Here is a quick and easy project that is sure to be a favorite with the little ones. Featuring Soft N Comfy fabric from JoAnn Fabrics which is sold off the bolt at 64" wide. One yard of Soft N Comfy can be cut into two pieces to make two blankies with this tutorial. If you decide to make one, be sure to use a coupon and save even more:)
For this project you will need:
30" x 36" Soft N Comfy fabric from JoAnn's
1 yard flannel - prewashed and ironed
1/3 yard cotton quilting fabric cut into (4) 2 1/2" strips
walking foot (suggested)painter's tape
curved safety pins
Finished size: 30" x 36"
Step 1: Tape flannel right side down to a hard surface such as a table top or floor. Be careful to secure fabric, but not to distort it in any direction.
Step 2: Place Soft N Comfy fabric right side up in the center of flannel. Secure with tape.
Step 3: Pin two layers together using curved safety pins. Place pins a hand's width apart and also pin along outside edge of Soft N Comfy fabric.
Step 4: Beginning at one edge of quilt, center walking foot between "bumps" and stitch a straight line to opposite edge of quilt. Take time to evenly feed the fabric as it passes under the needle.
Step 5: Stitch lines every four "bumps" till top is quilted.
Step 6: When sewing is completed, square up edges of quilt by trimming away excess fabric.
Step 7: Press binding strips and trim off selvedge edges.
Step 9: Place two strips right sides together like a plus sign and sew diagonally across the ironed crease, backstitching at both ends. Trim to a 1/4" seam allowance and press seams open.
Step 10: Fold binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Press. You may want to use spray starch for this step. Binding is now ready to be attached to the quilt.
Step 11: Pin raw edges of binding to raw edge of back of quilt. Begin pinning the first side with 8 inch tail left unattached.
Step 12: At end of the first side, place a pin 1/4" away from edge.
Step 13: Begin sewing a 1/4" seam leaving the first 8 inches of binding unattached. At end of side, pivot 1/4" from edge of fabric and sew to corner at angle.
Step 14: Fold binding, matching raw edges and pin down side two. Begin sewing at edge of top corner. At end of side, pivot 1/4" from edge of fabric and sew to corner at angle. Repeat process for remaining sides, stopping 8 inches from original starting point.
Step 15: Place beginning of binding (left side) in center of unsewn space and cut. Overlap right side of binding. Since we are using a 2 1/2" width of binding, we will measure a 2 1/2" overlap. Cut right side of binding.
Step 16: Place an "x" on the bottom edge of the left binding.
Step 18: Trim to a 1/4" seam allowance and press open. Press and finish attaching binding to quilt top.
Step 19: Fold binding to front of quilt and secure with pins or clips being careful to evenly distribute fabric on both sides of quilt. At corners, form a crease.
Step 20: An extra pin placed in corners will help hold binding in place.
Step 21: Carefully topstitch around perimeter of quilt with a narrow seam allowance. The photo above shows both front and back of quilt edges. As you can see, my stitching isn't totally perfect but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
May you always Sew in Peace!