Simple Bassinet Quilt Tutorial
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Skill Level: You will need to know how to work a 'straight stitch' on a sewing machine and there is some hand stitching involved. It is a good Quilt for a beginner as it teaches how to piece a quilt togther, simple applique techniques and basic quilting.
If you are planning on making a newborn baby their first Quilt, a Bassinet sized quilt is a good size to make. A Bassinet is usually a baby's first bed. With this in mind I wouldn't recommend actualy 'using' the Quilt for a sleeping baby because it raises the risk of SIDS. Sorry for being so practical!
You can still make a beautiful handmade Bassinet Quilt. It can be used in the nursery to decorate a chair or use it to put on the baby tp keep them warm while you give the baby a cuddle. The Quilt can be used as a Play Quilt, going out in the Pram Quilt or use it as a special Quilt for a baby's Christening.
I currently have two Bassinet Quilt Kits available which you can be made with this Tutorial. Little Boy Blue for a Baby Boy and Pretty in Pink for a Baby Girl. If you are interested in purchasing a Kits you will find all the information about what is included in each Kit in the following link-
Finished Size: 64.5 cm X 76 cm
Pretty In Pink Quilt Kit
Little Boy Blue Quilt Kit
All fabric used in the making of this Quilt is 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric
* Twenty, 5 1/2 ich squares
* For the Little Boy Blue Quilt- Four, 5 inch squares of fabric to use to make the applique stars on the quilt. OR
* For the Pretty In Pink Quilt- Five, 5 inch squares of fabric to use to make the applique hearts on the quilt.
* Three, 3 inch fabric strips ( cut the width of Quilting Fabric -selvege to selvage) for the border on the quilt.
* Four, 3 inch strips ( cut the width of Quilting Fabric -selvege to selvage) for the Binding on the quilt.
* A 74cm X 88 cm piece of fabric for the Backing on the quilt.
* Fusable Webbing enough for the four appliqued Stars on the Little Boy Blue Quilt OR, enough for the five appliqued Hearts on the Pretty In Pink Quilt. Use the pattern sheet to work out the amount required as the Star & Heart Shapes are to scale.
* DMC Embroidery Thread to use for Blanket-Stitching around the appliqued Stars or Hearts, and for hand-quilting.
* A piece of Batting 74 cm X 88 cm (the fluffy stuff that goes inside the Quilt.
* An Embroidery Needle
You will need: A sewing machine with machine thread to piece the quilt, off white or a cream colour is fine.
A blue cotton thread for 'quilting' the Quilt and for hand-sewing on the Binding on the Little Boy Blue Quilt OR A pale pink cotton thread for 'quilting' the Quilt and for hand-sewing on the Binding on the Pretty In Pink Quilt.
A lead pencil, dress-making scissors. An iron and ironing board.
A cutting mat, rotary cutter and quilter's ruler will be needed for cutting.
Optional Requirement: Quilters Muslin (cream or white) for lining only the 5 1/2 inch squares which are light in colour.
Why you may need to 'line' some of the squares on your Quilt!
Image 1, shows a 5 1/2 inch square without lining. Note that it is quite see-through.
Image 2 show the Quilters Muslin cut to exactly the same size 5 1/2 inch square.
In Image 3, it is placed behind the quilt fabric and is not seen.
When you line the lighter colour squares on your Quilt, the sewn seams on the Quilt will not be seen through the fabric on the front of the Quilt when it is finished.
Before you start, think!
How do you want your Quilt to look?
Where do you want your applique hearts or stars,
to be on the Quilt?
If you are using one of my Quilt Kits, use the photograph of the Quilt as a guide for your squares plaement.
On the floor lay out your twenty, 5 1/2 inch squares in five rows of four squares.
Feel free to create your own arrangement or add some of your own fabrics.
If you are using your own fabric squares, get creative!
Make up your own arrangement, on the floor lay out your twenty, 5 1/2 inch squares in five rows of four squares.
Out of the 20 squares you will need to think about which squares will be the ones to have your applique shapes on. Your applique squares should not have a busy background design, a simple plan background fabric will be fine.
