I am so excited to share this Simple Square Quilt for Beginners with you, mainly because it is SO simple and even if you don’t consider yourself someone who can sew, this is a piece of cake! I made this in crib size for my sister in law who is expecting her first boy. I absolutely love this adorable fabric, which came from Heart and Home Fabrics Etsy Shop!
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-Basic Sewing Machine
-Square pieces (5×5 inch fabric pieces) Also called Charm Packs – To make this size, I used 54 pieces (9 rows of 6) which measured roughly 26 inches x 38 inches when completed to fit inside a crib
-1 Yard soft minky fabric
-Embroidery floss to match minky fabric color
-Iron and Ironing Board
STEP 1: Take all of your fabric pieces and arrange them into what you’d like the quilt to look like – I used a few charm packs so I had to distribute them so that there weren’t any of the same pieces next to one another.
STEP 2: You will be sewing together the rows first (6 pieces at a time) Make sure you line them up correctly so they have right sides together.
After you finish sewing all of the rows together, here is what it should look like:
STEP 3: Make sure you go through and iron the seams before moving on to step 4 (every other seam goes opposite way) Left, right, etc.
STEP 4: Now you’ll be lining up the rows and sewing them together to make the top of the quilt (you’ll want to sew with right sides together)
Here’s what it should look like as you get to the end of this step:
STEP 5: Now you’ll want to WASH and DRY the top part of the quilt BEFORE moving on since it’s cotton and the other side isn’t. This is extremely important because the cotton will shrink and the minky won’t, so if you don’t wash it before you’ll end up with two different sized pieces sewn together.
STEP 6: Now you’ll iron the top part of the quilt to make it a little flatter and uniform so that the top and bottom pieces match up perfectly.
STEP 7: Now you will be pinning the two layers together (right sides together) then I trimmed the minky fabric after doing that. Make sure you don’t stretch the minky fabric or the cotton layer as you are going around and pinning. Also, I pinned A LOT (like every 1.5 inches) because the minky fabric is a little bit slippery.
STEP 8: Now you’ll want to sew all the way around the quilt (with right sides together with the cotton side up and minky fabric on the bottom) – LEAVE a spot of two squares open so you can turn it right side out in the next step (aprox 8 inches or so without stitching) near the middle of one of the sides.
STEP 9: Turn the quilt right side out through the opening you left, tuck the left overs into the inside and iron this opening and pin it down so that it blends in with the rest of the quilt. Continue ironing all the way around the quilt.
STEP 10: Now you will start right before that opening and stitch around the top all the way around (this is called top stitching since the quilt is now right side out) This will close your opening you had left and make it blend in with the rest of the edges.
STEP 11: Now you will be using embroidery floss to attach the two pieces together in various spots throughout the blanket. You will be doing this on every other intersections of each row, as shown on the chart below. The blue circles on the chart below is where I did the ties. This will ensure that the two layers will not come apart!
Now you have completed your first simple square quilt! :) Here are some scale examples to show you the size of my finished one!
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