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
Step 4: Columns and Rows
- On a large flat surface, arrange the 20 images in a way that you find pleasing
- Working in rows, sew the images together by pinning two images face to face and sewing along the seam, then pinning on another image in the same fashion and sewing until you have a row of 4 images
- Pin these rows face to face and sew in the same fashion until all are connected into a piece that is 4 squares x 5 squares
Step 5: Layers Are Key
- Place the backing fabric on a large flat surface
- Top with the batting material so that it is centered on the backing fabric
- Top with the quilted image fabric so that is centered on the batting material
- Cut off a portion of the each corner of the backing fabric at about a 45 degree angle - this is done to reduce bulk
- Fold the remaining bit of the corners up to the image fabric and pin in place
- Fold over the sides of the backing fabric just to the edge of the batting and then over again so that the rolled edge is covering about .25" of the image fabric and pin. Pinning in this fashion should create nice mitered corners.
- Sew around the edge making sure that the image fabric is secured by the stiches
- Using a large-eyed needle threaded with yarn, sew through all layers of the quilt at each intersection of the squares on the image fabric
- Wrap up a super cute baby to keep it nice and warm!