Good Morning! I have another exciting guest post today here on View From The Fridge! Christy from Confessions of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer is here to share an AWESOME project (and just happens to be perfect timing for Ben’s arrival!!).
If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Christy and all her awesome projects … you need to check out her blog … ASAP (just as soon as you’re done reading this post). She is SUPER talented … she’s handy with power tools, has a great eye for design, has a beautiful home, and apparently … can sew (see this awesome quilt below). I was just thrilled when Christy volunteered to help me out during these first couple weeks/months home with baby Ben! I’m simply honored to have her here. So … without further ado …
Take it over, Christy …
Hi everyone, my name is Christy and I am so excited to be hanging out at View from the Fridge today! I am constantly wowed by the amazing transformations that Katie comes up with, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post while she enjoys time with her adorable little man!
I blog at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer and as the title suggests, I move from one project to the next to the next. I love to drag home all kinds of treasures from who knows where and give them new life! I also love to share my outdoor spaces and easy-to-follow sewing tutorials.
Just in time for Katie’s new arrival, I thought I’d share how to make a baby quilt out of receiving blankets. This takes very basic sewing skills, so don’t run just yet!
My three-year old has one and he drags it all over the house. It is the perfect size at 36″ X 44″, for him to snuggle up with.
I started with a pack of flannel receiving blankets:
These are perfect because the flannel will wash up super soft and the fabrics are already coordinated perfectly. I did need to purchase a few more things:
The chenille adds a bit of fun texture, but I’ll warn you that it does get everywhere when cutting it. I thought it was worth the trouble, but it’s not necessary. (I used it in place of one of the blankets.)
Let’s get started…
Create a Pattern
I created a pattern to use as a guide. You can use this one; just substitute your own abbreviations, or create your own.
The best tools for cutting even squares, are a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat. You can purchase them in a kit at your fabric or craft store. I use my set ALL the time!
I cut my squares 4 1/2 X 4 1/2. As you can see also, I folded my fabric prior to cutting as the rotary cutter will cut through a few layers very easily, allowing you to cut several pieces at once.
Sew Squares Together
Keep your pattern handy as you’ll be referring to it often. Start with your first square (top, left hand corner), and attach it side-by-side to the next square. I started with “BW”, big whale and attached it to “Ch” for chenille.
You could then add the next square, which for me would be “Cir” for Circles and so on until you have the top row complete. Then move onto the next row and so on.
I started with the same two squares, but instead of adding the third square, I moved to the next row down and sewed those first two pieces together. I continued until I had all of the first two squares of each horizontal row sewn together.
Then I added the third square to each row (following my pattern) and worked my way down, and so on.
The reason for assembling the squares this way is so that I can “butt” each piece behind the next, through the machine which saves time and thread.
Either method yields the same results…a set of 11 rows, 9 squares each:
When you have all of your horizontal rows complete, iron each row.
Then referring to your pattern, sew each row together. You’ll end up with something that looks like this:
Assemble Quilt Layers
Next lay out your quilt batting and place the quilt top face up on top. Pin in place.
Sew around the outer edge. Trim any excess batting.
Place flannel fabric for backing face down on top and pin in place:
Sew around the outer edge again, this time leaving several inches open to flip quilt right-side-out. Trim any excess fabric.
Clip the corners to get a nice sharp corner before turning:
Turn right-side-out and pin opening closed. Sew a seam 1/4″ around the outside edge. This should close up your opening too.
This is a cheater’s way of getting out of making a binding for the edges!
To keep things together, I added knots in several places using embroidery thread. I knotted it on the front…
…and on the other side:
Stand back and admire, you did it!
I made this for my neighbor to match her nursery and she loved it! I’m hoping it will become her baby’s favorite “blankie” too.
Ours has had a gazillion washes (and looks like it too), but it is so soft and snuggly!
Don’t worry if your squares don’t align perfectly. Those little imperfections are what make it special.
Hand-made gifts are a gift from the heart.
Thanks so much, Katie for letting me hang out with your lovely readers today!
I hope you guys will stop by my place and say hello!
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Katie here again … A HUGE thank you to Christy for sharing this awesome project today! Learning how to make a quilt is on my list of 20 wishes for 2014, so this post is PERFECT!!! I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be able to get back to the sewing machine, but when I do … this is top on the list! Be sure to stop over to Christy’s page and browse through all her awesomeness!
Thanks for stopping by! More pictures of Ben coming soon …