Baby Quilt Tutorial (Beginner)

IMG_9409Guys, I actually made a baby quilt! One of my very dearest friends is about to become a mom for the very first time. It’s sort of crazy to think about but I could not be more thrilled for her. I was also thrilled when I found this cute little pink and gray elephant fabric because that’s the theme that she went with for her daughter’s nursery and since I now have a sewing machine I knew I wanted to make something for her.

I never actually intended to make a quilt though because well I didn’t know how and I had never even attempted to start learning how to make a quilt. But then I got it in my head that a quilt is exactly what I needed to make her so I set off into the interwebs and tried to teach myself how to do it. I was also a little bit pressed for time so when I saw a picture of a quilt that was just strips I knew I could do it.

This isn’t the fanciest quilt ever but it is absolutely perfect for beginners. And at the end of the day even if it’s not really elaborate or fancy it doesn’t matter. You will have made it and that’s all that matters. If I can do it with very little sewing experience then you can to. So let’s get to it.

What You Need:

sewing machine
1 ¼ yards fabric for backing
½ yard of about 4 different fabrics
1 ¼ yards batting
matching thread
quilters safety pins
stick pins
chalk (optional to map out your quilt design)

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What you do:

  1. Start by washing all of your fabric and then ironing it . Chances are the fabric will shrink a bit and you want to work with it already shrunk instead of it doing it after you’ve sewed everything just in case.
  2. After all of your fabric is washed and ironed then cut your top pieces into 2 ½-4 ½ strips. You can customize the size of the strips to however you want them but those are the sizes I used. I ended up using the pink squiggly fabric as more of an accent strip so I made them smaller. The rest were 4 ½ inches though.IMG_9263
  3. Once all your fabric is cut then place your backing fabric down and start arranging your fabric how you want it to look. The world is your oyster and it might take a little mixing and matching to get it just right but this way you will have the best visual of what the pattern will look like when you’re done.IMG_9294
  4. Time to start sewing. Take your first two strips of fabric and place them with the right sides together. Sew a ¼ inch seem all the way down opening it up you should have your seem on the inside. Lay the two pieces together right side up and place your next strip right with the right sides facing together sew another ¼ inch seem all the way down. Continue until all of your strips are pieced together.IMG_9300
  5. Run the iron over the entire bit especially over the seems just to even it out as much as possible.
  6. Now place your backing with the wrong side facing up put your batting on top and then your top piece with the right side facing up. Put pins all over to hold all three pieces of fabric together.IMG_9311
  7. I did a diagonal design for the quilt but you can do whatever you like best. I measured about 3 ½ inches between each line and marked them in chalk diagonally across the blanket in two different directions.
  8. Quilt together your blanket, add a binding and bob’s your uncle. It’s a lot of work but as far as quilts goes it’s relatively easy.

Notes:

-If you’re like me and are making a quilt for the first time and you don’t know how to put on a binding then your best bet is to go to youtube and watch a few tutorials. That’s how I learned. I would not do you any justice trying to explain it on here and there are some really good tutorials that will help you out.

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