Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt
The Kiddo’s Aunt and Uncle are having a baby, The Kiddo and I wanted to make them something Special for the Baby. Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt was perfect. The Kiddo picked out the fabric and set up the design and I did the sewing. I realized, after we organized the pattern for the blocks, that you may want to make one yourself. When Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt it is good to know that it is a little harder than making a flat blanket, but easier than piecing together a specific design and dealing with batting. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments.
1 yard of flannel or fleece fabric for the backing. You can use a cotton fabric for the backing but the blanket will be thin.
5″ fabric blocks. You can buy packs of precut blocks usually 21 blocks per pack with 3 blocks of each pattern. You will need 2 packs for a 5 block by 8 block quilt.
Basic sewing supplies: machine, thread, pins…
needle and thread to hand sew the closure.
*Always prewash and dry all fabric unless the fabric is marked prewashed/prepped/preshrunk. My 5″ squares were preshrunk and I washed, dried and ironed the flannel backing.
*If cutting your own squares wash fabric first and then cut.
Decide on your layout. The Kiddo loved these fabrics and knew exactly how she wanted it to look. You may want to play around with placement and pattern direction.
Sew in rows. 1/4″ seam allowance. Remember to keep the blocks in the right order when sewing.
Iron to the dark side. What does that mean. Most quilters Iron the seams facing the darker fabric. I Iron the first row of blocks one way and the next row facing the other direction. It makes it easier to sew the long rows together later.
A good way to keep the correct order of rows is to lay them out like this.
Pin the seams to keep them lined up when sewing. This is when you marry the seams. If the pinned together seams are facing in opposite directions then the meet points will sew more smoothly and not be bulky.
Sew a 1/4″ seam and Iron the seams flat.
Layout the sewn blocks and the flannel base with right sides together. The Flannel should be larger than the sewn blocks. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the layers of fabric and pin the top to the base. Mark the opening and closing points by making an X with your pins. You can use safety pins if you are worried about being stuck by a pin.
Once the top and bottom layers are well pinned you can cut away the excess bottom fabric.
Straight stitch your 1/4″ seam allowance. (You can use up to a 1/2″ seam allowance. Remember the larger seam allowance the smaller the block.) then zigzag or surge around the edges for added stability. It is not necessary but I do it anyway. Do not forget to leave an opening for turning right side out.
Trim the corners before turning
Top stitch along the seams and Hand sew closure. I use a ladder stitch to close the opening. I also top stitch around the outer edge of the blanket as well. I like the edges to lay smoothly.
The blanket is ready to gift. I used a wavy decorative stitch for the seams and a leaf stitch for the edges. The top stitching adds a little detail to the back of the quilt.
When packaging the quilt it is a good idea to layer tissue paper in the folds to keep the quilt from creasing.
I love making baby items. Do you have a favorite baby Gift?
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