How To Make A Fleece Quillow Combo Blanket Pillow

It only takes three steps to learn how to make a fleece quillow combo blanket pillow, even without much sewing experience. For this project, you will only need two yards each of flannel and fleece, and your quillow will be ready in no time. But while you can hand-sew the project, it will be more convenient to use a sewing machine because of its size. 

This project is essentially a cozier form of the quillow, a blanket that can turn into a pillow. You used fleece and flannel to make the blanket and pillow feel more luxurious. And if you’re new to this innovative product, here is how a quillow folds into a pillow

 

How To Make A Fleece Quillow Combo Blanket Pillow

How To Sew A Fleece Quillow Combo Blanket Pillow

 

Step 1. Prepare your fleece and flannel

To make a quillow, you will need two yards each for your chosen flannel and fleece fabrics. It’s best to have a solid color for the fleece and a printed fabric for the flannel. Once you have these materials, cut off the selvage edges to prevent fraying. 

Cut lengthwise strips from your flannel and fleece fabrics around 16 inches long. Then, cut two squares to make the quillow’s packet. What you’re left with are two fabric pieces measuring 56 inches long and around 40 inches wide to make the rest of the combo blanket pillow. 

 

Step 2. Sew the pillow pocket and make the quilt

Make the pillow pocket by placing the two squares with their right sides together. Sew all around except for the opening side, making sure you’re also using a ¼-inch seam allowance. You don’t have to topstitch the pocket, but remember to turn and sew the opening close. 

You’ll also place the fleece and flannel fabric pieces with their right sides together for the quilt. Use the same 1/4 -inch seam allowance and sew all around, except for one side to turn. Then, topstitch the quilt to finish it, and you’re ready to construct the quillow in the final step. 

 

Step 3. Finish the fleece quillow combo blanket pillow

Place the pillow pocket you made earlier in the bottom flannel and check if it’s centered. Then, leave one side open and sew all the other sides to secure the pocket in place. While it’s self-explanatory, please keep in mind that the pocket side is the one closest to the center, and you must never sew it shut. 

Your fleece quillow is now done, and what’s left is folding it to turn the blanket into a pillow. To do this, place the flannel side down and fold one side over. Repeat on the other side to the top and fold down to reach the pillow pocket. 

After three folds, the blanket should be inside the pocket. You only need to grab its interior to turn the blanket inside out. Once you have the pillow, fluff it a bit, and it’s ready to use.

 

How Many Yards Of Fabric Do I Need For A Quillow?

The amount of fabric to make a quillow will depend on the user. Typically, you will need two yards for each fabric piece to create a quillow for an adult. It’s also better to allocate at least half a yard of allowance. 

For smaller quillows that are the size of a baby blanket, you will need one and a half yards for each fabric. This yardage is enough to produce a 36 by 44-inch crib baby blanket with the remaining material for the pillow. To get better at estimating, check our guide on how many yards of fabric to make a blanket

 

What fabric to use for making a quillow

Fleece and flannel materials are best for a quillow combo because they feel cozy and warm. However, any soft and comfortable fabric should work, especially if you want to use the quillow for a baby. For example, cotton fabric is excellent since it’s breathable and non-irritating. 

You also want to use materials that are easy to maintain if you bring the quillow frequently for travel. Some people opt for vinyl on one side to make the quillow sturdy and waterproof for picnics. This way, it’s easier to wash off the dirt on the quillow. 

 

What Size Is A Quillow?

A quillow blanket has no standard size because the resulting dimensions depend on the material yardage you want to use. Some fleece blanket pillows are 40 to 42 inches wide and 56 inches long. Just remember to use enough fabric to cover the person who will use it.

 

How Do You Make A Fleece Blanket Quilt?

Did you know that tying or braiding a fleece blanket is not the only easy technique you can do to make one? You can also sew several fleece squares to make a fleece blanket quilt. Just start with the pattern you want to create by arranging the fleece squares on the surface.

 

  1. Take two squares and place them on top of each other with their edges aligned
  2. Sew around the fleece with your preferred seam allowance
  3. Sew all the other squares to finish the row and repeat until you finish several rows according to your desired quilt size
  4. Sew the rows together using their seam allowance

 

Conclusion

Fleece makes a perfect blanket, but it can also be a cozy pillow. A quick recap on this guide for how to make a fleece quillow combo blanket pillow is to prepare two fabric pieces to make the blanket and pillow pocket. Sew the pocket onto the blanket, and you got yourself a quillow. 

Fleece and flannel are perfect for this project, and you only need three folds to turn it into a pillow. So what are you waiting for? Make yourself a two-in-one quillow ASAP! 

 

how to machine quilt a baby blanket

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.

 

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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