Leather Block in a Quilt?

I have an old brown 100 percent leather/suede shirt. It’s washable and has been washed many times. It is very soft. I want to know if I can use it in an applique baby quilt for the body of monkeys it’s the perfect color.

One Response to “Leather Block in a Quilt?”

  1. Judith says:

    Yes, you can use washable leather or suede in a quilt. The monkey body will need to be appliqued on to the quilt rather than joining the quilt block pieces by seaming.

    Did you wash the suede shirt with regular detergent? Did you put the suede shirt in the dryer? The answer to these questions will determine the care instructions you need to attach to the quilt. Maybe this is one of those times that a quilt care label needs to be a permanent part of the back of the quilt explaining that bleach shouldn’t be used and the quilt should be line dried.

    Sounds like a fun quilt! The baby will enjoy the various sensations of touch from fabric to leather. Very nice!

    We would love to see a photo of this quilt when you finish. Just send to Judith@fabrics.net and we will post it for you.

    Thank you!
    Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.