Recently I needed to make a baby quilt for a gift, but didn’t have much time and not quite enough material to make what I had in mind.
Then I remembered my friend Traci makes these really cute rag quilts with fabric scraps and I thought maybe I could try to do something similar.
As I was sorting through my scraps I got the idea to make a quilt of all of my different “soft and textured” fabrics. Since babies like lots of different textures I thought it might be kind of fun to make a quilt with lots of different fabrics. I ended up using corduroy, minke, flannel, chenille and satin all on the same quilt.
This is how I made it:
I started by gathering fabrics that all coordinated and cut them into random sizes. My smallest piece of fabric was 35″ long so I cut all of the fabrics to 35″ with widths varying from 3″ – 10″. I didn’t plan it out at all or think about it, I just started chopping up fabric. (yeah, I know, not always a good idea)…
I then just started sewing the strips together. I made sure the minke was not on one of the ends (it stretches and I needed to keep the quilt straight) and that no 2 “like” fabrics were next to each other. You can’t tell from the photo but I cut the 2 corduroy fabrics (the red and turquoise) opposite ways so that the wale of the corduroy was different on each one. (Just to add more visual texture).
After I thought the quilt looked like a good size I stopped sewing on extra strips. It ended up being about 35″ wide by 50″ tall.
I then quilted it with a stitch in the ditch over the seams, using more flannel as the backing. (Now that I think of it, a pieced backing may have been cute for this project).
For the binding I used some satin blanket binding. It was the first time I’ve used it and it was MUCH easier than I thought. (I bought it a while ago and was afraid to try it out!!).
After a trip through the wash and the GENEROUS use of a lint roller, it was soft and snugly and ready to give away.
I’m very happy with how it turned out. Mostly because it only took about 2 hours to make and I was able to use up a lot of scraps of fabric that I had left over from other projects.
Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of "Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love". Her first fabric line "Derby Style" debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.
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