DIY Shabby Chic Baby Quilt

 

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I love quilts. My grandmother makes beautiful quilts with appliqués and hand embroidered details that I consider already to be family heirlooms. But not all of us have my grandmother’s talent so here’s a simple quilt design that can be tailored to suit your taste. I have used a cheaper batting alternative in polyester (pre-cut cot size from Lincraft) which makes it machine washable and can be purchased in heavier weights if desired. You can use a wool or bamboo batting which is thinner and easier to sew but it’s also a more expensive option).

You will need:

  • 1.2m backing fabric
  • 1×1.2m polyester batting
  • 0.4m in 6 different fabrics
  • 6m bias binding in coordinating colour
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Ruler

What to do:

Cut a total of 120 12x12cm squares from the 6 fabrics.

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Pin squares together in alternating rows like this with wrong sides facing:

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Repeat until all squares are in rows which look something like this:

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Pin rows wrong sides together, 2 at a time and sew.

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Repeat.

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Lay backing fabric face down and layer batting and then top quilt piece face up.

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Pin layers together around outer edges.

Use dressmakers chalk to draw diagonal lines through your squares from corner to corner like this:

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Pin on either side of drawn lines. Sew through all three layers.

Pin bias binding around edges.

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Sew in place.

Turn over and pin.

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Hand sew to underside of quilt.

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Enjoy!

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About the Author: Emily is a former ACPA award winning editor and journalist turned stay at home mum and blogger. She lives on a farm in regional NSW with her husband and their five children where she spends the time she should be doing housework reading books and writing posts.

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