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How to Make a Simple Quilt

How to Make a Simple Quilt

Making a quilt is an easy and fun way to pass the time. When making a simple quilt, you can be as creative as you like, whether the quilt is for family, friends, or even yourself. For first-timers, just trying to make simple quilt might be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy to make your own. As long as you have basic skills in sewing, you are good to go. Follow these steps to learn how to make a simple quilt:

  1. Get all the supplies you will need:

    Medium rotary cutters

    Cutting mat

    Clear ruler

    Straight and safety pins

    Seam ripper

    Cotton thread of high quality

    Fabric (100% cotton or polyester)


    Sewing machine


    Quilt pattern

    Washable fabric pen

  2. Prewash your fabric to rinse out any excess dye since it might ruin your quilt after finishing it.

    Prewashing also removes dirt and grime.

  3. To make cutting easier, iron the fabric with it set to steam. You only have to iron the fabric for the front and back of the quilt; it is not necessary for the batting.

  4. Choose a quilt size and measure each individual piece. Remember to take into consideration seam allowance, which should be at least ¼ inch. Mark your measurements in the fabric with a washable fabric pen before cutting.

  5. Cut the quilt pieces. Lay the fabric on the cutting board and place a clear ruler on top. Use your rotary blade to cut along the marked lines.

  6. Lay down the quilt pieces in the pattern that you want. This will give you an overall picture of the quilt. Afterwards, stack up the pieces in rows and mark them accordingly so that you remember the arrangement.

  7. Begin sewing your quilt pieces by rows. Start by working at one end of your row with two fabric squares. Stack them with the pattern facing each other, and then use a straight stitch on your sewing machine to sew a ¼-inch inseam. Add the next square in the row to the one before it using the same process and continue until the squares are all sewn together in a long strip. Iron the rows.

  8. Using the same process as above, sew the rows together. Continue this with other rows until you have completed the front of your quilt. Iron it, making sure to flatten the inseams in opposite directions.

  9. Use the top of the quilt as a guide to cut your batting and backing. Make sure that it is slightly larger, around 2 to 3 inches, than your quilt front to allow for scrunching during the sewing process.

  10. Fasten or baste the quilt together with safety pins. First, lay down the back pattern side down, the batting, and then the quilt front pattern side up. Smooth out any wrinkles.

  11. Sew the layers together starting from the center of your quilt.

  12. Cut the binding, which is the fabric border that goes around the edge of the quilt to protect the seams and make it look polished. Cut out four pieces of fabric that are 2 ½ inches wide and as long as your quilt is (for a square quilt, all pieces will be the same length; for a rectangular quilt, two pieces will match the length of the quilt and two will match the width.) Sew the pieces together, fold the binding in half, and iron it.

  13. Pin the binding on top of the quilt along one side with the edges aligned. Sew it on and fold the binding to follow the edges of the quilt. Then, fold the binding over the edge of the quilt to the back of it. Turn the quilt over and sew the binding closed onto the quilt to finish it.

As long as you have some basic sewing skills, learning how to make a simple quilt with a simple pattern is quick and easy. Experiment with more patterns to get the hang of quilt-making.


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