Skill Level: You will need to know how to cut fabrics using a Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat and Ruler. Sew a straight stitch on the sewing machine. You will learn how to sew strips of fabric on the sewing machine, how to baste a quilt, bind a quilt, ditch quilt on the sewing machine and hand quilt around a shape.

I believe in Rainbows. Make a wish! Quilt Tutorial



This Quilt was designed for The Handmade with Love Project. You can 'make and donate' this Quilt to a sick child at the Children's Hospital. Allow them the opportunity to believe in Rainbows and make a little wish today.

Finished Size: 53cm X 65 cm 

This Quilt can be used as a Bassinet Quilt for a newborn baby, Play Quilt or colourful Pram Quilt.

Fabric Requirements


The content and/or images from this page are to be used for a personal nature only.


Items created from the I believe in Rainbows Quilt Pattern & Tutorial are not to be mass produced and sold for personal gain in any way. 



Rainbow Facts


Rainbows are simply beautiful multicoloured arcs of light in the sky. Rainbows occur when it's both raining and the sun is shining simultaneously. 


Our sun gives off light, which we see as 'white light'. But in fact, it isn't actually white at all, it is actually numerous different colour wavelengths. The main colours it gives off are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. 


The belief that there is a 'pot of gold' at the end of the Rainbow is well known. It is a lovely idea that Rainbows are magical and special when they appear. 


You will need 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric. Quilt fabric on the bolt is generally 144cm wide, however with different brands they can vary slightly but only by a few cms. Please do not worry if the width of your fabric strips vary in length for this project.


You will need 10 coloured strips of fabric cut the width of the quilting fabric (selvege to selvege), 3 inches.


Once cut match the selveges of your 3 inch strip and cut the the strip in half. A single half width, is the length you will need for each strip of colour in this Quilt. (The remaining half of the strip can be used to make another Quilt if you like.)  OR


You will need 10 coloured strips of fabric 3 inches X 21 inches.


The colours in the Quilt should vary from the darker blues to lighter blues, darker greens to lighter greens, purples to pinks, red, oranges and yellow. Use the photograph of the finished Quilt pictured above as a guide when you are choosing your colours. 


You will also need a small amount of fabric for the Bunting (little flags) in the Quilt. You will need 7 different pieces of fabric 3 1/2 inches X 5 inches.


Backing Fabric: 59cm X 70cm  Binding: 28cm of fabric.

Wadding: 59cm X 70cm

Additional Requirements

A Cutting Mat, Rotary Cutter and Quilter's Ruler for cutting. 


Tracing paper, cardboard or thin see-through plastic to transfer the 'triangle pattern' onto, for cutting the triangles for the bunting. 


White DMC Embroidery Cotton for hand quilting the clouds on the Quilt.


An Embroidery Needle




A Sewing Machine with a neutral colour cotton e.g. beige, to piece the Quilt together. A cotton thread which matches the colour you choose for the binding fabric for sewing the binding on the Quilt.


A water soulable pen or chalk for marking the cloud designs on the Quilt for hand quilting. 


Lead Pencil, Dress makers scissors, Iron and Ironong Board. 

Cutting the Fabric for the Quilt.

Cutting the coloured Fabric Strips.


Cut 10 coloured, 3 inch strips of fabric the width of the quilting fabric. Match up the ends of the strips and cut each strip in half at the fold. Keep one half and pop the other strip aside as it will not be required.


Arrange your coloured strips in the order they will be sewn. Refer to Image 1 for ideas for the colour strip's placement.

Cutting the Bunting for the Quilt ,click here to get the




Trace the Triangle Pattern on the Pattern Sheet onto tracing paper. Carefully cut out the triangle and glue it onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out the triangle again which is now backed with cardboard. OR Use a clear thin piece of plastic to trace the traingle pattern onto, cut out the triangle shape and use it as a template for cutting your triangles.

Each piece of fabric you have chosen for the flags is 3 1/2 inches X 5 inches.


To cut one triangular piece, fold the fabric piece and place your triangle template on top. The height of your triangle is 3 1/2 inches and it will sit perfectly on the piece of folded fabric whcih is also 3 1/2 inches in height.


