Sometimes really great people have babies. When they do, you can give them store-bought gifts, or make something really special just for their little bundle of cute.
Step 1: You'll Need. . .
- 36"x45" piece of muslin or linen (or whatever fabric you'd like to use)
- 36"x45" quilt batting (basically a sheet of stuffing material)
- 40"x56" piece of soft fuzzy fabric (pick a color that will look good with the front of the quilt as well as it will roll over to form the edging - you can use blanket or quilt binding if you prefer it)
- 20 iron-on transfers
- 20 images you'd like to use for the front of the quilt
- Computer with image editing software
- Pins, thread, and needles (or sewing machine)
- Some yarn in a color that will look nice with the front (to form small ties that will help tack the layers together)
- Ruler or measuring tape
Step 2: Making Transfers
- Find 20 images you'd like to use for the front of the quilt - it might be nice to focus them around something specific
- Using image editing software, open the images
- If you're using Photoshop (may also apply to programs like G.I.M.P.): Convert each image to a smart object --> Stretch them to fit in an 8.5"x8.5" square --> Flip on the horizontal axis --> Save each image as a jpg
- Print each on a sheet of transfer paper following the instructions on the packaging
Step 3: Getting Everything Ironed Out
- Cut the muslin into 20 squares each measuring 9"x9"
- Place a square of fabric on some newspaper or other protective surface
- Cut the excess off of each transfer paper image so that it's 8.5"x8.5"
- Top the fabric with a piece of transfer paper so that the transfer paper is centered and image side down
- Iron with a hot iron until the transfer paper is securely affixed to the fabric
- Allow to cool slightly and gently peel off the transfer paper backing
- Complete with all 20 images