Fabric Stash Project:
This patchwork baby quilt is such an awesome way to use up all those bits and pieces left over from other sewing projects. You can make a totally crazy quilt made from tons of different left over fabrics, or scavenge as much from each project as possible to make a quilt with coordinating colors and patterns. Not only will you find those fabric scraps put to god use, this quilt makes a fabulous baby blanket, nursery wall decoration, or a gorgeous baby gift.
To make this patchwork quilt simply pick out a few different fabrics that have coordinating or matching colors and patterns. For a really luxurious blankie I like to choose one heavier fabric such as fleece or faux minky fabric to use as both a backing and to add texture to the quilted side of the blanket. It is not fully necessary to choose a heavier fabric, although it does give the quilt that luxurious soft feeling and adds a bit of texture as well.
So, you'll choose one fabric to be used as the backing of the quilt (you will need one large piece of this particular fabric). I used one full yard for the backing of the quilt.
For the opposite side of the quilt you can choose to purchase fat quarters or 1/2 yards, or use up your scraps. These will be cut up into squares or strips to form the patchwork quilt. I chose four separate fabrics for my quilt. They were all left overs from a few other nursery projects I had worked on previously. So, Bonus! I got to make a quilt that totally matched the rest of my nursery!
If your are making your quilt from fabric stash leftovers chances are you only have smaller bits and pieces of fabric to work with. So you'll need to work this out by cutting your fabric into small square blocks of equal size.
Your going to create a square block to use as a baby quilt pattern. Really this just means cutting out a square shape from heavy paper or cardboard. It should be a complete square. Make this as big or little as you like. I made mine 7" by 7" and cut it out of cardboard to make a nice sturdy baby quilt pattern piece. Or you can print and use this supersimple quilt block pattern and skip a step.
How big you want to make your quilt is entirely up to you. It really doesn't need to be all that big since it will be used to wrap around tiny humans. I made mine about the same size as a receiving blanket.
Start by cutting all of your corresponding fabrics into squares using the baby quilt block "pattern". To sew the quilt together just sew the squares together, end on end.
How many squares wide do you want the quilt to be? I made my quilt four squares wide and five squares long. So I sewed together four squares end on end to create a strip, making sure the fabrics alternated. I then sewed a second strip just like it, this time not only alternating the fabrics within the strip, but also making sure that when I held both strips together no two identical fabrics touching.
Next I held both strips so the tops were facing, pinned it and sewed the strips together the long way. Keep sewing squares together end to end to create another strip, and add it on to the end of the quilt until you are satisfied with the size of the quilt. Make sure that all of the stitching has the same seam allowance.
Making a quilt by sewing strips of fabric is just as easy, if not easier than by using the block method I described above. All you have to do is cut long strips of fabric all at the same width. Say, long strips of fabric that are 5" long for example. Sew the strips together the long way, creating a sort of striped quilt piece. Then, with a yard stick or quilting ruler, cut the blanket into 5" strips all over again going in the opposite direction creating a long strip of fabric squares sewed together. Now all you have to do is sew those strips back together and you've got yourself a patchwork crazy quilt - baby sized.
from there I took the quilt to my ironing board and smoothed everything out paying close attention to the edges of the blanket. I took it to my sewing machine to give it a last step finished look. I zig zag stitched about 1/2" in from the edge creating a border around the entire baby quilt. I used a nice bright matching thread to give it a bit of decorative edge.
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