Adult Memory Quilts, Memorial Quilts and Keepsake Cushions

Memorial Quilts | Adult Clothing Memory Quilts | Keepsake Cushions | Brochure & FAQ

Please use the links above to find out more about different keepsakes

Clothing keepsakes from loved ones clothes

Transform clothes that hold your special memories into a beautiful keepsake Memorial Quilt, Memory Quilt, T-Shirt Quilt or Keepsake Cushion.

Our small team take great pride in creating your keepsakes. Handing over your precious clothes, full of memories, to a quilter is a pretty big step of trust. We know there are no second chances with your treasured clothes, and we take the trust you place in us very seriously.  If you have any questions or queries, then please do contact us. We can answer any questions you might have, and if you’d like to go ahead work with you to make sure your quilt and/or cushion is exactly as you wish.

Create keepsakes as a memorial to a lost loved one, or to keep a record of a special time in your life (If you’d like to commission a Memorial Quilt using a child’s clothing then these can be made in the same way as our Memory Quilts from Children’s and Baby Clothes.)

Click below for more information on the different types of keepsake available, or request our Adult Clothing Keepsakes Brochure for full details of everything we offer, including prices.

Memorial Quilts | Adult Clothing Memory Quilts | Keepsake Cushions | Brochure & FAQ

How To Order

1. Request a copy of our Adult Clothing Keepsakes Brochure (form on the right). If you have any questions then please contact us – we’re very happy to help.
2. Contact us to place your order
3. We’ll get back to you to confirm your estimated delivery date and the total value of your order, and request a 50% deposit (we accept bank transfers, cheques and PayPal (you don’t need an account, and can pay by credit/debit card).
4. You send your clothes and we make your keepsakes – we will normally need your clothes at least 3 months before your commission slot.
5. We will keep in touch, and request your remaining (50%) balance when you order is nearing completion.
6. We return your keepsakes to you.

We also offer Gift Certificates and Gift Packages if you would like to give a contribution to a quilt or cushion commission.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a range of designs that we know work particularly well made from clothing. Full details of all our designs are provided in our Adult Clothing Keepsakes Brochure (please do grab a copy at the top of the page if you don’t have one already). We can make alterations to these designs (adjusting sizes, layouts, adding/removing borders etc.) or create an entirely bespoke design for you if you have something else in mind.

If your Memorial Quilt or Keepsake Cushion will be made from baby or children’s clothes, please visit this section of our website for more information, and pricing and clothing requirements. Some of our Adult Clothing Keepsake designs may also be suitable for children’s clothes depending on the clothes you have available.

Memory Quilts

The measurements for standard sizes for Memory Quilts are shown below. The sizes do vary slightly between different designs, and this is explained in our brochure.

SizeRecommended Items of ClothingSuitable For
Lap / Cot – c. 100cm square 8-12 items of clothing A small lap quilt, baby cot quilt/playmat and also suitable as a wall hanging
Large Lap / Cot Bed – c. 100cm x 140cm 10-20 items of clothingA larger lap quilt, cot bed quilt or single bed topper
Single – c 140cm x 200cm20-30 items of clothingSuitable for covering a single bed with a short drop on each side, or width wise on a double or king (slightly wider than a standard single duvet cover)
Bedspread – c 160cm x 200cm20-35 items of clothingSuitable for covering a single bed with a longer drop on each side, or as a bedspread across a double/king covering the area under the pillows with a small drop over each side of the bed.
Large Square – c 140cm by 140cm 15-25 items of clothingMOST POPULAR ADULT CLOTHING OPTION An extremely versatile size suitable for use on different sized beds or as a generous lap quilt

Keepsake Cushions

We offer cushions in three designs, and three sizes. Full details are provided in the Adult Clothing Keepsakes Brochure.

Prices for Memory Quilts And Memorial Quilts start at £180 and vary depending on your choice of size and design. Please see the brochure for more information.

Keepsake Cushions are priced from £40.

Postage to mainland UK is by Royal Mail Special Delivery, and included for orders over £150. If you live outside the UK and would like to order please contact us before ordering to see if we can help you.

