I am so glad you were able to use this fun tutorial to make a sweet little quilt for your niece!
Would you love to see more great tutorials that are sure to be a favorite with your little one?
I am thinking one of these little quilts and baby doll beds will be showing up soon for my precious little girl!
Now we’re going to add the fun scalloped border to the sides/ends of the quilt. The next step is to sew all the rows together. And who doesn’t have some teddy bears who could use a lovely place to have a tea party?I also made a mattress with tripled batting and a pillow with fluff.
I stitched around the whole blanket 1” from the edge.
I just threw together a doll blanket with two flowered pieces of fabric and a very thin piece of batting in between.
I am rushing out tomorrow to buy a few bits to make this and the pillows. Might have to whip some up once we have our daughter’s new room color scheme all figured out!
Place it on a doll bed and you’re good to go!
I love the way those straight lines look on this pink polka dot fabric. When you’re finished with this step, turn the quilt over and admire your handiwork.
I used a 1/8 inch seam allowance on both sides of each seam. This is the part that makes your doll blanket into an actual quilt. After you’ve sewn around the edge of the quilt, it’s time to stitch over the top. This is a small seam allowance, but it looks so dainty on a small quilt. Your next step is to sew around the entire quilt, just 1/8 of an inch from the edge. As this point you should also add some pins down the center of the quilt to hold the layers in place as you sew around the edge and over the top. Fold the raw edges of the opening inside 1/4 inch and press them well. Now use your trusty iron to press the quilt until the corners and edges are nice and smooth. Pull the quilt through the opening and push out the corners until it looks like a nice, flat rectangle. Slip your hand inside the opening and grab the far side of the quilt. Simply cut off the corner, making sure not to clip any of the stitches. Lower the presser foot again and continue sewing. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance again, and leave an opening of 3 inches on one short side to allow you to turn the quilt right side out.
You may now begin sewing around the outside of your quilt. Layer your four pieces like you see in the photo below: flannel, flannel, quilt top facing up, quilt bottom facing down.
I like to use flannel because it gives the quilt structure while keeping it soft and not too thick. This fabric does not need to be pretty, as it will be hidden inside your top and bottom layers. Using the same measurements, cut two pieces of flannel or any other soft fabric you have lying around. Use the quilt top to cut a bottom piece the exact same size. Once you have sewn all the pieces together, iron the seams open and press the whole quilt top so it’s nice and crisp. Repeat this step until all the strips are sewn together. Make sure you sew in a straight line, and go slow if necessary.
Your needle should be sewing 1/4 inch away from the fabric’s edge. One at a time, sew the pieces together along their long sides until you’ve created one long top piece. The first step is to sew your strips of fabric together to create the quilt top. Vintage sheets and pillow cases are perfect for this project!
You can either go to the fabric store and buy four different fabrics (a fat quarter, or 1/4 yard is all you need of each), or you can use some scraps you already have on hand.