Confession: I love quilts. A lot. And I love to make them. The problem? I’m not particularly great at them. I’m still a student when it comes to sewing. Most likely, I always will be! Even though my execution isn’t perfect, I enjoy sharing my methods. So today I have a really fun and easy tutorial for a striped self-binding crib size quilt.
It all started when Hawthorne Fabrics announced their Black Friday sale. They had Amy Butler organic cottons discounted, and I could not resist snatching them up! I mean, Charlie only has two mama-made quilts at this point, she was obviously in dire need of another 😉 I tell you, I’m putty in the hands of beautiful fabric. Anyway, I pinned what I thought was a tutorial for a simple line quilt, but whenever I followed through to the link it gave me a warning of a redirect to a questionable website. I’m not sure if it was real or not, but I decided to forgo their tutorial in favor of my own!
In only four hours and about 40 bucks (I told you, pretty fabric turns me to jelly) I had a lovely little quilt to give Miss Charlie for Christmas! Want to see how easy it is to make your own? Here it is!
• 1/2 yard of 4 coordinating fabrics, 45″ wide
• 2 yards of flannel fabric for backing in a coordinating color, 45″ wide
• crib size quilt batting
• quilting notions (thread, sewing machine, pins, ets)
Step 1 – Cut fabrics into four 6″ wide strips, 45″ long
I decided to lay out my pattern in three sections of the 4 fabrics. You can line them up randomly if you wish.
Step 2 – Stack ’em up in order
Starting from the top, stack up your rows so they’re easy to sew together.
Step 3 – Sew your top together with a 1/2″ seam
Make sure you line up your edges properly, or you’ll get a wonky top like mine. If your fabrics are all 45″ this should be easy. Sewing the 1/2″ seam will give you twelve 5″ strips, making for a 60″ long quilt that’s perfect for the crib batting.
Step 4 – Lay your backing on the top, right sides together
I chose a bright, cheery yellow flannel for the backing so it’s soft and snuggly. I laid the backing down straight on top of my quilt top and smoothed the edges. See?
Step 5 – Add your batting on top of the backing and pin like crazy
I lined up the batting on top of the backing and smoothed it out. Pin around your edges.
Step 6 – Sew a 1/2″ seam around all edges, leaving a 6″ opening to turn your quilt
Sew all three layers of the quilt together, leaving an opening to flip it inside out. My least favorite part of quilting is the binding. This way, I get to skip out on binding! I’ll probably do this for every quilt from now on, I love it that much.
Step 7 – Flip your quilt right-side out and sew a 1/4″ top seam
The top seam will keep your layers in place and close up that gap at the bottom. I had some problems lining everything up from the get-go, so you can see that my quilt has wavy edges. I decided this wasn’t a big enough deal to rip out and fix. It still looks really cute, and you don’t even notice if it’s folded or in use. Only when it lays flat, which will rarely ever happen anyway!
Step 8 – Quilting
There are literally endless options when it comes to quilting, but I decided to keep it simple. I quilted a line 1/2″ from both sides of every seam. This keeps it in place without giving me too many chances to mess it all up! I still had some puckers here and there, but not nearly as many as I’ve had in the past. Overall I’m really happy with this quilt and am looking forward to making another just like it! I’ll have to give it away to one of the many lady babies I know
The “problem” with Hawthorne is that I only had the option to buy fabric in 1 yard increments, so I have exactly enough to make a whole matching quilt! All I’ll need to do is pick up some more batting and backing. Maybe I’ll get wild and crazy and change up the yellow. Who knows. At least I’ll be getting more quilting practice!