Just your laundered clothing! The price covers all materials other than your clothes.

The suggested clothing amounts are the optimum amounts using average adult sized clothing items – if you have significantly more or less clothing that you’d like incorporated please let us know before ordering. You can also include other fabrics if you’d like to.

We Can Use: Most baby and children’s clothes, t-shirts, shirts, blouses, dresses, lightweight sweaters, baby grows, rugby shirts, ties, socks, suit trousers, lightweight denim, tea towels, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, bedlinen and other similar items.

We Can’t Use: Thicker fabrics such as heavy or open weave knits, toweling, heavy denim, coats or suit jackets, hats or gloves. PVC, leather, rubber, lycra/very stretchy items and treated fabrics like rain coats or macs, any item made from fabric that can’t be ironed.


A freehand embroidered greeting, message or passage can be added to your quilt or cushion. This can be inserted as a patchwork piece, or as a label (from £5 for one word, from £10 for a message).

You can add photos to your quilt or cushion (printed on special fabric so it feels just like the rest of the patchwork) – £5 per image.

Please just ask if you have any other requests and we’ll do our best to help.

For Memory Quilts – Clothing quilts are normally machine washable on cool, delicate cycle. The only exception to this would be where the clothes were not machine washable or where there is a lot of applique work. Air dry flat and fluff in the dryer on a cool setting. Full care instructions are provided with your finished quilt. The first time you wash your memory quilt the backing and binding will shrink very slightly. This is normal and helps the quilting stitches to settle into the fabric, and gives a traditional look.

For Cushions – Sponge cleaning is recommended. The cushion cover can be hand-washed if necessary, reshape while damp and air dry flat.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) recommend that you do not use a duvet, quilt or pillow for children under one year. For more information please see

Please also note that these items are not toys and may contain small items such as buttons and other embellishments that may present a choking hazard (we can leave these out if you wish).

Patchwork quilts are not designed for use as loose covers on upholstered furniture. Keep away from fires and naked flames.

We are now taking orders for delivery at the end of August 2017 (may be extended for the larger quilts or large orders.)

We work hard to keep our waiting times as short as possible. We have consistently high demand and balance with keeping the team small so that every item gets the personal attention it deserves. We don’t want to rush the creation of your beautiful keepsakes! You can also book for a delivery date later in the year if you’d just like to get it secured, or ask us to pencil you in and let you know when we start taking bookings for the slot you’d like.

Please do ask if you need your item for an earlier date, as we can sometimes accommodate rush orders.

If you are planning to order for Christmas then it is advisable to book your slot as early as possible as we are normally booked up by the end of July.

The majority of our customers are from other parts of the country and mail the clothes to us.

We’re based in Scarborough, so if you live nearby (or fancy a trip to the seaside!) then you can drop the clothes off with us (or arrange a consultation before ordering).

It’s easy!  Just fill out the form here.

We will contact you to confirm your order, make all the practical arrangements and request a 50% deposit which secures your place in our order book. The final balance is due shortly before your order is returned to you.

If you’d prefer to order in person then please do give us a call.

Please note that delivery is normally within the UK only. If you live outside the UK and would like to order from us please contact us before ordering to see if we can help you.

Absolutely. Please do drop us a line with any queries. It’s a great privilege to create these keepsakes. We want you to love your memory quilt or keepsake cushion and are happy to help.

Yes! Please see here.

Handing over your precious clothes, full of memories, to a quilter is a pretty big step of trust.

Here at Patchwork Castle, all your keepsake are created either by me (owner, Christabel Tingay) or one of our small and carefully selected team (Millie, Carol, Fiona, and Lucy). We all take great pride in creating your keepsakes. We know there are no second chances with your treasured clothes, and we take the trust you place in us very seriously.

Our aim is to produce the best quality memory quilts available and invest considerable time, quality materials, skills and love into producing them. We endeavour to offer a high quality product that exceeds your expectations. We won’t skimp on the details that will make your quilt or cushion extra special.

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