How do I Quilt With IKEA Fabrics?

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How do I Quilt With IKEA Fabrics?
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IKEA fabrics' reasonable prices and whimsical designs make them perfect for quilting. According to their website, IKEA policies prohibit the use of hazardous materials, minimise the use of chemicals, and do not allow optical brighteners to be used in their fabric, so quilters can feel comfortable using them to make quilts that are environmentally friendly. The simplistic and modern designs of IKEA fabric make it perfect for patchwork quilts. Quilters can create a wide variety of high-quality quilts from these fabrics by employing quilting techniques they use every day.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter

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    Prewash fabric. IKEA fabric, like many other fabrics, may shrink after its first washing. To make sure your finished quilt is the desired size, wash all fabrics in hot water and dry them in the dryer. Iron your washed fabric to make it easier to work with.

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    Cut your fabric into quilt pieces. "Fussy cut," which means to pick out a specific design and centre it on your quilt square, if you are using fabric with an appealing design you want to highlight. Many IKEA fabrics are perfect for fussy cutting. Cut your pieces into the desired shapes and sizes if you do not wish to fussy cut.

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    Sew your quilt pieces together. Follow your chosen pattern. Layer your batting and backing to make a quilt sandwich. A quilt sandwich is your quilt top, batting and backing stacked on top of each other.

  4. 4

    Quilt your fabrics. Simply quilt your quilt made from IKEA fabric like you would any other. You can hand or machine quilt. The fabrics and pattern will dictate whether you choose to use a straight line stitch, stipple or other approach.

  5. 5

    Bind your quilt. Binding is the process of joining the raw edges of your quilt. After binding, your quilt will be complete and ready to supply years of warmth and enjoyment.

Tips and warnings

  • IKEA fabrics become softer after each washing. Do not avoid them if they feel coarse. Your quilt will soften and become more comfortable with time.
  • Use IKEA fabrics for quilt backing. The inexpensive, yet high-quality fabric make perfect quilt backings.

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