Hand made baby quilt

I always like to offer handmade gifts for birthdays, Christmas, christenings, newborns. I think that a gift made with love is always special. The problem with me is that I am not very organized so my gifts are always a bit late!!!

In August we welcomed a new member in our family. Our cousin “A” gave birth to a beautiful baby girl “M”. One of the reasons that I haven’t prepared anything before her birth is that we did not know if the baby was a boy or a girl. Then it was the Summer holidays, then it was the anticlimax after the Summer holidays and so on…. I kept postponing the project.

Well, now two and half months later “M” is going to receive her gift and I am ready to share the “how to do” with you.

Supplies

  • 2 pieces of white cotton fabric 90cm x 110cm each (front and backing)
  • white cotton fabric for the binding
  • 1 piece of quilt wadding 90cm x 110cm
  • embroidery floss in a variety of colours
  • embroidery needle, pins and safety pins
  • sewing machine

Method

Prewash and iron your cotton fabric.

Sandwich the wadding between the two pieces of your white fabric, the front and the backing.

Pin the three layers together (you can use safety pins as well). Starting from the center outwards as you pin.

Sew diagonally starting from the center towards the four corners. Then sew the straight lines as you like.

Once your quilting is done you can start the embroidery. I made 4 sets of 5 lines in 5 different colours using a simple basting stitch.

Once this is finished it is time for the binding. The binding is a border of fabric that goes around the edge of your quilt and adds a more finished look.

Cut strips of fabric 15cm wide and long enough to go around the entire perimeter of your quilt.

You can cut several pieces and join them.

Press the binding lengthwise (so now you have a 7,5cm wide strip).

Pin and then sew this strip with your sewing machine around the quilt matching the raw edges of the strip with the raw edges of your three layers in the front.

Then turn the binding on the wrong side of the quilt and hand stitch it.

Your quilt is ready. Wash it and enjoy it!

Published on Wednesday 21st of October 2015
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Christiana Anastassiou