How to Quilt a Textured Vestcomments (5) October 26th, 2011
This bohemian-style vest is cute, comfortable, and superquick to make. Its unique texture comes from a simple shrinking technique that essentially crumples fabric. To create it, choose a natural fiber fabric that has not been preshrunk. Then, machine-quilt at least three layers of the fabric together, finish the edges, soak the garment in water, and let it tumble dry—it will automatically shrink and pucker between the stitched quilting lines.
3 yards cotton gauze
Thread (regular machine thread or rayon, polyester, acrylic, or cotton embroidery thread)
A good-quality, loosely-woven cotton gauze was the choice for this vest, but you could opt for wool gauze, silk organza, or even lightweight handkerchief linen.
First, test a 4-inch-square swatch of quilted fabric to determine the shrinkage amount, so you can cut the right size pieces for your vest. Quilt the swatch layers together on the lengthwise grain; then soak and gently tumble it dry. Measure the quilted fabric. Calculate the percent of shrinkage.
To figure the size to cut each piece, multiply the desired finished length (or width) by the percentage of shrinkage. Add the result to the desired length (or width). For example, 12 inches (desired length) x 6 percent = 0.72 inch (round up to 3⁄4 inch). Cut length = 12 3⁄4 inches.