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    Patchwork quilt for a child

    Patchwork quilt for a child

    If you have a small kid or are expecting one and love sewing, this tutorial is for you. Using only natural fabrics, you can decorate a child’s bed with a patchwork quilt of your own making. Haven't tried patchwork quilting yet? Now is the right time! To create a simple quilt block, you’ll need scraps of bright-colored fabrics and a sewing machine. Let’s go!

    Patchwork quilt for a child. Materials

    For this patchwork quilt, I’ve bought a ready set of fabrics with batik print and a piece of sole-colored backing fabric. There were 40 squares in the bundle, size 12.5x12.5 cm.

    Many-colored fabric bundle for patchwork

    You may cut your own squares or buy a ready fabric set, as I did.

    To make the quilt warmer and puffier, you’ll need a thing called quilt batting, designed specifically for this purpose. It is usually made of cotton, bamboo, wool, or their combinations.

    You’ll also need some lining fabric. As you’re making a kid’s quilt, this fabric ought to be natural. Cotton, calico or lightweight calico will do splendidly.

    Patchwork quilt for a child. Cutting

    For a patchwork quilt, cut the same number of squares out of your sole-colored backing fabric. Place the squares by pairs with their right sides together, a bright-colored plus a sole-colored one. Draw the lines on the sides to mark the seam allowance. In my bundle, the size of the squares didn't ideally correspond to the one I needed. So I drew two parallel lines at a distance of 11.5 cm. That would mark the width of the ready square. Done that? Pin the pieces together.

    Sewing ruler on fabric

    Pink fabric, sewing ruler and embroidery pen

    Many-colored square pieces of fabric with pins

    Patchwork quilt for a child. Joining the pieces

    Stitch along the lines on the right and of the left.

    Apricot-colored square of fabric under presser foot

    Many-colored square pieces of fabric stitched

    Repeat with the top and the bottom of the square. Press the seam allowances.

    Sewing ruler on piece of fabric with print

    Apricot-colored piece of fabric wrong side

    Now draw the diagonal lines from one corner to the other. Cut the squares along those lines.

    Diagonal lines on the square piece of fabric

    Square pieces of fabric with diagonal lines on them

    Join these smaller pieces by pairs, their right sides together. This is the most interesting part; you can “play” with the squares and create various combinations. Remember the kaleidoscope you’ve probably had in your childhood. Choose your pattern, arrange the blocks and pin them together so as not to mess up the whole thing. Baste them together and press the seam allowances. 

    Multi-colored triangular pieces of fabric

    Multi-colored triangular pieces for patchwork quilt

    Lay the resulting short strips of fabrics together and sew them to each other. While arranging the pieces, position them so that their seam allowances are oriented in different directions, thus “locking” them. Having sewn the pieces together, unstitch the fabric near the “lock” and press the seam allowance open (see in the photo below).

    Blue and yellow triangular pieces of fabric arranged into a square

    Yellow and green triangular pieces of fabric stitched together

    In our future tutorial, we’ll tell you how to arrange the quilt blocks into a ready quilt.

    Patchwork quilt

    Original text by Irina Lisitsa

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