I’m not much of a quilter. OK, I’m not even sort of a quilter-it’s not really my thing. But I like to make these cute little baby blankets that are sort of, barely quilts. This is a very easy project and a good way to get started quilting or just sewing. It’s an Easy Baby Blanket Tutorial:
It’s pretty cute huh? It’s really pretty easy too-nothing but straight lines. I’ve made lots of these kinds of blankets but never with a charm pack and that cut down on lots of time!
Easy Baby Blanket Tutorial:
1 Charm pack (a charm pack is a set of coordinating fabrics that are already cut into 5 inch squares) (Mine is Apple Jack by Moda)
OR any fabric you want cut up into 5 inch squares (you can pick your own and do the cutting with a rotary cutter which is what I have always done in the past.
About 1 yard of soft fabric for the bottom. I used minky dots but any soft fabric will work.
Embroidery floss and quilting needle for tying it at the end
1. Assuming you have all of your squares cut and ready, you will need to lay them out and decide on the pattern you want them in. How many squares you have is up to you. This charm pack came with 42 square so the quilt is 6 rows by 7 rows.
2. Now you are going to start by sewing your rows together. So, start with your top row, put right sides of 2 squares together and sew them to each other using a 1/4 inch seam:
So that they look like this when you open them:
Just keep doing that with each square for your row until you have the row completed. Then set it aside and start the next row and do this to each of your rows.
3. Once you have all of your rows done, press them so they are nice and smooth. Now you are going to sew the rows to each other. Pin 1 row to the next by putting right sides together and matching up the seams. I pin them at each seam all the way down so there will be 7 pins:
You want to be sure that your seams from one row are matching up with the seams from the other row as much as possible:
Now sew one row to the next:
Do that with all of your rows until you have a full blanket top. Press again.
4. Now grab your minky dots fabric or whatever fabric you have for he bottom and cut it to the same size as your quilt top. With right sides together sew the minky fabric to the quilt top all around the outside edges leaving an opening of about 4 inches to turn it right side out. Turn it right side out and then top stitch all the way around the outside (this will also close your opening-make sure to fold it under nicely before you top stitch over it).
5. Thread a quilting needle with embroidery thread:
And on the corners go down through the top:
back up through the bottom and tie a square knot. I usually do this on every other 4 corner spot.
And that’s it! Not too hard!