Hi,this looks like fun!Cant wait to try:)
Thanks for the idea.
Would this be hard for a beginner sewer? If not do you know where I could find the written directions for this. I think I understand what she means by watching her but am unable to understand her completely because of my hearing. Thanks! And Happy St. Patrick's Day~
Great link, thanks! :)
I think this would be great for a beginner ! I will see if I can find written instructions for you
Quoting Kaci: Would this be hard for a beginner sewer? If not do you know where I could find the written directions for this. I think I understand what she means by watching her but am unable to understand her completely because of my hearing. Thanks! And Happy St. Patrick's Day~
Here ya go , a written tutorial
a cute baby quilt, a TV throw, or a warm camping blanket! These
blankets are so easy to make and customize to your needs. The nice thing
about these quilts is that unlike "real" quilts, they don't have to be
perfect! Now that's my kind of quilt! :)The quilt shown in this
tutorial is a finished size of about 38 x 50 inches, using 8-inch cut
squares. The pattern uses 48 finished squares, 6 squares x 8 squares.
You can make the squares bigger or smaller, and add squares if you want
the blanket to be bigger. This size is good for a baby, toddler, or
small child.For my quilts I use three coordinating flannels. I
have heard that denim works too. You can use as many (or as little)
different patterns of fabric as you want, but you will have to make sure
that you have enough of each fabric for the number of squares used in
your quilt (both sides).Here's what you will need for a baby/toddler quilt:2 and 2/3 yards of patterned flannel1 and 1/3 yard of a coordinating solid flannel1 and 1/3 yard of another coordinating flannel (try to find a stripe, plaid, or dot)48 x 36 inch piece of Warm and Natural batting (or enough to make 48 6-inch squares)thread (two or three colors)scissorsrotary cuttercutting matrulersewing machinewalking foot for your sewing machine (optional, but highlyrecommended)Instructions:1.
Cut your fabric using a mat, ruler and rotary cutter. Cut the fabric
into 8-inch strips, then cut each strip into 8-inch squares. I make
8-inch squares because it maximizes my fabric; I don't have big chunks
left over after cutting each square.*You should probably end up
with a little bit of leftover fabric, including four 8-inch squares. I
have made matching pillow covers with this leftover fabric in the past. I
will post a tutorial for these pillow covers later on!Note:
Remember, if you have enough fabric, you can always cut your squares
bigger. Just make sure that your squares are all the same size. You will
also need more batting. No matter the size, you will lose 2-inches per
square for seam allowance. So we are cutting 8-inch squares, but the
finished product will have 6-inch squares and the excess will make up
the fray in between the squares. That might be something to keep in
mind. If you want your quilt to end up with 8-inch squares for instance,
you will need to cut 10-inch squares.2. Cut the Warm and Natural into squares that are 2 inches smaller than your flannel squares. In this case, cut 6-inch squares.I
find it is easier and faster to cut the Warm and Natural with scissors
than with a rotary cutter. I double up the batting, draw a line using a
ruler, and cut it with my scissors. Then I cut individual squares using
my rotary cutter. You could also double the strips up and draw lines and
cut with scissors as well.
3. Arrange your squares in sandwiches: flannel on top and bottom (right sides out) with a square of batting centered in the middle.If
you have three fabrics, you should have double the amount of squares in
one of the fabrics as the other two. That is because the patterned
fabrics will be sandwiched together and the other two will be back and
front to each other. So for this quilt, I will end up with all blue
sandwiches, and sandwiches that are green on one side and orange on the
other.Remember if you are using stripes or plaid to arrange the pattern going the same way on all of the sandwiches.
Decide if you want the stripes to be vertical or horizontal, and place
them all that same way when forming sandwiches. For example, in this
quilt, my truck fabric is placed horizontally.4. Attach your
walking foot to your machine. The walking foot keeps the fabric from
bunching and puckering by helping it feed through the machine better. If
you don't have one, sew slowly and you may need to help the fabric
through by gently pulling on the back of the fabric as you sew. Walking
feet can be purchased at sewing supply stores for around $20.Thread
your machine using contrasting thread. For example, I used orange to
stitch onto the blue fabric, blue thread for the green fabric, and green
thread for the orange fabric. Confused yet?Thread your bobbin accordingly. For this square I am sewing, there is blue thread in the bobbin and green thread on top.5.
"Quilt" the squares together by sewing a line diagonally down each of
your squares. Don't stop and cut the thread after each square; instead
do a chain stitch by placing the corner of the next square and
continuing to sew.You
will end up with a big long chain of squares. Cut the thread in between
each square and do the same thing again, sewing a diagonal line in the
opposite direction, making an X in each square.You will now have 48 squares quilted together.6.
Arrange a row of 6 squares into a pattern making sure your horizontals
and verticals are going the right way (back side too). I flip the
orange/green squares every other time.Then continue with the second row. See the pattern forming?You might want to do this on the floor. You should end up with 8 rows.Then
you can bunch them together in order like this while you sew one row at
a time. This is what I do, but whatever works for you is fine. Just
make sure that they are in the right order.7.
Here's where it gets tricky. You are going to sew one row together at a
time (six squares). Sew on a 1-inch seam allowance, with the seam
allowance SHOWING. If it helps, you can lay your row out and pinch the
fabric up where the seams would be to remember where to sew.Here
are the squares for my first row, with the first two squares sewn
together. Notice the seam allowance is showing on the front side of the
all the way down the row until it is finished. Make sure you sew the
row so that all of the seam allowances are showing. Then finish all of
the other rows one at a time.Here
is a picture of all of the rows sewn. The rows are not yet sewn
together; I should have spaced them out so you could see that.8.
Now sew your rows together, still keeping the seam allowances showing
on the same side. (One side of the quilt has the extra fabric for
fraying and one side is flat.)Make sure that you keep the pattern going the right way. One
trick I use is to start with the bottom two rows and pinch where the
seam allowance will be on top of the quilt. Then I go and sew those rows
together. When I am done, I unfold it and place it back down where it
goes. Then I pinch it together with the next row and so on.One
thing to keep in mind when you are sewing the rows together is to try
and get the squares' seams to match up. It won't matter on the frayed
side of the quilt, but you will see it on the back flat side. So if you
care that they are perfect (or at least close) make sure they are
matching up as you sew over them. You may need to pull the fabric one
way or the other.This is how I do it. I tuck the seam allowance
on the bottom side up and let the seam allowance on the top go down.
They kind of fit like a puzzle that way. I am no quilter; I don't know
the correct way to do patchwork if there is one, but this seems to work
for me. It won't matter which way your fabric goes, because those seam
allowances are going to get cut up and frayed anyway.The
last sewing step is to sew around the entire quilt, again using a
1-inch seam allowance. You can sew completely from side to side, or
start one inch inside and pivot your quilt with your needle inserted one
inch from the end of that side so that it's one continuous line. You
should end up with a quilt that looks something like this on the front:...and this on the back:9.
You are almost done! Now grab a good pair of scissors and plop down in
front of the TV. You are going to snip those seam allowances about every
1/4 inch. It won't matter if they are perfect. The intersections of the
squares can be tricky, but it won't matter which way you cut them. I
just cut along the rows, but whatever you do will be fine. Make sure you
cut around the perimeter of the blanket as well.10.
And now for the easiest step of all! Wash the blanket in the washing
machine. That's how you get this cute frayed up look. Make sure you
clean out your lint filter before you dry it- you will have a lot of
fuzz from this quilt.And you're done! Here are some others I have made. Pillow cover tutorial to come!
I got it HERE
Totally going to try this out once I get enough fabric!!!
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