This quilt should only take a couple of hours to make, not including the amount of time it can take for the adhesive spray to dry.
Before you begin, the first step is going to be choosing a couple of fabrics you like. Whether it’s for your child or a friend or family member’s baby, make sure you choose some complementary colors that will go well with the infant’s nursery décor.
The materials you’ll need for this project include:
- Fabric adhesive spray
- Small piece of polyester and cotton quilt batting
- Half a yard of coordinating fabric for the quilt binding
- One and a half yards of a coordinating fabric for the reverse side of the quilt
- And the one-and-a-half-yard fabric panel that will be the front side of the quilt
The first step, before you even begin the sewing process is to wash and dry all of the fabrics. Next, cut a piece of the reverse side fabric to match the size of the main fabric panel. The binding fabric should be cut into two and a half inch wide strips. These strips should be as long as the fabric is wide. You’ll need to cut a total of three of these strips.
Grab the fabric adhesive. Begin with the reverse side. Lay the quilt batting on a clean flat surface and then lay the reverse piece of fabric over it, smoothing it out. Fold the bottom half up and spray on the fabric adhesive following the directions on the packaging. Next, unfold the reverse fabric, smooth it back out over the batting, applying gentle pressure. Repeat on the other half of the fabric.
Allow the adhesive to dry for about an hour. Once it’s dry, flip the quilt over and repeat the process with the front panel, spraying the batting layer. Once the glue has had time to dry you can get started quilting.
The best thing about using a fabric panel to make a quilt is that you won’t have to deal with piecing since that part of the job has been done for you. All you have to do is stitch through the layers. Another big plus about making a baby quilt is that it’s the perfect size to practice using the best sewing machine for quilting. Models such as the 9980 Quantum Stylist by Singer is a great choice because it’s very beginner-friendly.
Adding Simple Stitch Designs
With the fabric panel, you can simply stitch around the major shapes in the fabric such as diamond shapes or circles, giving it that vintage pieced together look that has a true quilt feel. You can also use a unique stitch along the border.
If you’re a beginner go slowly and make sure you keep the stitches small. When you’re using the machine, you’ll need to hold the fabric taut with your hands, but don’t hold it so tight that it will stretch out the fabric.
The most difficult part of this sewing process is sewing the vertical sides. Be careful that the fabric doesn’t get pulled out or skewed during this step, otherwise, you’ll have to seam rip the sides and start all over again.
Once you’re done with the sides make sure you trim them. You’ll want to leave a small border on the panel of about a quarter of an inch, so the binding can cover it entirely.
In order to make the binding, the binding strips must be sewn together. Next, the binding should be folded in half lengthwise.
Place the binding in the middle of a side and start sewing. The raw edge of the quilt must be lined up with the raw edge of the binding. You should leave two inches, which you can later use to join the rest of the binding together. Stitch using a quarter of an inch seam allowance.
When you get close to a corner, continue sewing until you’re a quarter of an inch from the edge. Next, remove the needle and backstitch. Fold down the binding and start stitching on a new side.
Once you reach the end, stop sewing about one inch from the spot where you started. Cut the binding so it overlaps two inches. Fold one of the ends half an inch inward, tucking the other end inside. Next, pin it and sew it to the quilt.
Most of the job is complete at this point. All that’s left is some hand stitching.
Miter the corners of the quilt after you’ve turned the binding around the edge of the quilt to the back. The corners should have a nice thick stitch. With the corners mitered shut the corners should remain tightly in place, even after a few washes.
Once you’ve sewn all of the corners you should wash the quilt to remove any loose strings and lint.
Wallah! You have yourself a beautiful baby quilt that is simple to make and requires very minimal materials.