Carefully place your ruler on top of the triangle template and fabric, and cut each side of the triangle using the rotary cutter.


You should now have cut two idential traingles. Repeat this step to cut all your triangular flags for the Bunting on the Quilt. See image 2.




Sewing the Bunting Flags for the Quilt 




3. To make a one triangle flag, place the two sides of the triangle right sides together and pin to secure.


4 & 5. Using a 1/4 inch seam on the sewing machine, sew the two sides of the triangle. Begin sewing from the top down to the point of the triangle, then sew from the point to the top of the triangle. Do not sew the top of the triangle as it needs to be open for turning.

6. At the point on the triangle trim excess fabric using your scissors.


7. Turn the triangular flag to its right side and press with the iron.


8. Finish making the remaining bunting flags for the Quilt in exactly the same manner.



Piecing the Quilt Together

This Quilt is very simple to piece together as all you need to do is sew strips of fabric together, and on two of the rows sew in some triangular flags. Which when sewn all together look like Bunting.


9. The Quilt is made up of ten, 3 inch strips of fabric. To begin lay your 10 strips on the ironing board in the colour order to which they will be sewn.


Lay the strips so that the ends of the fabric on the left hand side all start at the same point. This can be seen in image 9 below.




10. Image 10, shows you how the fabrics look on right hand side. As you can see they are uneven in length. Don't panic! Different brands of quilting fabric have different selvege widths and some might be .5 -1 or more cm shorter or longer.


In my group of fabric strips what I do want you to notice is the smallest one(s) in the group. In image 10, I have placed a black dot on my shortest fabric strips (just to show you). When you sew these strips together you need to make sure the smaller strips are evenly space and centred in relation to the longer fabric strips in the Quilt. What I am trying to explain here will make more sence as we sew the Quilt together.



14. The bunting flags will be sewn into the third and fourth rows on the Quilt. Take the seven triangles and decide on which rows, and in which order they will be sewn into the Quilt.


Image 14a & 14b, shows my triangles tucked underneath rows three and four, and the order in which they will appear on the finished Quilt. 



11. To begin seperate your fabrics so that you are only focusing on the first four rows. 


12. Starting at what will be the bottom of the Quilt, place the first two rows right sides together, pin along the length of the fabric strips at the top. Sew the two strips together using 1/4 inch seam on the sewing machine.


13a & 13b. Place the two rows sewn together face down on the ironing board. See the seam sticking up, press it flat with the iron so the entire seam sits the same direction.


Image 13b. shows the seam pressed towards what will be the top of the Quilt. From now on all seams sewn must be pressed with the iron in the same diecrtion.


13c. This image shows how the seam just sewn looks on the right side of the Quilt.






15. The flags in each row need to be evenly spaced across the length of fabric strips three and four. More importantly you need to make sure the flags are not positioned too closely to the ends of the Quilt.


Once all the fabric strips on the Quilt have been sewn together you will trim either side of the Quilt to make it straight. With this in mind if a flag is positioned too close to the side of the Quilt it will be cut off. Also keep in mind if one of the fabric strips in the rows is shorter in relation to the other fabric strips it will need to be centred when it is pinned to the fabric strips. 

15a & 15b. Shows the flags evenly spaced out across the length of the fabric strip. Not too close to either end of the Quilt.


16. Once you are happy with the flag arrangement on the second row, with right sides together place the third fabric strip on top. Pin along the top of the row with the flags 'sandwiched' inbetween. Sew the fabric strips on the sewing machine.




17. Press the seam on the back of the Quilt with the iron so that it faces the same direction as the seam below.


The seam below was pressed towards to top of the Quilt, so should the one just sewn. Image 17 shows how the flags just sewn into the row look on the right side of the Quilt.


18. Position the flags for the next row making sure they are evenly spaced.

19a, 19b, 19c & 19d. In point 10, I mentioned the delemma when the strips are slightly different lengths. The fourth fabric strip on my Quilt was one of my shortest.


Image 19a, shows if I place it on top of the next row to be sewn at the beginning, it will be too short (see image 19b) at the other end. 


