How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

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How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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How To Attach Blanket Binding To A Quilt: 7 Easy DIY Steps

Learning how to attach blanket binding to a quilt can be a chore. Even so, if you are a sewing enthusiast and are interested in binding your quilt, it is possible in just seven steps.

Adding a matching blanket binding can accentuate your quilt and make it super chic and fabulous! It is also sure that your friends and family will be amazed that you can do such an exciting craft.

 

Steps In Attaching Blanket Binding To A Quilt

Before you start binding, you should first prepare the materials you will use.

  • First, you have to get your quilt ready. You should also have your blanket binding, which should measure 10 inches more than the sum of the lengths of the four sides of your quilt (note that the color should be coordinated).
  • Binder clips or straight pins
  • Fabric scissors, cutting mat, or rotary cutter
  • Quilter’s ruler
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • A sewing machine that can do zigzag stitches
  • Needles for the sewing machine that can handle thick materials

Now that all the things we need are ready, we can now start sewing.

Step #1. Fold the ends of your blanket binding meeting on another. You can notice that one edge is 1/4 inch shorter than the other. This should be on the right side of the quilt and should be facing up when you sew.

Now starting from the right, sandwich your quilt’s edges in the blanket binding. Use binder clips to hold things together — you wouldn’t want everything to get messed up as you sew. Stop a few inches from the corner.

Step #2. Set your sewing machine to a wide zigzag stitch mode. You can try stitching a scrap of fabric first to see if the size of the stitch is enough.

Step #3. Start stitching at the beginning of your binding, allowing the zigzag stitches to run on the edge of your binding. Be careful with operating the sewing machine as it may harm not only your craft but also your fingers — that hurts!

When you reach a few inches before the corner, stop sewing. We are about to do something else with the corners.

Step #4. Grab the unstitched blanket binding and create a mitered fold. Do this by folding it back over the next side you will sew. To know if you did it right, the other side should also have the same fold but facing the opposite direction.

By doing this, you can keep your material under the machine and work while you are on it. However, for easier folding, you can first do a backstitch and take it off the machine.

Step #5. With a binder clip or a straight pin, secure the fold you did on the last step and proceed with sewing. Run stitches on the fold allowing the edges to stick together.

Step #6. Carry on with the stitching until you finish all the edges. In case you run out of binding, you can add another one by laying it a little less an inch over the previous one.

Secure the new binding with the old one using a pin or a binder clip and continue sewing.

Step #7. Do the same with all the edges and corners until you are done. You can add a few slip stitches where you attach a new binding to secure — you know you can never be too sure in stitching.

Now that you have accomplished all the stitching and folding, your quilt’s edges are now bound!

 

Why bind a quilt?

Do you want your quilt to last longer? Then bind it! Binding makes your quilt sturdier to be used by you and even by your children.

Given that quilts are made up of two to three layers of fabric, there is a tendency of losing their layers, so binding the edges together is something you can do to prevent it. Blanket binding also adds a pop of color to your quilt. It makes your quilt stylish, giving off a less boring vibe than regular quilts.

 

How to properly care for a quilt?

Our gorgeous quilts should be kept in good condition. To do this, here are some tips.

  • Direct sunlight is not good for quilts. As much as possible, store them in a cool, dry place to prevent their material from fading.
  • Avoid frequent washing and use a gentle detergent. Though washing quilts is okay, it is better to vacuum them. It is also best to do air drying than throwing them into a dryer.
  • Check stored quilts regularly for infestations. Quilts stored in basements and attics are likely to be inhabited by rodents and insects, so it is essential to visit them often.

These tips will give you a good foundation in keeping your precious quilts in a condition that will last them a long time.

 

Conclusion

Quilts are indeed one of the treasures of our home. They are beautiful as they are, but mastering how to attach blanket binding to a quilt is another thing. A little improvement surely won’t hurt.

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