Thursday, July 23, 2009

making a striped baby quilt in ten easy steps

I made this little striped baby quilt today for my Weight Watchers instructor. She's having a little boy in about a month. I thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial in pictures. Hope you like it!

1. Select the fabrics you want to use in your blanket. For a baby sized quilt, I've found that three or four different fabrics work the best (with at least one being a solid - keeps it from being too busy)

2. Cut them into long strips of various widths and the same length. They don't all have to be the same width. Sometimes the best quilts are not uniform!

3. Arrange the strips of fabric the way you want the quilt to look. It may take a few times to get it just the way you want. On this quilt, I ended up having to cut two more strips in a solid light blue to balance the prints out better and make it a little longer.

4. Sew the strips together, right sides facing.

5. Lay out the quilt top again and make sure everything looks okay. Cut all the edges so they are straight and the same width.

6. Sew the entire quilt top to the backing fabric, right sides facing. (I used a soft solid color flannel. If you want a lighter weight blanket, another cotton fabric is fine.) Leave a small opening in the middle of one side of the blanket. Trim all the edges near the stitching so that there is not a lot of excess fabric.
7. Cut all the corners at a slant. Rotary cutters work best!

8. Pull the blanket through the opening you didn't sew so that the blanket is now right side out.

9. Top stitch all the way around the edges of the blanket, leaving about 1/4 in seam allowance. Sew the opening shut as well. If you have a tag, sew that on one of the sides.

10. You're finished! Now, just look over the quilt and make sure there are not any loose threads. Iron and wrap up to make a wonderful baby gift!

This was fun! A perfect sewing project for someone that is relatively new to sewing. And a fantastic baby gift to give that is sure to be treasured and loved!

Have a great night!

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