Sewing Quilts for Beginners

Written by erik miley
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Sewing Quilts for Beginners
There are plenty of fabric choices available at your local fabric store. (quilts image by Christopher Martin from

The sky's the limit when designing a quilt. Make a beautiful quilt using your creativity and some basic quilting skills. The top of a quilt does not need to have elaborate pieces stitched together. A simple quilt is two pieces of material sewn together with batting or stuffing in between to make the quilt warmer. Inexpensive fabrics are available everywhere, from yard sales to fabric store remnants. Collect fabric from old T-shirt logos, or purchase designer seasonal fabrics after season at discount prices.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • 2 yards of batting or 4 yards of muslin fabric
  • Quilting thread
  • Large safety pins
  • Sewing pins
  • Quilting needle
  • Thimble
  • Embroidery floss
  • Large crafter's sewing needle for the embroidery floss
  • Sewing machine

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    Launder all fabric material together before cutting fabric shapes. This will ensure the colours do not run and the fabrics will shrink evenly. Iron as needed. If muslin fabric is used for batting, fold it in half and press so that it is the same shape as the other pieces of fabric.

    Sewing Quilts for Beginners
    Iron fabric after washing it. (iron image by Goran Bogicevic from
  2. 2

    Cut the fabric to the desired size, allowing each dimension to be about 1/2 inch longer in both directions.

  3. 3

    Stack the fabrics right sides together, or printed sides together, and place the batting or muslin at the bottom of the pile. Use sewing pins to secure the layers of fabric. Double check the pile is flat, and smooth undesired wrinkles and creases.

  4. 4

    Stitch a straight line about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric on three sides. Use a sewing machine or hand stitch. Use stitches smaller than 1/8 inch each for a better result. Sew the fourth side the same way except stop about 3 inches from the end. This will leave an access hole.

  5. 5

    Turn the fabric inside out by pushing the fabric through the access hole. Smooth the fabric so it is flat. Use large safety pins to secure the layers of fabric together. Start at the top in the middle of the quilt and add a safety pin every 4 inches.

  6. 6

    Stitch the access hole closed. Make sure the edges of the hole are turned in about 1/4 inch first.

  7. 7

    Use the embroidery floss and needle to top stitch the layers together. Here are two ways to accomplish this. The basic idea is to tie the top face to the bottom face. Stitch lines or patterns onto the quilt, or bind the layers of quilt with simple one-stitch ties. Start at the top and push the needle all the way through the quilt to the bottom. Bring the needle and floss back up to the top. Tie a double knot and cut the floss. Repeat this step every 3 to 6 inches until the quilt is evenly bound together.

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