Image 19c, show where I chose to begin pinning the row a little way in from the edge, and image 19d shows where it ends on the other side. This is a much better placement for this fabric strip on the Quilt. If any of your fabric strips are shorter like mine, remember to centre the shorter fabric strip in relaton to the longer fabric strips.







20. Position and pin the fourth fabric strip with the flags 'sandwiched' inbetween and sew the strip on the sewing machine. 


21. Press the seam sewn with the iron in the same direction as the other seams on the Quilt. 


22. This is how the Quilt looks now on the right side with all the flags sewn into position.




23. Pin and sew the remaining fabric strips on the Quilt. Remember to centre shorter strips and press the seams sewn all in the same direction. Image 22 shows the finished Quilt Top. 



In image 23. you can see how uneven the sides of the finished Quilt Top are. The sides of the Quilt will need to be cut using a rotary cutter, quilters ruler and cutting mat to be straigtened.



24a. Place the bottom left side of the Quilt Top on top of your cutting mat. 


24b. Line up the side of the Quilt so that it sits straight, in line with one of the lines on your cutting mat. Place your ruler in line with the line on the mat. You are going to cut off the selvege ends and uneven ends of the Quilt Top.

24c. Carefully cut the left side using your rotary cutter. If your Quilt Top is larger then your cutting mat, cut the bottom then re-position the top of the Quilt to cut the top half of the Quilt.

Congratulations, you have now finshed your Quilt Top.

With your Quilt Top finished you are now ready to Baste the Quilt. On this Website there is a step by step tutorial to help you baste the three layers of your Quilt together. Click on the link below to learn how to baste a Quilt.

Basting the Quilt

The finished Quilt Top

Quilting the I beleive in Rainbows. Make a wish! Quilt

Basitng the Quilt

Once you have basted the Quilt you are ready to machine quilt and hand quilt the Quilt. The first type of quilting you will do on the Quilt is called 'Ditch Quilting'. You will use your sewing machine to quilt along each of the horizonal ones on the Quilt.


There is a Ditch Quilting Tutorial on this website which will show you step by step how to machine quilt your Quilt in the 'Ditch'. Click on the link on the right and it will take you to the Tutorial. 

The images below show examples of Ditch Quilting done on the Rainbow Quilt. a. The machine needle sit in the middle of the seam being sewn. b. This is how it looks on the front when it is finished. c. This is how it looks on the back of the Quilt when it is finished.








d. Ditch Quilting over the top of one of the flags. e. Ditch Quilting on the seam below one of the flags. Remember to lift the flags out of the way when you sew. f. The finished Quilt Top after machine Ditch Quilting.

Once the machine quilting is finished, it is time to hand quilt some clouds onto the Quilt.


Trace the three cloud sizes on the Pattern Sheet onto tracing paper or baking paper and cut them out. You will be pinning each cloud to the Quilt OR tracing each cloud design onto the Quilt using chalk or a water soluable pen, and then hand quilting the cloud.


On this website there is a Tutorial which teaches you step by step how to hand quilt. Click on the link above to learn how to hand quilt the clouds on the Quilt.


g. Prepare the Quilt for hand quilting. Decide where you want each quilted cloud design to be on your Quilt. Pin the paper cloud patterns to the Quilt and either trace around the design to be quilted or leave it pinned to the Quilt while you hand quilt. h. The Quilt in a hoop while it is being hand quilted. i. & j. The finished hand quilted clouds. 



Binding the Quilt

With the quilting on the Quilt finished the last thing to do is sew the Binding onto the Quilt.


To cut the Binding for the Quilt take the 28 cm piece of fabric and cut it into three, 3 1/2 inch strips.


One of the strips of fabric will be cut in half and become the top and bottom for the binding. The remaining two strips will go on the remianing two sides of the Quilt.


There is a Tutorial in this Website whcih will show you how to create and sew on the Binding with your sewing machine, and then finish off the Binding with hand stitching. 


Click on the button below to learn how to make the Binding for the Quilt. Once this is done the Quilt is finished! 

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