Discover the vintage charm of women’s quilt jackets, uniquely handmade from thrifted quilts for a one-of-a-kind trending fashion statement.

“A love of quilts began when I would go with my grandmother to the community house to quilt. The ladies would lower the quilt frame from the ceiling and scoot their chairs up to the quilt to sew and visit. Through my grandmother, I learned the importance of preserving quilts and the stories they tell, which I strive to do in my own work creating quilt jackets.”

Jennifer Coleman Jeff’sJen Designs

Thrifting with the Gals

It’s the third Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for Thrifting with the Gals. The time when the gals and I all get together to share our favorite monthly thrifted finds with you, along with a few tips and tricks in vintage home decorating.

We are excited to welcome our guest host, Wendy of WM Design House, back with us this month. Today, Wendy is sharing all about Thrifted Garden Treasures, which I know you are going to love!

Thrifting with the Gals’ Blog Posts


Woman in Vintage Quilt Jacket with Bernese Mountain Dog, Vintage VW Fastback and Red Skis

What are Quilt Jackets?

Quilt Jackets are women’s latest trend in vintage fashion, blending timeless charm with contemporary style.

These unique garments are handmade from thrifted, vintage, and antique quilts, giving each piece a distinctive character and history.

The intricate patterns and textures of the original quilts are preserved, showcasing the craftsmanship and artistry of the past. As a result, quilt coats are not only fashion statements but also wearable pieces of history, each telling its own story through the fabric and design.

Whether paired with jeans for a casual look or layered over a dress for added warmth and flair, patchwork jackets embody the essence of vintage fashion with a modern-day twist.

Quilt Jackets by Jeff’sJen Designs

I was overjoyed when Jennifer of Jeff’sJen Designs offered to make me one of her trademark Cocoon Quilt Jackets.

Heirloom Quilts

I have often thought of having a quilted jacket made from one of my mother’s old quilts.

It would be something I could wear throughout the seasons, a wearable item originally handmade by my mother and reinvented into a keepsake fashion piece.

More Heirloom Quilt Ideas

Visit many of these posts, which include more of my mother’s handmade quilt collection, which I treasure and display throughout our bedrooms.

After consulting with Jennifer, I was quickly advised that she would never recommend dismantling an heirloom quilt to create one of her coats. Legacy quilts are much too special no matter what condition they are in. I tend to agree and believe that is why I had never moved on ordering a quilt jacket.

Not to mention the perceived expense of a handmade quilt jacket…

Until now…

One-of-a-kind Vintage Quilt Jackets

Jennifer’s quilt jackets are all handmade from vintage quilts she finds at estate sales, yard sales, or thrift stores, so each design is unique.

Jennifer creates three to four new pieces each month. Her website offers a few that are already in inventory, which you can shop for or preview to see what you fancy.

Next, Jennifer will send you photos of the quilts she has on hand so you can pick out your perfect quilt. And it’s quite the collection. Here are several samplings of what I had to choose from, and there was more:

Starlight Quilt

I chose this blue Starlight quilt pattern tied with orange yarn. Unlike quilted quilts, these tied quilts were made when there wasn’t a community to help in the process (as Jennifer mentions in this post’s introductory quote), so the individual would join the front to the back to secure the batting.

Vintage Blue and White Quilt.

Sizing and Design

Once you choose your thrifted vintage quilt, Jennifer will assist you with the style and sizing. For instance, I am a hard fit at just 5’1″ tall, so I needed petite sizing.

She suggested her Cocoon quilt jacket, one of her most popular styles in the shorter length. I agreed.

How Long does it take to get a handmade quilt jacket?

I received my vintage quilt jacket in about two weeks, and I love it so much that I can’t stop wearing it.

“I taught myself to sew on YouTube about 3 years ago because I fell in love with a quilt coat but it was $1800!! I thought “I can make that!” So I did.
I work full time in pharmaceutical sales and I needed a creative outlet- I fell in love with creating these designs.
My grandmother quilted, cooked like a trained chef, sewed my prom dress, had a huge garden… she was amazing!! But I thought ALL grandmas were like her so I didn’t really appreciate how talented and great she was until I became a mom and by that time, she was gone.
I want to honor her and all the others that made those beautiful works of art by recreating pieces that live and are loved just little bit longer.”

