How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quiltcomments (37) October 4th, 2013
I love pretty vintage sheets, and this project is a great way to show them off. It's also a good, basic introduction to quilting-if you've never made a quilt before, I guarantee you can make this one.
What you'll need:
- Two sheets (see notes below)
- One blanket (see notes below)
- Large safety pins
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
- Hand-sewing needle
- Tapestry needle with sharp point
- Thimble (optional)
- Sport- or worsted-weight yarn
Let's talk materials: When you're at the thrift store looking for supplies for this project, keep a few things in mind. First, your two sheets and blanket should all be roughly the same size-I used two twin sheets and a twin blanket. And be sure to check over all three pieces carefully for stains and rips. The blanket will be completely hidden, so it can be a little beat up, but the sheets should be in good shape.
In addition, the blanket you select for this project should be fairly thin. A cotton or wool blanket would work best, but you can also work with a fleece blanket, as I have here. The blanket can have a print on it, since it will be hidden. Just check your sheets to make sure the blanket won't show through them.
To get started, wash all three pieces and press the sheets. Then, clear a large floor space and lay the sheets out flat, right sides together. Line them up along one edge-I usually use the bottom edge. (The other edges may or may not match-twin sheets come in a variety of sizes. But don't worry about this for now.)
Now, place the blanket on top of the sheets. Line up one edge of the blanket about 2 inches away from the lined-up edge of the sheets.
This next step is the key to your success with this project: safety pins! One of the reasons a quilt project can seem challenging is its size-it's not easy wrangling all those large pieces of fabric. That's where safety pins come in-and lots of them.
Large safety pins are easiest to work with, but you can use smaller ones. Pin them through all three layers at roughly 3-inch intervals. Cover the entire surface of the blanket with safety pins, making sure that the blanket is lying flat as you pin.
Once the three layers are securely pinned together, you can move them around for cutting and sewing.
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