How to sew a quilt the easiest, cheating way: Make a quilt in about an hour
This is a quick project perfect for sewing or quilting beginners. Learn how to skip the binding on a quilt to make your sewing go even faster. This page contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a commission (at no additional cost) if you purchase a product through one of them.
Quilting basics and definitions: What’s in a quilt?
Backing is the “wrong” side of a quilt, usually of a plain solid fabric, and extra stitches for decoration/to hold down the batting are also called quilting. Quilt tops are often made from large combinations of many fabrics, sewn together in intricate ways.
How cheater prints make for a quick quilt
What is a cheater panel, and how does it help you make a quick and easy quilt? Cheater panels, also known as cheater prints, cheater panels, or quilt panels, are fabrics that are printed with some of the elements found in a traditional pieced quilt.
What type of batting should I use for quilts?
I prefer 100% cotton batting for baby quilts, but higher loft polyester batting will make a nice fluffy quilt that will be nice and cozy. For this project, choose a crib sized package that is approximately 34-36u2033x45u2033.
What can I use for backing fabric?
Muslin, Kona cottons, flannel, and sheets are all good choices for quilt backs, as are denim and corduroy for heavier fabrics. Anything you have on hand will work as a backing fabric as long as it’s medium-heavy weight.
How to sew a quilt: How to prep your quilt
How do you baste a quilt panel to the batting’s outside edge?
How to use basting spray to prep your quilt top
Allow the spray to sit for a few minutes to allow the fumes to dissipate, and work outside, away from windows and doors, if you’re using quilt basting spray.
Using a glue stick to baste your quilt
The noble glue stick is best for small quilt panels. Follow these steps to avoid getting fumes from the glue stick. When you’re finished with the quilt, pop it in the wash, and the glue will be gone.
Machine basting the top to the batting
Finish prepping the top by stitching close to the edge of the fabric through both layers, about 5.0mm long for me. Trim away any excess batting around the edges, whether you used the basting spray or the glue stick.
How to sew a quilt: Adding the backing to the quilt top
Stitch around the quilt with a shorter 2.6mm straight stitch, using your presser foot as a guide, pivoting just shy of the edge when you get to a corner, and leaving a 6u2033 hole unstitched along one of the sides.
Turning the quilt
Turn the quilt through the hole, smoothing out the edges with your hands and working out the corners with your fingers. When you get to the hole area, press, making sure the unstitched edges are even with the sewn edges, and then press the edges with a steam iron.
Topstitch the quilt
Close to the edge, stitch all around the quilt with a 3.0mm length straight stitch, using a ditch quilting foot with a little blade that rides along the edges. Move your needle to the left so your straight stitch has a 1.0 width.
Making stitches with embroidery floss
The last step is to tie the quilt, which is the simplest way to keep the batting in place. Leave about a 6u2033 tail on the embroidery floss and poke the needle through about 1/4u2033 away from your first stitch.
Finishing the ties
After you’ve stitched all of your marks, cut the floss floss between each stitch and tie a square knot with the two ends in the same direction at each of your marks. Snip the ends so that the tails are about 1u2033 long.
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Elizabeth Farr is the author of the Elizabeth Made This blog, where she shares helpful sewing tips, step-by-step tutorials, and videos. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she enjoys playing and teaching violin, as well as spending time with her husband and kids playing a good strategic board game.
What can I do with a fabric panel?
15 Ways to Use Fabric Panels in Unusual Ways
- Use a fabric panel for the quilt center and add creative borders with easy blocks on one or two sides to keep it simple, as I did here in my quilt “Birds of a Feather.”
- Use a fabric panel for the quilt center and add creative borders with easy blocks on one or two sides to keep it simple.
Can you quilt without a sewing machine?
Fact: hand-sewing your quilt (or a smaller project like pillow tops and table runners) results in a soft finish that machines simply can’t match, and there’s nothing quite like the zen of sewing with needle and thread.
How do you square a quilt before adding borders?
- Place the quilt top on a cutting surface or any large table.
- Step 2: Place the Straight Edge Cutting Ruler. Place the ruler on the quilt top corner.
- Step 3: Use the Square Quilt Ruler.
- Step 4: Start Cutting.
- Step 5: Repeat the Process.
How wide should Binding be on a quilt?
Strip width can vary from 2″ to 2 1/2″ and even wider if you prefer a larger binding than the traditional 1/4″ width. Quilt binding strips are generally sewn together with a diagonal seam for the most inconspicuous joining.
What size is a panel of fabric?
Panels are available in two sizes: 24″ and 36″.
How many charm packs do you need for a baby quilt?
Charm Packs are a quick and easy way to make a simple baby quilt with a large variety of different but coordinated fabrics. To make a 42u2032u2032 x 42u2032u2032 charm pack baby quilt, you’ll need 64 5u2032u2032 squares u2013 usually 2 Charm Packs will suffice.