Monday, October 7, 2013

Old Window Repurposed as a Frame

old window repurposed as a frame

How to use an old window as a frame for quilt pieces.  A fabric scrap buster project that puts color on the wall and uses an old reclaimed window as a frame.

old window repurposed to frame quilt pieces

I'm finishing up the family room makeover by adding a little color on the long far wall.
When we moved in four months ago there was red on the walls, trim, railings, outlets, vents, stair risers - basically everywhere.

family room before

I painted the walls Benjamin Moore seapearl with white semi-gloss trim.
And now we have some wall art:

family room after wall art

framed quilt using an old window

framed quilt detail

How to make an old window framed quilt:

1. Cut 3" cotton fabric squares:

3" fabric squares

2. Sew into strips:

strip piecing quilt squares

3. Sew strips into rows:

quilt blocks for old window

4. Make quilt sandwich with backing, batting and top:

quilt sandwich

5. Windowpane quilt, wash and dry:

quilting the quilt blocks

6. Press and trim then lay out pieces:

lay out quilt blocks

7. I stripped this old window to remove some paint:

sand and clean old window

Sand smooth and apply one coat clear poly.

8. Cut cardboard to fit windowpane.
Place fabric right side down into window and press cardboard down for a snug fit.
Apply hot glue in corners of window and cardboard for security.

cardboard backing to hold quilt pieces in place

Attach hanging hooks and wire.

quilts pieces framed in old window


  1. It's so beautiful, Jaime. What a perfect accent for your room!

  2. Your room looks completely different with its fresh white paint! Your quilt art is a fun way to add color and interest to the wall. I love it!

  3. This is so adorable. I love the distress look of the windowpane. And it is easy to make too. Oh! I will definitely going to try this DIY project. Thanks for sharing the steps.

  4. Jaime this is just wonderful! It's so fresh and modern one way and warm and comforting another, really beautiful!

  5. Jaime this is just wonderful! It's so fresh and modern one way and warm and comforting another, really beautiful!

  6. Sincerely beautiful! I LOVE the rustic feel. Such a great idea.

  7. Come visit us at
    We are having a party and it won’t be the same without your creativity!
    Craft Frenzy Friday!

  8. So vintage Americana;I love it.

  9. Oh I love framed quilt squares and framing them with a window is genius. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will go live Monday afternoon at 2:30PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  10. An old window transformed into a pretty wall decor! Thanks to your post, I can make use of the old windows stocked in our garage. We've replaced our windows last month, and I think I'm ready to make this old window framed quilt by next week. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

    Katie Nicoll @

  11. It’s an eye-catcher, Jaime! This is something that will surely repurpose any old and damaged window sills. It saves you bucks as well since there won't be a need to buy new stuff from a decor store.