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Friday, March 9, 2012

Tutorial: Make your own quilted fabric

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I sell quite a few wristlets and cosmetic bags, frequently from pre-quilted fabrics. These fabrics are great, but they're very limited in color and design. When I had an order for a color I couldn't find, I decided to make my own. I thought it would also be a good opportunity to write a tutorial so I grabbed a camera before I got started.

I was in a bit of a hurry but couldn't find my quilting bar (don't worry if you don't know what that is) so I did the next best thing: using a ruler and chalk, I drew parallel diagonal lines across a piece of cotton fabric, 1 inch apart. As you can see, I went in one direction, then the other to create this diamond pattern.

I layered the green cotton fabric on top of a piece of batting. Under the batting, I added a piece of interfacing. You could use another piece of fabric instead of the interfacing if you wanted.

I sprayed each of the layers lightly with a spray-on adhesive to hold them all together.You could pin them if you wanted but I like the spray and I like not having to pull out pins when I'm sewing.

Using a thread color as close to the green cotton as I could find, I stitched across all of the lines I drew.I made my stitch length a bit longer than usual, setting it at 3 (which means each stitch is 3 mm long-- a little bonus lesson for you!) You'll notice I'm just using a standard multi purpose foot on my machine. I wanted to keep this tutorial as something anyone could do without any extra tools. If you have a walking foot, however, this would be a good application for it.

Voila! My own quilted fabric. Here's what the back looks like after you stitch all the lines.


And here you can see the front and the wristlet I made from the fabric.


I just read in "Lucky" Magazine that quilting is a hot new trend, too. They show several pieces that I just love and now I especially love knowing that I can turn just about any fabric into a quilted fabric. Give it a try yourself. You won't believe how easy it is.






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