Ever since I found I was expecting, I knew I wanted to make a few crafts for baby, one of them being a quilt. Granted, I had never made one before and have beginners sewing skills, but I still wanted to take a stab at it. It was a long process, but I’m definitely happy with the results. I’ll be sharing with your how I went about into making the quilt in the next two posts, since one would’ve been too long.
After lots of internet browsing, I found the size I wanted (40″x48″) and came up with a design. It took a lot of variations and drawing, but I finally came up with a squares and line design, made up of 6 different patterned fabrics. To help me visualize the design, I made a mock up of it on on Photoshop.
Sketching out the pattern to scale made it really easy for me to calculate fabric needs and measurements. So I headed to Joann’s Fabrics and found everything I needed. It was a very successful trip.
- 1/2 yard per fabric pattern (6 total patterns for 3 total yards)
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the border
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the edge
- 1.5 yards of fabric for the backside
- sewing needles
Once home, I was ready to tackle the cut list.
- fabric 1-3: (17) 2.5″x2.5″ squares and (4) 2.5″x24.5″ strips
- fabric 4-6: (18) 2.5″x2.5″ squares and (3) 2.5″x24.5″ strips
- border: (2) 3.5″x40.5″ strips and (2) 3.5″x42.5″ strips
- edge: 4″ strips, enough to go around the perimeter of quilt, it’ll depend on the length/width of your available fabric
- backside and batting: no cuts until front was made
Tools needed: straight edge/rulers, very sharp cutting tools (a rotary blade in my case), a cutting mat, tape measure, scissors and pencil.
To cut the inside design pieces, lay out the fabric and flatten as much as possible (iron if desired). Cut a straight line as close to one of the edges as possible.
From there, mark in increments of 2.5″ at different points along the length of the fabric. Guided by a straight edge, cut along those points with a rotary blade. Repeat until all your cuts of fabric are ready.
To assemble the design.
Using your colored sketch as a guide, start pinning together the squares of fabrics adjacent to each other. Make sure to align correctly if the pattern has an up/down pattern.
Sew along adjoining edge with 1/4” seam allowance. Instead of doing one by one, I just kept feeding the pieces back to back to speed up the process.
Once again, match up pieces that are next to each other, pin and sew.
Keep doing this until you have all your strips made.
Iron these so they lay as flat as possible.
Next, pair up, align and pin adjacent strips. Sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.
Once again, do this until all strips are sewn together. When aligning and pinning the strips, make sure to align them where different fabrics meet to keep seams and corners as square as possible.
Eventually, you will have sewn all strips together to make the front design. Iron it.
The next step is to sew the border around this insert. First, sew each side.
Then, sew the top and bottom pieces. The front of the quilt is now complete.
Up to this step is the most time consuming part of the quilt, but it is also the most intricate. Just a lot of measuring, cutting, pinning and sewing. It seems never ending, but once you get to this point, the rest is a breeze.
Stay tuned for the second part where I show you how I finished this quilt. Best part, I did it without a quilting machine!
Have a good day!