Learning how to quilt is a great skill for sewers to have — it really adds something special to everything from blankets to bags and cushions or even a hot water bottle cover. It may seem intimidating at first, but quilting is quite easy to do — but preparation is key. So, don’t be in a hurry, spend time getting the lines right and the rest will be a breeze.
If you’ve never quilted before, we suggest you start with something small, like this quilted teddy bear sleeping bag. It’s the perfect quilting project for beginners, and kids will love having a special place for their teddy to sleep.
Click here to get the step-by-step instructions for how to make the quilted teddy sleeping bag, then refer to this quilting tutorial when you’re ready to start quilting.
How to quilt
Step 1 — draw your lines
Using a quilter’s ruler and an air-erasable fabric pen or chalk pencil, rule a series of parallel lines, 2,5cm apart, across the main fabric.
Rule a second set of lines at right angles, so that the whole surface is covered with a diamond grid. If there are any, leave borders or patterns, like this bedtime parade, unstitched. Draw a line above and below the design and stitch along them both.
Step 2 — pin and quilt the fabric
Lay out the lining fabric with the right side facing downwards, then place the quilt wadding on top. Position the main fabric right side up on top of the wadding, lining up the corners. Insert rows of pin between the lines, in one direction only.
Using a thread that matches the fabric, stitch along the set of marked lines that lie between the pins. Remove the pins, then sew along the other lines. Trim the edges of the quilted fabric.
This step-by-step guide on how to quilt was taken from Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing(Quadrille Publishers).