January 30, 2013

A Heart-Stitched Baby Rag Quilt {Tutorial}


I recently made a crib sized rag quilt for a friend's baby shower. It is very similar to this rag quilt that I've blogged about before, except that instead of the usual "x" each square is quilted with a happy little heart. 


Several of the fabrics I used are from the "Seaside Cottage" collection by Heather Mulder Peterson.

To start, you will need to cut 70 seven-inch fabric squares and 35 six-inch squares of quilt batting.


Sandwich a piece of batting between two squares of fabric. 


Pin together and stitch big ugly basting stitches across the whole thing in an "x" pattern.  These stitches are just to hold everything in place for now and will be removed later.


Continue with the rest of the squares and batting until you have 35 basted little fabric sandwiches.


To sew your squares together, place the squares back to back (so, the fabrics you've chosen for the backing will be touching each other and the fabrics you've chosen for the top will be facing out) and stitch about 1/2" from the edge.


You'll have something that looks like this....


Continue sewing the squares together into 5 strips of 7 squares.


And then sew those strips together the same way!  Don't forget to put the back sides together when you sew. If you regularly sew things other than rag quilts this will seem backwards to you since you are so accustomed to putting the right sides of a garment together.  I confess I had to rip out and re-sew a seam or two because I had absentmindedly sewn the strips together wrong!

Sew all the way around the outside edge of the quilt too, 1/2" from the edge.

Next you will take a sharp pair of scissors and a couple episodes of your favourite television series and sit down to snip all of your edges so that your seams fray up nicely.  Be careful not to cut any stitches!


Cut a cute little heart from a piece of cardboard and use it to trace a heart shape in the middle of each square.


And quilt along your pencil lines.  Here is a youtube video showing you how to do a quilting stitch.


Remove your big ugly basting stitches and you're done!


I gave it a wash and a dry in the dryer to fluff up the raggy edges a little bit and remove my pencil lines.  And because it was a gift I put a few drops of lavender essential oil on my wool dryer balls when I dried it so that it would smell super nice.  




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42 comments:

  1. I love it!!! So pretty! What a wonderful baby gift!

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  2. This is so beautiful! I just don't know if I could do the hearts! I thought maybe I could do the x's okay. :-)

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  3. I love this so cute! The colors are great!

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  4. Awww, that's so nice!
    I can't believe you did the hearts by hand, wow. :)
    I pinned the "big ugly basting stitches" picture, I actually think it looks great and happy :).
    Ieva

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  5. I've always wanted to make one of these since seeing the one my mum made. She tried to explain it but made it sound so complicated. This is awesome. Thank you so much and you've broken it down so well so that anyone can follow. Lovely. I'm definitely going to make one of these for my granddaughter.
    Cheers

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  6. This is so beautiful!!! Wish somebody would make me such present :)
    Can you please show how the blanket looks from the downside.

    Meeli

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  7. It's beautiful, Kelly! You're so talented. I can't wait to try quilting, you inspire us all!

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  8. This is absolutely precious! We are getting ready for baby number, our first girl, and are so excited. Thank you for this little tutorial. I'll definitely be making one of these!

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  9. I've been wanting to learn how to quilt and was given a wall hanging kit to start with but I think this would be a fantastic way to get my feet wet. Love this! You've got me thinking about making a foot quilt like this for our bed! Yay, thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!

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  10. Too cute!!!! I'll have to do one sometime.
    PS: I had missed your blogs!!

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  11. That quilt is stunning. I LOVE the colors/print/combo you selected. You have an awesome eye :) Now I will have to go copy you...again.

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  12. That looks so lovely! I want to try making a quit but I find it so daunting. I know I won't learn unless I try. Thanks for this tutorial. It definitely seems a little less scary.

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  13. That is lovely, and much easier than I thought!

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  14. Oh! How beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial. I've been wanting to do a quilt for my daughter but been daunted. Now following this I should be able to manage. Love your blog. Lisa x

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  15. Wow, that looks so nice, I’ll get into the making procedure right away.

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  16. What a gorgeous gift, I think I'd have trouble remembering to put the seams wrong-side out too!

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  17. This is adorable - and this looks like quilting I might actually be able to do! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  18. It looks a bit hard, but I think nothing is impossible when it come to my kids’ safety.

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  19. what a lucky mama to get that as a gift! not only stunning but homemade! I would LOVE to attempt to do this myself...I think I could get as far as the little sandwiches and then I'd be lost.

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  20. Gorgeous! I love the colors you've chosen, Kelly. You've inspired me to make one for my sister who is due in March, I better get cracking!

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  21. That turned out so cute! I'm way too busy with crochet to even think about learning quilting... that's what my old roommate is for. :)

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  22. Absolutely lovely, I am desperate to have a go at one of these. I just need to get a sewing machine!! Can I ask which machine you have?

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    1. My sewing machine is a kenmore. I just bought what was on sale when I needed a new one! :)

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  23. This is so cute! Very inspiring. I'd love to try it but where do you find the time?

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    1. Mostly at night when I really should be sleeping! :)

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  24. Gorgeous! Are the basting stitches necessary if your pinning them together?

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    1. Yes, I think so. You don't want things to shift while you are sewing and basting is really a quick and easy way to make sure that doesn't happen. :)

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  25. My very first rag quilt, I hand stitched each "sandwich" individually with a heart. Thanks for bringing back the memories. I must say at the time it was especially difficult for this quilted soul. Great work.

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  26. Did you only have to wash it once? Did it seem to have a lot of fibers floating after it was washed and dried. I made one using flannel and now I have concerns about the small fiber, coming out of the blanket from the ragging part, and it being used by a baby.Or do I need to wash and dry it again?

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    1. Each time you wash and dry it it will get a little more "raggy". It get's better with every wash! :)

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  27. Can I machine quilt the hearts first, instead of the X?

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  28. Une très belle idée !!
    J'ai 6 enfants et j'aime beaucoup l'esprit familiale de ton blog.
    Belle journée de France ;)
    Maude

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  29. Beautiful can't wait to try it!

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  30. I always do the hand quilting before I sew the squares together.

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  31. Would you mind sharing how much material you used? I'd like to make one for my sister who is due in January. This will be my first quilting experience so I'd like to know how much to buy. Thank you. Also, I just found your blog tonight and I've already laughed and cried and loving every word of it. Thanks for sharing and making me feel not so alone.

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    1. I bought about 1 yard of each fabric (3 prints) and had more than enough to make the 75 squares. I could probably have used about 1/5 yard but wanted extras just in case I messed up

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  32. Hi - just wondering if you quilted both sides of the blanket or just the top, raggy side? This is my first quilt and I am not really sure how to finish it off

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  33. I have a question... I am making a rag quilt and I am havinf some problems with the fabric. I am using baby flannel and I sewed it all together but now it is all falling apart is there a way once I deconstruct the quilt to keep this from happening again. I shoukd comment the rag side is fine it is the other side that is falling apart. Please help and thank you in advance!

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  34. I've seen some rag quilts without the edges clipped. Is this a necessary step? Love your quilts. Thank you for the guidance.

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