Quick whole cloth baby quilts – pillow case style of sewing.By
This really easy project is to make a quilt for babies – suitable for beginners, teens and those who want to get something needed made quickly and donated or given as a gift.
1. Cut two pieces fabric 36″ by 45″. This size is wonderful for newborns and can keep baby covered as it grows. I usually buy a yard and a half of fabric and know it’s the right size. Don’t worry if its a tad bigger or smaller, I have never met a baby with a yardstick yet, or one that complained about size! Use batting, I prefer the cotton batting that is thinner but warmer. If you use synthetic batting, do not use high loft – it’s too stiff. Instead, if that’s all you have to use, split the high loft batting in 2 to make 2 quilts. It’s easy to split.
2. Lay the two pieces of fabric together lining up the edges with right side of fabric facing each other and the batting on the bottom. You can either leave the corners square, or with a dinner plate, cut rounded orders – the plate helps to get them even.
3. Sew along the edge all the way around leaving a 4″ to 6″ opening. I like to serge the seams, it’s faster.
4. Turn the quilt right side out.
5. Stitch 1/4 inches in from the edge to secure the top batting and backing through the years of use so the batting won’t shift. Either tie the quilt with square knots every 4″ to secure all layers or, using a walking foot, sew a grid on the quilt making sure that there are no areas larger than 4″ that are not secured by either sewing, quilting or tying (sometimes called tacking).
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