Store.com. Diana Vandeyar turned it into a gorgeous quilt coat in shades of red! You can look at her progress on this quilt coat on her Instagram, or head to her blog for a virtual quilt coat mock-up!
New Look 6585:
Okay, so after reviewing all of my options, making a test coat out of the Sapporo pattern and hating the fit, I settled on this pattern. The New Look 6585 pattern is made for double-faced or reversible fabrics so it doesn’t have a separate lining. If that doesn’t sound right for a quilt coat, I don’t know what does! I’ve seen several people make a quilt coat with separate lining, but since I’m using an existing quilt, I wanted to find a pattern that would work without needing a separate lining.
Plus! This pattern has a hood! It comes in three lengths, and it has pockets, although to be honest I’m undecided if I’m going to add them. My quilt is rather puffy, and I worry that the pockets would be overkill on the puff factor. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but luckily, since they are exterior pockets, I can always add them at the end. I’m leaning towards view B, which is the medium length coat. I’m sure I’ll make modifications along the way (like bias binding instead of folding over the edges, etc.) and if I do, I’ll make sure to document all of it for you!
The Grainger coat by Muna and Broad is a great option for a quilt coat that comes in plus sizes! It has a short and a long length and was created for pre-quilted fabric so its a good choice for a quilt coat!
Toddler Quilt Coat:
I found this great FREE quilt coat pattern by Small Dream Factory for a 2 year old! I made one as a way to test my garment making skills before jumping into an adult-sized coat. You can read all about it here. I also love the look of this Pixie Pea Coat by Twig and Tale if you need a wide range of sizes.
Dog Quilt Coat:
Make sure your entire family is outfitted this winter! Read about my quilt coat for Riley.
Think about your favorite quilt blocks, how do you want to use them within your quilt coat? (Harvest Star would make a killer quilt coat!) Perhaps you want to add a feature panel on the back of your quilt coat. Or, you desire an overall design. Even a simple square patchwork can look stunning when turned into a coat. Improv quilts make great, unique quilt coats and are a great stashbuster too!
Another option to consider is cutting up an old quilt. When searching for these online, look for the words “cutter quilt” which denotes a quilt that has a lot of rips or stains. These make great quilt coats since you’re able to cut around the rips or stains and provide that quilt with a second life. These quilts also tend to be more economical to purchase.