How to Make a Cozy Reversible Quilted Jacket Out of Old Blankets

by ModernModiste
14 Materials
6 Hours

Do you have a quilted blanket lying around, catching dust? You can turn it into a very trendy DIY quilted jacket with a few easy modifications! Join me as I show you how to make a quilted jacket with welt pockets and a zipper.

Also, you can make this jacket reversible if you have two quilted blankets. You’ll be amazed by this transformation so be sure to see the end for results!

Tools and materials:

  • Quilted blankets (extra is optional)
  • Hoodie as a guide
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Zipper
  • Zipper foot
  • Lining
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Linen fabric
Quilted jackets inspiration examples

I've been seeing lots of super-cute quilted-style jackets recently. I love them and I wanted to make one myself.

Thrifted quilted blanket

I'm doing this the "short" way because instead of quilting the pieces together, I'm using thrifted quilted blankets!

How to make a quilted jacket sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

For the quilted jacket sewing pattern, trace the pattern of your favorite loose-fitting hoodie. Make sure to raise the neckline for the back piece. Cut on the fold to make sure the pieces are symmetrical.

Quilted jacket sewing pattern pieces

Cut out all your pieces, including the front, back, and sleeves. 

Making welt pockets for the quilted jacket

2. Make the welt pockets

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric and pin it onto your jacket at an angle. I'm using linen because I don't want to add too much bulk to the seams.

Mark the width and length that you want your welt to be. 

Marking a center line & triangles at the ends

Sew along the long outer lines. Then, mark a centerline down the middle and two triangles along both ends. 

Snipping into the lines to cut them open

Snip into the center line and cut it open. Also, cut along the two triangular diagonal lines on each end. 

Sewing the bottom of the triangles

Flip the fabric and sew along the bottom of the triangles, as shown. 

Turning the linen fabric inside

Turn the linen fabric into the hole so it’s sitting on the wrong side of the quilted fabric. 

Cutting the bulk between the layers

Cut the extra bulk between the layers.

Pressing the linen piece to the inside

Press the linen piece to the inside. 

Cutting the welt piece for the pocket

Cut a piece of quilt in a rectangular shape (measuring the same as the open pocket area).

How to sew a welt pocket on quilted fabric

Sew along the fold and then attach it to three sides of the pocket opening. 

Welt pocket on the DIY quilted jacket

This is what it should look like. 

Sewing the lining to the welt pocket

Cut a piece of lining and sew it to the bottom edge of the welt. 

Attaching the lining piece to the pocket

Fold the lining to the top edge of the linen piece and sew along the top and sides to close the pocket. 

How to make a quilted jacket with pockets

Repeat for the other side, too. 

How to sew a quilted jacket

3. Assemble the DIY quilted jacket

Sew the front sides to the back piece at the shoulder seam. Make sure they are right sides facing. 

Pinning the sleeves to the armholes

Open the jacket and pin the sleeves to the armhole, right sides facing. Make sure the seams align and then sew to secure. 

Pinning the DIY quilted jacket ready to sew

Fold the sleeves and pin the armholes, sleeves, and jacket’s sides. Sew to secure. 

How to make a DIY reversible quilted jacket

4. Make a reversible side

I decided to make this jacket reversible. So, I went to the dollar store and purchased another quilt.

I followed the same steps as above but made the pockets smaller. You can do the same if you wish or carry on to the next step if you don’t want a reversible side. 

Measuring the top of the neckline

5. Create the hood pieces

To create the hood pieces, measure the whole top neckline of your jacket. 

Making a pattern for the jacket hood

Divide that measurement by two and add a little extra for seam and hem allowance. 

Using a hood template to create the curve

Use an existing hood to trace out the curved edge. 

Hood pattern pieces for the jacket

Pressing the seams on the hoods

Sew both pieces along the curved edges and press the seam open. Remember, I’m making two, as mine is reversible. 

Pinning the two hoods together

Pin the hoods together, right sides facing, and sew them together. (Not applicable if the jacket isn’t reversible.)

Snipping the seams to reduce bulk

Cut triangles along the seam to reduce bulk and topstitch along the edge. 

Pinning the hood to the jacket

Line the center back of the hood with one side of the jacket. Pin along the neckline and sew to attach both pieces. 

How to attach a zipper to the quilted jacket

6. Attach the zipper

Now it’s time to attach the zipper. Here, you’ll be attaching one zipper to one side of the jacket.

For detailed instruction on how to do this, watch the video tutorial from 7:45 minutes. 

Pinning the two jackets to each other

7. Attach the other jacket (optional)

Now it’s time to attach the other DIY quilted jacket. First, pin both necklines with fabric right sides facing. The hoods should be sandwiched inside. 

Sew down the neckline. This can be challenging due to all the bulk. After sewing, you can cut triangles into the seam to reduce the bulk.

Pinning the side seams of the jackets

Pin the sides, sandwiching the zipper between the two jacket edges. Then, sew the sides closed using your zipper foot.

Pinning the edges of the sleeves together

Pin the edges of each sleeve opening together. Make sure to align the seams. Sew them together.

Sewing the DIY reversible quilted jacket

With the jacket turned inside out, pin the bottom closed. Sew two inches up from the bottom edge if your zipper is shorter than your jacket. 

Leave a 10-inch gap in the back center to pull the jacket’s right sides out.

Hand-sewing the opening closed

Pull the jacket right sides out, then hand-sew the opening closed. 

Topstitching along the zippers

To finish, topstitch along the zippers. 

DIY quilted jacket

How to make a quilted jacket

How to make a quilted jacket

Blanket-style jackets are super trendy right now, and this is how to make a quilted jacket without breaking the bank.

I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial on how to make a quilted jacket from old blankets. Whether you’d like it to be reversible or not, this is a fun upcycle, giving life to old items. 

Let me know what you think of the results in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Quilted blankets (extra is optional)
  • Hoodie as a guide
  • Paper
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  • Suzanne Suzanne on Jan 16, 2022

    Thank you for sharing this terrific idea. Very clear tutorial. Looking forward to making one….

  • Judith Judith on Jan 08, 2023

    That is awesome! The jacket turned out

    beautifully. I would love to try and make

    one one day myself. Thanks for sharing.