Introduction: Quilt

About: I have been sewing and crafting for several years, my children are grown so now I have lots of time to be creative. I enjoy photography, cooking, cake decorating, painting and sharing my projects with others.

I made this quilt out of old clothes and fabric scraps. The back is a green sheet I had. It is hand-tied with embroidery floss. I didn't have a particular order for the squares, I wanted the squares sort of randomly placed, the only rule was that I didn't want two identical prints next to each other. You can make the quilt in any size you want, mine is 14 squares by 13 squares. suitable for a twin size bed.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need either old cotton shirts or scraps of cotton fabric. Sewing machine, iron, thread, scissors, straight pins, embroidery floss or yarn for tying. You will also need fabric for the back and some quilt batting, and safety pins.

Step 2: Cutting the Squares

Cut a pattern out of paper. Iron fabric scraps. I used a 5" square and cut my squares out with a rotary cutter.

Step 3: Make a Row

Sew squares together with 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams open.

Step 4: Arrange Rows

Lay rows on a flat surface and arrange so that no identical squares are next to each other.

Step 5: Sew the Rows Together

Sew rows together, matching seams and use 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams open.

Step 6: Pin Layers Together

Lay the sheet on the floor, wrong side up. Lay the quilt batting on top of the sheet. Lay the quilt top over the batting. Place heavy books near the edges so you can pull the wrinkles out of the fabric. Trim batting so that it is 1" larger than the quilt top, on all 4 sides. Cut the sheet so that it is 3" larger than the quilt top, on all 4 sides. fold all 4 sides of the sheet up and over to the quilt top. Pin all the way around. Place safety pins through all 3 layers in several places on the quilt.

Step 7: Sew Around Edge

Using the sewing machine, stitch around all 4 sides of quilt, removing pins as you go.

Step 8: Tie the Quilt Together.

Using yarn or embroidery floss, tie the layers together in the center of every other square. Remove safety pins. Trim yarn to 1".

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    wee janis
    wee janis

    1 year ago

    I found your site today and I could not be happier, it has everything I have been looking for. I have been trying to muster up the courage to try quilting and only by looking at instructions on your site have I finally decided I am going to give it a try. Thank you for all your help I have bad Rheumatoid Arthritis and can't get out and about much and this means the world to me, and gives me lots to look forward to.



    Reply 1 year ago

    I’m glad to hear that you are going to try quilting. I find it to be very relaxing. I enjoy using old clothes for quilts because it gives me a feeling of helping to cut down on cost and giving items a second chance to be useful. It’s great to have a project to work on, good luck!

    wee janis
    wee janis

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for your reply. Before the lockdown I was visiting lots of charity shops and picking up old sheets, and pieces of material, I know it sound silly but as I get older my confidence isn't what it used to be but I am determined to give it a try. I have started on a small one for one of my grand daughters dolls using pre cuts I started sewing them together today but have found that they are not the same size so I am having to unpick them and measure them again, I thought as they were already cut they would be the same size. They are not out by much but it makes the matching up more difficult. I am grateful for you getting back to me and I am so glad I have found this site.

    Janis :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like it!! the colors come together very nicely. great instructable