Once you have decided on the square's placement for the Quilt, can I suggest you take a photo of it. I live in a house with children constantly running indoors, too many times have I seen my quilt squares placement go flying out the door.
A 'live & learn' moment!
Making an Applique Shape
using Fusible Webbing
Fusible Webbing (sometimes called Visoflex) is a man made fiber that will melt when heated with an iron. When it is placed between two pieces of fabric, the melting action of the web causes it to fuse the fabric together.
Fusible Webbing has two sides, one feels like paper the other has a rough texture, this is the glue. Never let your iron come into direct contact with this side!
On the pattern sheet you have the choice of a star or heart. Just as an example I have chosen the heart shape.
a. Trace the heart on the pattern sheet onto the paper-side of the fusible webbing.
b. Cut out the heart not on the drawn line but a good 1/4 inch away from the drawn line.
c. Select one of your chosen 5 inch applique squares and place it face down on the ironing board. Place the rough side of the paper (this is the side that sticks) heart on top of the reverse side of the selected fabric square.
d. Press with a dry hot iron for 10 seconds. Make sure you press the entire shape.
e. When the fabric is cooled cut out the heart shape directly on the drawn line. Remove the backing paper on the shape.
f & g . Now take your nominated 5 1/2 inch quilt top square and position the heart in the centre of the square. Press with the iron for 10-20 seconds until the heart is secured to the fabric.
Prepare all your remaining applique squares for your Quilt in exactly the same manner.
around the Fabric Shape
To ensure the heart shape will stay in position over time, the heart will need to be Blanket Stitched to the fabric.
The following link will take you to a slide show tutorial which will show you how to Blanket Stitch your applique shape.
Number your rows 1-5 and starting at the top of the Quilt, moving left to right pick up your squares and put them somewhere safe until it it time to piece the quilt together. Now before you tuck them away pull out your squares which are going to be for the applique shapes. You are going make your shapes press them onto each square and blanket-stitch each square before the quilt top is pieced together.'
Once your applique sqaures have been Blanket-Stitched your are ready to put the Quilt together. Let's get sewing!
Piecing the Quilt Top Together
Put your blanket-stitched squares back into their place into the rows of the quilt where they came from. Refer to the photograph you may have taken for each square's placement in the Quilt.
The squares in this Quilt will be sewn in rows together. You will begin with your first row at the top of the quilt and sew the squares in left to right order. Once the first row has been sewn together you will move onto the next row.
1. Lay out the first row to be sewn together on the ironing board.
2. Take the first square in the row and place it right-sides together with the second sqaure in that row. Pin the right-side of the sqaures together.
3. Using a 1/4 inch seam on the sewing machine sew the squares together removing the pins as you sew.
4a & 4b. Open out the squares and continue sewing all the fabric squares for that row in the same way.
5a. Take the first row that has been sewn together to the ironing board and lay it face down.
The sewn seams will be sticking up so you will need to press them flat with the iron.
It is important to press all the seams in the row in the same direction. In the image 5a, all the seams have been pressed to the left.
5b. The first row of the Quilt has been sewn together.
6. Now sew your second row together in exactly the same way as you did the first row.
When you have finished sewing the row you will need to press the seams on that row. On the first row you pressed the seams towards the left. On the second row press the seams in the opposite direction. Press the second row's seams towards the right.
From here on the seams in each row will be pressed in alternating directions (left, right, left, right and so on).
Images 7a & 7b demonstrates why we need to press the seams in alternating directions throughout the Quilt.
7a. Place row one and row two together. Match up the sewn seams. See how the seams meet with the seam allowance in alternating directions.
7b. Push the seams together feeling with your fingers until they sit neatly together. We call this 'butting the seams together'.
7c. Once in position secure with a pin.
8. Butt each seam along the lengh of the rows together and pin securely in place. Sew the rows together.
9. Open out the rows just sewn and lay them face down on the ironing board. With the two rows sewn together this is how the back looks.
10. Press the entire seam sewn in the same direction. In the image the seam has been pressed with the iron towards the bottom of the Quilt.
