Many sewers begin their journey by wanting to sew a quilt for themselves or their loved ones. A quilt which when done well is a treasured gift which is past down like an heirloom. But these should not just become aspirations as at the beginning it looks like a huge task. It is not such a tough task as you think if you can follow the instructions.
A few tips that you should keep in mind is that start small and with a simple design, do not attempt to start with a quilt for a cot, but instead try cushion cover or something on those lines which will give you the confidence to do something bigger.
Choose fabric: You can choose many fabrics for your quilt which can be of a single color or multicolored. IF you are selecting fabrics which are different, then you should match the colors and designs so that they go well with each other. You can now cut the materials to any size you desire, but they should be squares using a scissor or any other tool. Arrange all the squares into a pattern which that looks good to you.
Sew the sides: After you arrange them into rows, take each row and pin the sides so that you can stitch the sides using a sewing machine. Stitch all the rows and flatten them out so that they are in the same direction.
Add the border: Now that all the squares are stitched together, you can add some highlight by creating a contrasting border, have all four sides bordered or any two of them stitched.
Layering: You can use a bamboo batting to layer your quilt, put it on top of the stitched fabric, now add another layer of fabric for backing and sew them together and you have now learned how to quilt.
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If you are among those who are sentimental about throwing away your favorite T-shirts, then one of the ways of keeping it for a longer time is to make a quilt out of it. You need not worry about the patterns or designs they can be done the way you want, complex or straightforward. The technique for sewing a T-shirt quilt is slightly different from the normal one.
But before you start out with this unique designed quilts, there are a few things to consider.
● The number of T-shirts that you have for this project
● Size of the Tshirt and the size of the quilt you want to sew
● Are you planning to sash the quilt and if yes what is the purpose to do it. You can also make the quilt larger by using borders if the goal of uses sashing is to make it big.?
● Are the designs on the T-shirt all of the same size, even they are not, you can make a different pattern out of it.?
Step1: Take a washed and dried T-shirt and using a scissor cut the front panel, remove all the other parts and keep only the panel. Do the same to all the other T-shirts you are using to make this quilt.
Step 2: Keep the panels which are of the same sie side by side on a surface which is flat, check if the pattern looks ok to your eyes and start sewing then in rows.
Step 3: Interfacing should be done so that it fits the panels.
Step 4: It is now time to add some sashing or any patchwork to the panels.
Step 5: Once you are done with the front of the quilt, the rest of the process is the same as other quilts that you do. But one thing to note is that you may find it difficult to sew it by hand, so better to use a sewing machine to do the stitching.
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The fabric that is used to cover the edges of the quilt, batting, and the backing is called the quilt binding. When you bind a quilt, it helps to secure the borders and also makes the quilt look better. A binding is the last step to making a quilt. Any fabric can be used for binding; it can be something that you have already used to make the quilt or anything else that will enhance the design. It is better to have two layers of fabric rather than one to make it more long-lasting.
Find below step-by-step instructions on binding quilts.
Calculate the strips: Check the size of your quilt and then double it. Add 10’’ more to the corners and seam, divide by 40” to get the total number of strips that you will need.
Stitch: Two strips are placed perpendicular to each other and stitched diagonally. Cut the backing and batting that are extra even before you start to string the binding together. If you have any seams that are in the corners, you should move them so that seams are not in the corners. Fold the edge of the binding so that it faces the quilt and put it in the front so that you have a gap of about 8”. The end of the quilt should be next to the binding. Start sewing from the front of the quilt and allowing a difference of a quarter inch. Stop stitching just before the corner.
Hand stitching: The binding should go behind the quilt and keep it in place use clips before you stitch it by hand. Using a needle to sew the binding and knot it at the end, you can use two threads to ensure it is firmly held. The stitch should be done only with the batting and backing and remove the extra yarn. Continue the same process across the length of the quilt, and you do with binding the quilt.