Why the name “Ugly Quilt?”
a. The Sleeping Bag is a utility quilt made from clean used or no-cost fabrics.
b. This simple sleeping bag should not have a market value to assure the homeless are beneficiaries.
c. The name indicates the skill level needed for this tied quilt.
d. The Ugly Quilt can be made in less than a day.
e. A group can make one in an hour.
How To Make An Ugly Quilt
- Sew enough pieces together to form a seven-foot by seven foot (7′ x 7′) square.
- Sew two, 7′ by 7′ squares together to form the sleeping bag cover. 7′ by 14′ finished length.
- Stitch two sets of three foot straps to a 7′ edge, approximately 15 and 30 inches in. Straps are made of neckties, dress belts, etc.
- On three eight foot (8′) church tables, fill one half of the 14′ x 7′ piece with clean old blankets, mattress pads, fiberfill or light-weight rummage. Leave a three inch (3″) seam allowance on the three open edges.
- Cover with remaining 7′ length.
- Tie knots through all three layers with a double crochet cotton every eight inches (8″), to secure the covers to the fill layer.
- Lay the 3′ straps up onto the tied quilt.
- Fold the tied 7′ x 7′ in half, R to L forming a 7′ x 3 1/2′ sleeping bag shape. * Triple knot with crochet cotton the remaining side and bottom edges every three inches catching only the four cover layers. Raw edges will insulate the seams when turned * The top edge and folded side are finished.
- Turn right side out.
- Roll up and tie straps tightly to secure. Feel free to implement your ideas but keep it simple, quick and cost free.
- Ask a blessing for those who suffer from the cold.
- Add a hat, gloves, a scarf socks, underwear, soap, etc.
- Homeless women are warmer in men’s clothes.
- With a Magic Marker, sign and date Sleeping Bag with: My Brothers’ Keeper Quilt Group and your zip code.
- Add a message of “HOPE”, Non-judgmental e.g. – a page from an old hymnal, daily paper, guidepost.