How to Make a Quilt for Beginners: Part One – Sewing the Quilt Front.
On a cool night what could be better than snuggling under a home-made quilt to watch a movie, read a book or sleep? Learn how to make a quilt for beginners with this video tutorial and you’ll not only be warm, you’ll look good too!
Sewing a quilt is not a small project although it is simple… providing you have the right instructions! We have broken down the process into four parts. This is Part One and demonstrates how to sew the front of your quilt… the pretty patterned bit! We how keen you are to complete your first quilt so we have chosen a simple pattern that requires no measuring or shape cutting.
Before you begin you will need a sewing machine, lots of thread, lots of filled bobbins, scissors… and lots of patience, time and some good music. Have clear space around you and don’t forget to clean the floor as well… no, seriously, your fabric will end up there during some of the sewing process! Talking of fabric…
Patchwork fabric tends to be 100 percent cotton and is available in any and every color and design imaginable. For this project you will need to get a Jelly Roll Fabric– a pre-cut pack of material strips suitable for quilting. It includes 40 strips of fabric cut 2½ inches wide and approximately 44 inches long. All the fabric in a pack will have been chosen to co-ordinate. This saves you the effort of picking the materials and slicing them up. All you need to do is start sewing…
The video is worth watching all the way through once to get an idea of the size of the project… and also because the presenter is so obviously having fun! Once you have completed your quilt it’s time to move onto How to Make a Quilt for Beginners – Part Two – Basting Your Fabrics… see you there!
Sewing The Quilt Fonts – How to Make a Quilt: Part 1
How to Make a Quilt for Beginners: Part Two – Basting Your Fabrics.
You have made your quilt front panel and it’s looking great. Now you need to start the process of turning your work of art into a usable quilt. The next step is to learn how to baste your fabric sandwich of front panel, batting and backing material in this easy to follow video for beginners.
Basting is a way to temporarily hold fabrics together. You do this with every sewing project, whether you hold a seam together with pins, stitches or glue. For a quilt you will make a fabric sandwich and baste three layers together ready to machine quilt them. Before you can begin, you need to get together some more equipment… Quilters pins (a bit like safety pins but with a bend in them) or a can of quilters Spray Glue. You also need two more layers of fabric.
The inner layer of fabric is what makes your quilt thick. It is called Batting or Wadding. It is made in different thicknesses so explain to your haberdasher what you are making and they will advise you on the right purchase.
The last layer is the backing fabric. It can be any fabric – or even another quilted panel if you want a reversible quilt. When you purchase these two fabrics, you will need to buy them 4 inches bigger than your sewn panel in both directions. You may have to sew sections of fabric together to get pieces big enough.
You are now ready to begin basting. The video demonstrates how to make a quilt for beginners – basting using quilters pins. Spray glue is quicker and follows a similar principle, although you will need to glue twice – the batting to the backing, and the front to the batting – see how to make a baby quilt for beginners for a demonstration of quilters spray. Whichever method of basting you use, always work out from the centre, smooth as you go and work in sections. If you are making a large piece of work, it is easier to lay out your fabrics on the floor.
Once your fabric sandwich is basted, you are ready to begin sewing again – join us in part 3 of this series on How to Make a Quilt for Beginners – quilting your quilt.
Basting Your Fabrics – How to Make a Quilt: Part 2
How to Make a Quilt for Beginners: Part Three Quilting Your Quilt.
Welcome to how to make a quilt for beginners part 3. If you’ve got this far then you now have a huge heap of fabric layers that have a life of their own! It’s time to trap them together by learning how to machine your quilt through your batting and fabrics using a sewing machine. Strait froward video demonstration suitable for all sewing abilities.
The purpose of this stage is to join all three layers together at intervals across your quilt so that they stay neatly in place. When you sew through the fabrics, either by hand or machine, the areas between the sewing stitches appear to puff up giving the quilt a three dimensional finish. There are numerous sewing patterns you can do at this stage. The easiest, as shown in the user friendly video, is to sew in straight lines across your quilt. Try to keep your lines even and not too far apart, or too close together!
Another common quilting pattern is to ‘sew in the ditches‘. This is where you sew your quilting lines along the seam lines of your quilt panel. Or you can go ‘free-style’ where you sew twirls or patterns across the quilt. Whichever you decide to do, the purpose is the same – to trap your materials together. And always, always, start at the middle of the quilt and work out to the edges.
Watch the video link to see how to sew your quilt. All you need is your machine, lots of thread, lots of loaded bobbins and lots of time… oh, and get that stereo cranked up again!
As with all the quilting stages, this part is simple to do – but you need to take your time as you sew for the best results.
Next it’s time to finish off your edges and turn your labour of love into a usable quilt. You’ll be ready to snuggle under it and rest by the time it’s finished!
Quilting Your Quilt – How Make a Quilt: Part 3
How to Make a Quilt for Beginners: Part Four Binding Your Quilt Edge.
It’s nearly finished. Phew! Your pile of fabric is nearly a completed quilt. All that’s left is to trim it to shape and sew on the border. Once you’ve learned how to sew a quilt, there will be no stopping you from trying out more adventurous designs. The whole family will be warm and cosy on those winter evenings. Watch this easy-to-follow video and learn how to sew binding around your quilt and get tidy corners.
The equipment you need for this stage is your trusty sewing machine, thread, hand sewing needles, scissors, a cutting board, straight edge/measuring template and a cutting tool. You can buy circular cutting tools which are especially made for quilting, as shown in this video. They produce a neat finish much quicker than trying to cut through all your fabric layers with scissors. As always, talk to your haberdasher and they will advise you.
Before you can sew on your border, you need to make one! You will need to join several lengths of material cut 2½ inches wide. Join them as you did in How to Make a Quilt for Beginners – part one – sewing the quilt front. You will need a final length that it is twice the height of your quilt, plus twice the width of your quilt, plus 12 inches long. Press your material in half long ways with right sides facing out – and you are ready to start.
The video shows you clearly how to sew a quilt border and how to get neat corners. The first sew is using the machine, but the finishing sew is by hand, using hemming stitch. Settle back, put the T.V. on and enjoy the sewing process. It will be worth the effort – after all this time making your quilt, it would be a shame if the finished product was not as good as it can be.
Congratulations! You have finished the border and sewn your first quilt. As you snuggle beneath it you can start thinking about your next project…
Binding Your Quilt Edge – How Make a Quilt: Part 4