The Backing Fabric for your Quilt.

 

 

The Sew Simple...it's just Squares Tutorial so far has taught you how to make a Quilt using a very simple square design. There are three sizes of Quilt available for you to make. Depending on the particular sized Quilt you chose to make and have made the Quilt top for so far, this will determine the amount of fabric you will require for the back of your Quilt.

 

Quilting Fabric tends to all come in the same width on the bolt. The width of the quilting fabric including the selvenges is roughly 114cm wide. Using this width measurement you can work out how much fabric to purchase and use on the back of your Quilt, given the finished Quilt top's measurement.

 

If you chose a 'dark colour' for your backing fabric please pre-wash the fabric to ensure the colour does not run. Refer to the page, 'Washing Fabrics- Do I? or Don't I? for tips for washing the fabric.

 

As a rule the Backing Fabric should always be larger in size then the measurements of your Quilt top. I always make sure my backing fabrics is a good 5-6 inches longer and wider then actual finished Quilt top's measurements.  This way when the Quilt top is centred and placed on top of the backing fabric you have roughly a 2.5 inches -3 inches of extra fabric all around the outside on the backing fabric compared to the slightly smaller in size Quilt top.

 

The extra fabric on the backing fabric is needed because when you begin 'quilting' your Quilt be it on the sewing machine and/or by hand, the Quilt top will shrink in slightly. Once the quilting on the Quilt is finished, excess backing fabric and  Wadding is cut away. A thin strip of fabric is then sewn around the outside edged of the Quilt called the Binding to finish off the Quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baby Play Quilt finished size is roughly, 67 cm X 79 cm. 

 

You will need 80 cm of backing fabric. Cut the backing fabric to 80cm X 92 cm.

 

Now you are ready for 'Basting Your Quilt'.

 

Click on the button below to learn how to put the three layers of your Quilt together.

The Cot Quilt finished size is roughly, 81 cm X 92 cm.

 

You will need 94 cm of backing fabric. Cut the backing fabric to 94 cm X 105cm.

 

Now you are ready for 'Basting Your Quilt'.

 

Click on the button below to learn how to put the three layers of your Quilt together.

The Large Throw Quilts finished size is roughly, 116 cm X 126 cm.

 

You will need 170 cm of backing fabric. You will need to cut and piece your backing fabric together so that it is big enough to fit your Quilt Top. 

 

The following tutorial will provide you instructions on how to cut and piece the backing fabric together. 

 

Once your backing fabric is finished you can move on to the Basting Your Quilt Tutorial.

Fabric Requirements for the Backing for each Quilt in the 'Sew Simple...it's just Squares' Quilt Tutorial

Cutting and Piecing the Backing Fabric for a Large Throw Quilt

When the Quilt Top is larger then the width of the store bought quilting fabric (which is 114cm wide on the bolt) you will need to cut and piece the backing fabric together.

 

The following tutorial will show you how to cut and sew the backing fabric for the Large Throw Quilt in the 'Sew Simple...it's just Squares' Tutorial.

 

In general it is a good tutorial to read if you need to piece the backing fabric for any large Quilt. Please keep in mind that you will need to adjust measurements to suit your Quilt and its measurements. 

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1. Starting with the folded length of backing fabric (170cm).

 

Place the folded length of fabric, length wise on the ironing board.

 

Place the top left corner of your Quilt Top on top of the backing fabric. Position it as can be seen in the image 1. It needs to be a good 2.5-3 inches in from the edge of the backing fabric.

 

Why? The backing fabric needs to be larger in size then the Quilt Top. Here you are adding a little extra fabric at the sides and along the top and bottom of the backing fabric. 

 

Right now we are trying to work out where to make the first cut in out backing fabirc.

 

2. Shows the top of the Quilt sitting on top of the backing fabric on the ironing board.

3. Shows the right-hand corner of your Quit Top on top of your backing fabric.

 

Now this is important, see where the edge of your Quilt is, estimate roughly 2.5-3 inches and place a pin in the top of the folded piece of backing fabric. This is where you are going to cut the fabric.

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The digram below shows how the backing fabric will be pieced together.

4. Cut the backing fabric on the cutting mat using a rotary cutter & ruler. Line up the pin inserted in the fabric with one of the lines on your board. Remember to remove the pin before you cut.

5. Cut off one of the selveges on the backing fabric. You need to do this because you will need to sew a strip of fabric onto that side of the backing fabric to make it wider.

 

Fold the backing fabric together. 

6. Using the cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler, cut off the selvege.

 

Before you cut make sure the folded edge of  the fabric sits straight along one of the lines on your mat.

7. This diagram shows how your backing fabric will be pieced together, so that it is a sutiable size for Basting and Quilting.

 

The fabric you have just cut is a. Fabric a. is cut long enough to be the backing fabric, however is not wide enough.

 

So you will need to cut Fabric b1 & b2 and sew them together. You will also need to sew Fabric strip b to the side of Fabric a.

 

In Step 6, you cut off the selvege on the side of the Fabric a. this is the side where Fabric Strip b will be sewn onto Fabric piece a.

8. From the remaining backing fabric cut two, 6 inch strips.

9a. Cut off the selveges from both ends of the 6 inch strips.

 

9b. Pin the ends of the two strips and sew them together on the sewing machine.

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10a. Place the fabric strip just sewn on the ironing board. See the seam sticking up you need to press the seam 'open' with the iron.  See image 10b.

11. Lay the length of the backing fabric (which you prepared earlier) on the ironing board right-side facing up. 

 

Pin, the 6 inch strip of fabric to the backing fabric on the ironing board. Start at the very edge of the fabric, and pin to the very end of the backing fabric below.

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12.  The 6 inch fabric strip pinned at the end of the length of backing fabric which is underneath.

 

13. Cut off the excess fabric in line with the backing fabric. Sew the 6 inch strip of fabric to the backing fabric.

 

14a. The seam just sewn on the back will need to be pressed flat with the iron, as shown in image 14b.

 

15. This is how all the seam look on the right-side of the backing fabric when you are finished. 

When the backing fabric needs to be pieced so that it is big enough to accomodate the size of the Quilt Top, like we have done here it is always best to steer away from stripes and large prints in fabrics.

 

You may end up with stripes which go all directions and prints which are cut-off and don't match up neatlty once the backing fabric is cut up and sewn back together.

 

As long as your backing fabirc is larger being 'longer and wider' by at least 2.5 to 3 inches all around the outside compared to the size of the Quilt Top you have done it correctly. 

 

 

With the backing fabric prepared for the Large Throw Quilt, or the backing fabric cut for either of the other 'Sew Simple...it's just Squares!' Quilts. you are now ready to learn how to put the three layers of the Quilt together.

 

Click on the button below and it will take you to the tutorial- 

Basting Your Quilt.

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