Jennifer Coleman Jeff’sJen Designs

Cocoon Quilt Jackets

Jeff’sJen Designs Packaging is a Presentation

Jennifer will give your quilt jacket a name. My coat is called Ann…

Cocoon Quilt Jacket, Ann.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff’sJen Designs
Pretty in Pink Packaging
Pink Gift Wrap box with Quilt Jacket inside.

Pretty in Pink

Your quilt jacket will arrive in a beautiful pink box wrapped with a whimsical bow. The outside packaging was even handpainted with pink flowers.

You may also enjoy these Women’s Day Gift Ideas | 75+ Blue and White Vintage Ideas.

I love this quilt jacket so much that I came out from behind the camera, where I am very comfortable. Ella and I had fun taking these photos with lots of treats, of course; you can even see the camera clicker in my hand

A fashion blogger, I am not!

I am almost 5.1′, 59 years old, and need my hair done tomorrow, LOL. But this quilt jacket—yes, please!

Quilt Jackets Make Thoughtful Gifts

Quilt jackets would make thoughtful gifts, too. Imagine opening up a gift like this for your graduation, birthday, shower, or anniversary. What a wonderful, unique surprise it would be and something one will treasure for a lifetime.

Jennifer’s handmade, vintage quilt jackets are affordable, too, a token to years of love and coziness.

I wear mine thrifting, on evenings at the beach, camping, and curling up on the couch when I sit down to write to you all.

Looking for more stylish trends? Check out this Cottage Farmhouse Decor Trending Finds post.

Sustainable Fashion

Using old quilts to create jackets is an excellent example of upcycling, where discarded materials are transformed into new, high-value products.

This practice reduces waste and promotes sustainable fashion, appealing to environmentally conscious consumers.

Vintage Quilt in Blue, Pink, and Green.

For more thrifting trends visit the post, .Thrifting Trends: Hottest Sorted Collections.

  • Fashion Runways: High-end fashion designers and brands have incorporated quilted elements into their collections, elevating the status of quilt jackets in the fashion world. Names include Gucci, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Coach, and Burberry.
  • Vintage and Thrift Shops: There is a growing trend of finding and purchasing vintage quilt jackets from thrift stores, antique shops, and online marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay.
  • DIY Movement: Many fashion enthusiasts and crafters make their own quilt jackets from old quilts or new fabric scraps, contributing to the DIY fashion movement.
  • Endorsements: Celebrities and influencers wearing vintage quilt jackets have significantly boosted their popularity, showcasing how they can be styled in contemporary ways. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Florence Welch, and Leon Bridges and influencer Alyssa Coscarelli (@alyssainthecity)

You may also find inspiration in this Ride out the Rain with These Fabulous Umbrellas post.

Vintage quilt jackets are more than just a fashion trend; they represent a fusion of history, art, sustainability, and personal expression. Their popularity is driven by a growing appreciation for unique, handcrafted, and environmentally friendly fashion choices.

And well, we just think they are all around cool, too!

Jeff's Jen Designs

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at annck@dabblinganddecorating.com

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9 Comments

  1. Now that’s seriously creative! I have a treasured quilt that my mom made of my old high school t-shirts & memorabilia. Sort of a jacket-quilt in reverse! Thank you for the inspriation!

  2. I love this jacket so much, Ann! It looks great on you! And you and Ella look adorable in the photos of you together!

  3. Lora Bloomquist says:

    Absolutely love your new quilted jacket, Ann! Yes, I have been seeing quilt jackets around lately and am loving the look. Maybe I could get my seamstress daughter to whip me up one with one of my many cutter quilts…hmmm. Thanks for letting us know about this great company, too!

    1. Thank you so much Lora, Jennifer makes beautiful jackets. Her attention to detail is amazing. I don’t have a seamstress daughter, wink wink..

  4. Rachel Harper says:

    Ann
    These jackets are so cute and look so comfortable.