How To Projects — baby
Supplies:¼ yard of 3 different flannel prints (cut 3 8" squares from each print)
½ yard of flannel for the back (cut 9 8" squares )
Spring action scissors (small)
- Take each front square and put wrong sides together with a back square
- Stitch 1/2" around the 4 edges of each square (an "X" in the middle is not necessary)
- Repeat with all the other pairs for a total of 9 squares
- Lay out squares in desired pattern, be cautious if using a directional print
- One row at a time pin 3 squares wrong sides together and stitch ½” seam.
- Repeat with second and third rows.
- Pin rows together. Where seams match up be sure to pin seams in opposite directions; stitch 1/2" seam. Watch video for more details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-LQfYXrG_Q&index=43&list=UUPxjnslIQVwKStoOLUbS_0Q
- Snip around all edges about 1/3” apart being careful to not snip blanket.
- Wash rag quilt in warm water with detergent. Use no fabric softener (yet)
- Shake quilt before drying (no dryer sheet). Clean lint trap after drying.
- Repeat wash and dry; this time use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Supplies:1 ¼ yds of terry cloth using 2 different colors
Cut a 32” and 12” square from both terry cloth pieces
Cut 2 10” squares from each of the fabric colors (for washcloths)
Towel and Washcloth Directions:
- Place 2 12” squares RST (right sides together), cut a diagonal line thru both (one pair of triangles will not be used for this project)
- Pin and stitch ½” seam, thru both pieces along the longest side of the triangle
- Turn triangle right side out, press along fold, let under side color show for contrast
- Stitch ¼” from edge and trim 2 sides so they are even
- Pin 2 towel pieces RST leaving one corner open. Peel top corner back, place triangle in between 2 pieces, match raw edges and pin.
- Stitch ½” seam all the way around the square leaving a 4” opening for turning.
- Trim corners, turn towel right side out, gently push corners for smooth curved points.
- Finger press edge, pin where necessary, tuck ½” seam to inside along opening
- Stitch ¼” around the entire edge for a clean finish.
- RST stitch 2 washcloth squares with ½” seam leaving 3” opening for turning
- Trim corners, turn right side out, press edge, tuck ½” seam to inside, stitch ¼” around edge for a clean finish; repeat for second washcloth.
Supplies:½ yard (or fat quarter) of fleece/minky for outer container
½ yard (or fat quarter) of cotton or flannel for lining
1/8 yard for binding (2 3/4 x 44”)
18 x 18” square of extra firm fusible interfacing
- Lay 18” square of extra firm fusible interfacing on wrong side of 18” square of fabric for outer container
- Follow manufacturer’s directions and iron in place
- Fold in half with right sides of fabric touching and pin along the sides, stitch 1/4" seam along each side
- Cut 4” squares from the bottom corners measure 4 ” from side seam and 4” up from the fold, draw lines and cut
- Open container (right side should be on the inside, fold becomes the bottom) and container takes a squared shape
- The two sides (with the stitched seams) should be touching the bottom of the container – these 2 touching edges are where you just removed the 4” corner
- Fold one of these sides to the inside and pin the 2 cut edges together, repeat with the other side, stitch ¼” seam along each edge to form container base and turn right side out
- Repeat steps 3-7 to make lining except don't turn right side out in step 7
- Place lining inside of container so that wrong sides are touching, match seams along the top edge and pin in place
- Prepare binding by folding in half lengthwise and pressing
- Pin binding to outside of container with raw edges matching being sure to leave about 6” of “tail” before you start pining, stop pinning about 6” before you reach the starting point
- Stitch using a 1/4” seam around the top edge, stop about 6” from the starting point
- Trim ends so they overlap 2 ¾”, miter the ends (sew together at right angles), then continue stitching binding in place
- Fold binding over the raw edge and whip stitch in place
- Fill with Soft Baby Blocks
6 pieces of soft fleece/Minky cut into 4 ½” squares
4-8 pieces of ribbon 3” in length (optional)
2 1” jingle bells
Coordinating thread and needle or sewing machine
*NOTE – Ribbon loops can be placed in any seam; fold 3” ribbon in half and pin to right side of fabric with raw edges matching. See diagram below for optional placement marked with *. Always sew with fabric right sides together.
- All seams are 3/8”; be sure to start and stop 3/8” inside edge of the fabric! You’ll need the 3/8” to attach one square to another.
- Sew (B) to (A); top of block is (A)
- Sew (D) to (A)
- Sew (C) to (A)
- Sew (E) to (A)
- Sew (F) to (E)
- Now begin to stitch sides of the cube together
- Sew (B) to (C)
- Sew (C) to (D)
- Sew (B) to (E)
- Sew (D) to (E)
- To close the block, you’ll:
- Sew (F) to (B)
- Sew (C) to (F)
- Partially sew (D) and (F) together leaving an opening of about 2” to turn and stuff
- Turn the block inside out; push all the corners out with fingers or a knitting needle
- Fill the block with polyester stuffing and add jingle bells to the middle
- Hand stitch the opening closed
- Repeat steps to make 4 blocks to fill the the Baby Block Container