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Whimsy: EZ Pre-Quilted Baby Blanket
Love, love, love this double-faced, pre-quilted fabric from Joanna Figueroa’s Whimsy collection for Moda Fabrics. There are two, reversible patterns to choose from. We selected the option with Whimsy Vintage Flash Cards in Milk on the front and Whimsy Dot in Milk on the back. Then we trimmed the whole thing with coordinating Whimsy Ric Rac Stitching in Multi. I used a fancy decorative stitch to attach my binding, which takes a little longer to stitch, but adds an extra-special touch. Since all you do for the center of the blanket is cut a square, and the binding is a faux-mitered technique, this blanket is SO easy, I even simplified the name to: EZ!
I’ve outlined the basic steps of faux mitered corners. If you are new to the technique, check out our tutorial. You might also want to read through our bias binding how-to.
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A BIG thanks to our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for providing us with all the Whimsy collection fabrics for our tutorial trio. They have a wonderful selection in stock of all the designs. Thanks, FQS!
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Platinum 760)
Fabric and Other Supplies
- 1 yard of 44-45″ wide double-faced, pre-quilted fabric: we used Joanna Figueroa’s Whimsy Double Face Quilt Yardage in Milk
- ½ yard of 44-45″ wide coordinating fabric for binding: we used Joanna Figueroa’s Whimsy Ric Rac Stitching in Multi
- All purpose thread in color to match fabric
- Decorative thread in contrasting color to fabric (optional – if you want your binding stitching to stand out)
- See-through ruler
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Fabric pencil
- Straight pins
- Cut ONE 36″ x 36″ square from the pre-quilted fabric. Make sure your fabric’s pattern is straight and true, especially if you chose a directional fabric like ours.
- Cut FOUR 4″ x width of fabric (WOF) strips from the binding fabric.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Collect all four 4″ x WOF binding strips.
- Pin and then seam the four binding strips together end to end to create one long, continuous strip.
- To do this, match right sides together along the 4″ sides and stitch, using a ½” seam allowance.
- Press all the seams open.
- If you want your binding stitch to stand out, re-thread your machine now with the contrasting thread. Because of the vibrant colors of the Ric Rac trim, I stayed with my pale yellow thread for a more subtle effect.
- Fold the binding in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.
- Open up your strip wrong side towards you.
- Fold each side towards the center crease and press.
- Fold again along your first crease, right sides together, so your two folded edges are together. Press.
- Starting in the middle of one side of the blanket, unfold your binding and slip it over the the raw edge. Work from what you consider to be the right side of your blanket (the Whimsy Flash Cards side in our sample). Be very careful that your middle fold is right on the edge and your binding is even on both sides. Pin from your starting point to the first corner.
- Bring your project to your machine, and starting in the middle (where you started pinning), stitch the binding to the project, staying as close to the edge of the binding as you can. Go slowly and make sure you catch both sides of the binding equally.
NOTE: You can use a straight stitch, or add some pizzazz with a decorative stitch, like I did. I chose Stitch #50 on the Janome Jem Platinum 760 which is a fancy heirloom-type zig-zag. I thought it echoed the look of the Ric Rac trim.
- Sew to the corner and stop. Lock your seam. I used my machine’s lock stitch button because I used a decorative stitch. A lock stitch is neater than a back stitch for securing decorative stitching.
- Remove the project from under the needle and clip your threads, but do not cut your binding.
- Fold a pleat in the corner to make a 45˚ angle. Pin. Encase the new side’s raw edge with the binding, working your way to the next corner. Press and pin in place.
- Return to your machine, and matching your first line of stitching, edgestitch around the corner and down the side to the next corner. Stop at the corner and lock your stitch.
NOTE: By ‘around the corner’ I mean you should drop your needle in at the end of your original line of stitching, stitch into the corner, pivot, and then stitch down the new edge. This way, your line of stitching around each corner will appear uninterrupted.
- Repeat these same steps at each corner.
- When you return to your starting point, tuck under the raw edge of the binding, match the bottom edges and match your stitching line to finish. Press.
- I stitched a Sew4Home label to a bottom corner. Find out more about custom labels from our product review.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Liz Johnson
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