EASY BABY / TODDLER BLANKET

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When I found out I was pregnant I was really excited to start making projects for our little one.  I decided that as we have each of our children I would make them each something special of their own to keep.  I decided that I would make each a small baby quilt and their blessing/ christening outfit.  I don’t expect them to keep the up-cycled baby leggings I’ve made out of old t-shirts or the burp rags I’ve made.  I figure that a quilt and a blessing outfit is something that they can keep to show their own children.

This quilt is a super easy project for a beginning quilter like me.  I didn’t expect perfection so I decided to try my hand at quilting it myself too.  It turned out great and has encouraged me to try more quilting projects.  Give it a shot.  There is no wrong way to do the stripes and is a great way to use a bunch of fun fabrics.  It is the perfect size for your baby or toddler and I know they will love snuggling up in something you made for them too.

I went to JoAnn’s a few days after I found out we were having a little boy. I found this fox fabric and fell in love with it right away.  I had no idea at the time what I was going to make with it but I bought 2 yards.  I loved the fabric so much that I decided that I would use it to make him a quilt.  We based the whole nursery color theme on the colors I used in the quilt, navy, orange, and grey.  I went back to JoAnns and found some coordinating fabrics. It doesn’t take much fabric and is fun to come up with a combination of fabrics.  I honestly just picked out a bunch of patterns that I liked and it all tied together so well. Plus I spent about $25 for the fabrics, bias tape, and batting using coupons.  Not bad for a baby quilt!

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Finished Dimensions: 42″ x 54″

You will need:

  • 42 x 60 of your quilt backing (I used the fox print, I like having a few extra inches to allow for some wiggle room while quilting)
  • Fabrics for Stripes all cut 42″ wide, (most fabrics come between 42″-45″ so you may have to trim a few)
    • Fox Print: 14″
    • Solid Navy: 14″
    • Grey Chevron: 7.5″
    • Solid Orange: 8.5″
    • Grey Stripe: 5.5″
    • Solid Grey: 6″
    • Orange Chevron: 7.5″
    • Navy / White Waves: 5″
  • Batting 42″ x 60″, I chose a lighter thickness and have been really happy with that
  • 2 packages Double Fold 1/2″ Bias Tape
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Step 1: Cut fabrics to desired dimensions

  • Back of Quilt Fabric (Foxes Print): 42″ X 60″
  • Foxes Print:  42″ x 7.5″ and 42″ x 6.5″
  • Navy Solid: 42″ x 3″, 42″ x 4.5″, 42″ x 6.5″
  • Grey Chevron: 42″ x 3″, 42″ x 4.5″
  • Orange Solid: 42″ x 5.5″, 42″ x 3″
  • Grey Stripe: 42″ x 5.5″
  • Grey Solid: 42″ x 3″,  42″ x 3″
  • Orange Chevron: 42″ x 3.5″, 42″ x 4″
  • Navy / White Waves: 42″ x 5″

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Step 2: Sew Stripes together

Place fabrics right side together and sew using 1/2″ seam allowances. Press seams open.  I don’t worry about finishing the seam with a serge or zig-zag stitch.  Just trim the long strings off.  Make sure you secure each end with a back stitch.  You don’t want to worry about your stitches unraveling. IMG_51391Continue to sew all stripes together using 1/2″ seams and pressing seams open.  If your prints are directional make sure your quilt is going the same direction.  Square quilt and straighten edges.

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Step 3: Sew Quilt Top to Quilt Back

Cut quilt back fabric 42″ x 60″ and batting 42″ x 60″. I do it a little longer because it’s always easier to trim it off than to try and make it longer.

Lay quilt back fabric right side down and lay as smooth as you can.  If you have a carpeted floor I always pin the corners of my quilt right into the carpet to keep it smooth and pulled tight.

Place batting on top of the quilt back. Lay quilt top on top of batting.  Because the batting and quilt back are a little longer line your quilt top up with the right edge, leaving the extra to the left. Pin quilt top in place, pinning every 6″-10″ along edge and throughout quilt. Brace yourself you are about to quilt your own quilt.

If you have a presser foot for your machine I would use it. If you don’t take the next little bit at a slower pace so you can ensure your fabric goes through the machine evenly.  Carefully pick up quilt.  Beginning at the far right edge sew along outside edge using 1/2″ seam. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

Next line the seam of your stripe up with your needle. Sew along seam, securing the beginning and end.

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Continue to sew along each seam, securing the beginning and end.  Be sure to remove your pins as you go.  As you get further towards the left side roll the part of the quilt you have already sewed so it fits under your machine.  After you have sewed all stripes sew along the edge of the left edge of the quilt 1/2″ seam allowance to hold the last stripe down.  Trim off any excess fabric and square the quilt edges.

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Step 4: Bind the Quilt

To bind the quilt I used 1/2″ Double fold bias tape. Leaving the bias tape folded iron the packaging wrinkles out. Sew the two pieces of bias tape together.

Fold open bias tape. Beginning along on one of the edges pin right side of bias tape to right side of the back of your quilt. Sew along the right fold as shown below.  As you come to the end trim bias tape and fold edge so that it will hide the raw edges.

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Fold bias along the left fold. Fold again along where you just sewed wrapping the folded bias tape – along the middle fold – around the quilt edge. this should leave 1/2″ on the quilt back, and a folded 1/2″ along the quilt top.

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Pin bias tape in place on the quilt top. Sew along folded edge. You don’t need to worry about catching the edge of your back bias tape because you already sewed it in place, but you probably will sew it in place too. Make sure to secure your stitches.

That’s it! You made it through the baby quilt! Now snuggle that little one up in their new blanket.

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Enjoy!

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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