Similar to cross-stitching, quilting is a fun way to consume time. You can use your imagination and be creative as much as you like to create a remarkable piece of art. If you are interested to make your own blanket through quilting, here are top easy quilting tips written just for you:
Tip #1: Get all your supplies
One of the basic rules in quilting, you must prepare the beginner kits for quilting. The kit includes:
- The regular sewing scissors
Choose a well-sharpened scissors to avoid snagging of the fabric.
- The rotary cutters
The medium-sized cutters are the best tool for beginners.
- Have a cutting mat
Using a cutting mat will make your cutting work easy, fast, and reliable. Relying on your regular table while cutting the fabric will give you an unfavorable result.
- Get a ruler
Do not forget to use an extra-long ruler; preferably, choose 5×24 inch, transparent ruler.
- Complete your set of pins
- Straight pins
- Safety pins
- Seam ripper
- Complete your set of threads
- Select your choice of fabric
When selecting fabric you have to:
o Choose one hundred percent cotton
o Choose solid colors
Choosing fabrics with prints can give you hard time creating your own pattern. If you are a beginner, choose those with solid colors.
- Collect batting
Fillings for your quilted blanket are often called batting, which comes in varied kinds of fibers, including polyester, cotton, and fusible fibers.
Tip #2: Work your quilting project using a sewings machine.
Even though several enthusiasts love to quilt using their hands, beginners should use a sewing machine. Aside from it is less time-consuming, hand-stitch quilting for beginners can be confusing at most times, especially if it is a tricky pattern.
Tip #3: Have a simple-shaped pattern.
There are several designs online that are strikingly attractive, however, for beginners, it is best to use simple-shaped patterns, for instance, triangles, circles, rectangles, and more. Also, to emphasize your design, make sure to cut your shapes bigger. This is to avoid “negative area” from overwhelming the entire design.
Tip #4: Wash and iron your fabric.
To have a faster and easier cutting and quilting experience, you need to wash the fabric and iron them.
Tip #5: Measure your fabric before cutting.
Avoid cutting your fabric without measuring them. Although there is a free-motion quilting, for beginners, it is advised to measure each fabric. Here are some helpful tips when cutting:
- Do not forget to include measuring the seam allowance; preferably ¼ inch for each side.
- Large-cut fabrics are best for beginners.
- Use pencil when measuring because it is easy to remove the mark.
Tip #6: Begin sewing.
If you are done measuring and cutting, make sure to sew the fabrics according to your layout. Use the seam allowance for its purpose in sewing.
Tip #7: Iron your finished quilting project.
After you have sewn each fabric together, it is best to iron them to see if there are mistakes. Then, if you like your project, you may now begin sewing the backing fabric for the batting. Quilting is fun. So, start your own now using the tips in quilting.