I am still rather new to the sewing world and I had never made a quilt before so I was pleasantly surprised to find this project was both easy and inexpensive.
- 1/2 yard of six flannelette materials in shades of greens and a grey. ($30)
- One green flannel top sheet ($6)
- Green thread (on hand)
- 20 black squares of leftover fabric (on hand)
First of all, I just have to say that I am by no means an expert in quilt making! I did, however, find a way to make it easy, inexpensive and less intimidating. This was a very casual project that I never planned on sharing. After some interest, I have decided to share this project, ,albeit very casually!
- First thing I did was cut a piece of cardboard into a 5x5 square. This was used as a template for my quilt squares.
- On the back of the fabric, I traced around each square with a washable marker. I do have a chalk pencil for these kinds of things, but unfortunately it was nowhere to be found after my last cosplay project and I was kind of in a hurry, so Crayola washable marker (in a fancy orange shade) was my hero of the day!
- After tracing around the square for each half yard, i ended up with around 120 squares (give or take - I ended up with a few spares). I wish that it would have ended up a little bigger (twin size) but this was a pretty casual project (and a complete rush!) so I was not too disappointed with the "throw blanket" size it ended up to be.
- I laid out the squares on my bed and arranged them out randomly until I had a design that I was pleased with.
- Once they were laid out in proper order, I traced and cut out 20 additional squares from scrap black fabric I had left over from a cosplay project. They were then arranged in to the classic creeper face, removing the colour squares beneath them.
- Starting from left and working to right, I collected each square on top of each other and put them in envelopes numbered 1-12. This was so I could work through each row, while hiding them from the gift recipient. Alternately, you could also work with them laid out, but I found the envelope method really helped to keep things organized. It is important to keep them stacked properly though or you may end up with a mismatched creeper face!
- Next you are going to have to sew each square together by matching front-to-front and sewing a straight line to the next square. One of the most important things to remember for this project is that you want to keep straight lines and you want to keep an equal seam allowance. Admittedly, this is something I am terrible at. To keep myself on track I tried as best I could to keep the fabric in line with the edge of the presser foot. Make sure you pull each square from the envelope in order and go down the line one by one. I know it seems like it will take a really long time (it kind of does) but it goes by quickly. Just put on some good music and sew away.
- You should end up with a pretty cool strip of greens that kind of looks like s scarf! Keep working through the envelopes, and pile each row of fabric on top of each other in order as you go. This is so you don't end up with a creeper puzzle in the end! Also, as you go you can lay them out and make sure they are matching up the way you want them to. I'm not sure what happened with mine, but in a couple areas the colours were the same beside each other which I wasn't too pleased with. I got over it when I realized that Minecraft is a pixelated video game, so being perfect doesn't really matter in this project (at least that's what I tell myself when I shudder at the mistakes I made on this project).
- You should probably trim your thread ends after each row (or else you will be cutting thread forever like I was) and after each row you are going to want to press the seams out (trust me, it's better to do this after each row or else you'll go crazy ironing for what seems like hours).
- After you have made your way through the 12 envelopes (congratulations!), it is time to sew them together lengthwise. This follows the same rules as above. Once you are finished, take a look at your project, do a happy dance and get ready to add the back on.
- For the backing, I found the cheapest flannel top sheet possible. I laid it out and smoothed the quilt on top of it. I tried to keep the natural edges of the sheet in line with the quilt. Then I cut the remaining sides and folded them over to make a neat (well as neat as I could) edge over the quilt.
- I pinned the edges down and top stitched them to the quilt with the sewing machine. When I got to the corners, I made a square so there would be no open "pockets".
So there it is. A creeper quilt that was the favourite gift of an almost-ten year old boy. I did spend quite a bit of time on it, but I was on a pretty tight budget for gifts this year so I really didn't mind spending my spare time on a gift that I knew he would love.
I'm sorry I didn't make this a little more formal with pictures and exact measurements and what not. I may go back and make a bigger quilt in the future so I will keep that in mind when I start that project.
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