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Thread: Have any of you made a tube quilt?

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    Found this and thought it looked interesting.

    Cut 225 strips of scrap fabric into 18" x 4 1/2" pieces. Fold in half the long way (right sides together) and sew each piece into a tube using 1/4" seam allowances. Turn each 18" x 2" "tube" right side out. Fold to the inside 1/4" seam allowances on one end of each of the tubes and pin in place. Lightly fill each tube with polyester fiberfill stuffing. Fold to the inside a 1/4" seam allowance on the open end of the tube and pin closed. Using a wide satin stitch, sew 45 rows of 5 tubes per row, sewing the tubes end to end. Next, using the same wide satin stitch, sew two of the long rows together, then add the 3rd long row, then the 4th row, etc, until the end result will be 45 rows of 2" tubes wide and 5 rows of 18" tubes long, making a 90" x 90" queen size quilt.

    The stuffing of each tube individually eliminates the necessity of a backing for this quilt and also makes it reversible.

    This quilt makes an excellent gift - it is easy to make, but looks like you've spent weeks and weeks making it! This is the perfect quilt to make from those scraps you can't bear to throw away, as well as the old worn out clothing from the closets that were in the "throw away" pile. After you've taken off all the zippers, buttons and pockets from the "throw away" clothing, there will be plenty of fabric that can be used for strips for the quilt.

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    Interesting. My first thought was one could practice this method making 'dog beds'. If they really like it then they could go from there.

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    Have you made this? I need to make a bed for my dog and this sounds like a goood idea.

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    I just found this a little while ago. A dog bed would be a geat way to experiment and see if it's something you'd want to do in a bigger szie.

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    I am curious about this method too...what keeps the stuffing from bunching up?

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    I have no idea, I'd think it would. It would probably be ok for a cat or dog bed but I can't imagine anything much bigger.

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    Interesting. It's something to try.

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    I wonder if sewing across the tubes every 6 inches would help keep the stuffing from bunching up. Maybe staggering the seams in each row. Something to think about...

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