Thursday, March 5, 2009

An Easy Tutorial

Our youth group at church has taken on the ambitious project of making 74 baby quilts for Humanitarian Aid. This is how we "bound" the quilts before they were tied. It's easy and fast.
#1 - lay out your batting.
#2 - Lay your top fabric face up on the batting.

#3 - Lay your bottom fabric face down on the top fabric. The two fabrics are facing each other - rights sides together.
#4 - I round the corners because it's easier to sew and looks nice.
#5 - Pin all the way around your quilt.
#6 - Sew through all three layers with a 1/2 inch seam making sure you don't have the writing on the selvage showing. Leave a 12 inch opening on the side for turning.
#7 - Trim the excess batting and fabric around the quilt leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
#8 - Turn the quilt right side out and smooth out side seams.
#9 - You can topstitch around the outside if you want (and sew the opening shut while you're at it) or you can just whipstitch the opening shut by hand.
Your quilt is ready to tie! We had 20 quilts laying out on the floor and the kids sat around them and tied. We got all 20 quilts done!

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