11. Shows how the Quilt looks so far on the right side.
Images 11 & 12 show how the seams all meet up neatly on the correct side of the Quilt.
See how the sewn seam lines run into each other.
13. Continue sewing the remaining rows together. As you sew each row open out and press all the seams in the same direction (towards the bottom of the quilt).
With all five rows sewn together the centre of the Quilt is now finished. Now you will need to sew on the border.
13a. The centre of the Quilt Top sewn together.
13b. The back of the Quilt. See how all the seams for each row have been pressed in the same direction.
Sewing on a Border around the centre of the Quilt Top
To make the border you will need three, 3 inch fabric strips ( cut the width of Quilting Fabric -selvege to selvage).
14a &14b. Starting at the left-hand side of the Quilt, pin the fabric strip to the raw edge of the Quilt. Leave a small amount of fabric hang over the edge. Pin all the way along the length of the Quilt top.
14c. Cut off excess fabric a little way pass the edge of the Quilt on the right-hand side. The left over fabric strip will be used for the bottom border on the Quilt.
If you need to cut the fabric strips for the border, take a look at the tutorial 'Putting a Border on a Quilt' for cutting information. The same tutorial covers how to sew on the border on the Quilt as will be presented below.
15. Your first border is pinned. Sew the fabric strip to the quilt top using a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the sewing machine.
16a & 16b. Trim off excess fabric either side of the Quilt using your Rotary Cutter and Ruler. Cut directly in line with the Quilt Top.
Be very careful not to cut any of your Quilt.
17. Place the top of your Quilt face down on the ironing board see the seam just sewn facing upwards.
18. Press the seam towards the outside of the Quilt. Remember, all the seams on all the borders will be pressed toward the outside of the Quilt from now on.
19a. You have sewn on your first border piece. Now repeat the steps in exactly the same way and add a border to the bottom of the Quilt.
19a & 19b.
19b. Now it is time to add the borders to the two sides of the Quilt. Place the Quilt facing up on the ironing board. Take a strip of fabric and repeat steps 14a to 18.
Congratulation! You have finished your Quilt Top. Now you are ready to Baste your Quilt.
Click on the link above and it will take you to detailed information about how to Baste your Quilt together.
It is an important step, as you need to secure all the three layers of your Quilt together before you can quilt it.
Once you have completed Basting your Quilt together come back to this tutorial.
Quilting Your Quilt
The Simple Bassinet Quilts have three types of quilting on them. They are both machine quilted. You can choose to Cross Hatch quilt your Quilt or Ditch stitch your Quilt. Both quilts have a small amount of hand-quilting on them also.
All the partucular types of quilting are covered comprhesively on the page, 'Quilting Your Quilt'.
Please read the information carefully and follow the instructions in each tutorials to quilt your Quilt.
Click on the link below to learn how to quilt.
Basting Your Quilt- Putting the Three Layers Together
The following slide show tutorial provides a simple pictorial overview of how the Quilt will be basted togther using the backing fabric, wadding and the Quilt top.
The backing fabric for the Quilt is pressed well with the iron. Then secured the Quilt to a flat surface like a tabletop or floor with tape.
The rows of stitching should go across the Quilt and down the length of the Quilt.
When the Quilt has been sufficiently stitched, remove the pins and tape.
You are now ready to quilt the Quilt.
If you are making the Pretty In Pink Quilt you will need to look at the, Cross-Hatching Your Quilt Tutorial for quilting the centre of the Quilt. Do the Quilting in the Ditch Tutorial to quilt the border of the Quilt. Lastly look at the Hand-Quilting Your Quilt Tutorial, to learn how to quilt by hand around the hearts.
If you are making the Little Boy Blue Quilt you will need to look at the, Quilting in the Ditch Quilt Tutorial for quilting the centre of the Quilt and for quilting the border of the Quilt. Lastly look at the Hand-Quilting Your Quilt Tutorial, to learn how to quilt by hand around the stars.
The Slide Show Tutorial below covers briefly how to quilt your Quilt. The information in the link above covers quilting much more comprehensively, so make sure you follow the tutorial information in the link.