How to Quilt a Textured Vest

comments (5) October 26th, 2011     

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No pattern, no seams, and a raw-edge bias binding make this vest a  quick-to-sew slam dunk.
Three measurements and a little math supply the entire pattern youll need.
How to calculate for shrinkage: Measure your test swatch before and after you shrink it; use the difference to figure out the size to cut your vest pieces.
No pattern, no seams, and a raw-edge bias binding make this vest a  quick-to-sew slam dunk.

No pattern, no seams, and a raw-edge bias binding make this vest a quick-to-sew slam dunk.

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Sew it and soak it

Just quilt three rectangles of layered gauze, finish the edges, and treat the fabric to get a scrunchy look.

1. Prep the pattern.

Cut and quilt the fabric. Layer the fabrics carefully on the grain, press them together, and cut out the rectangles. Pin the layers together using straight pins. Quilt lines parallel to the straight grain and 1 to 2 inches apart, either marked or quilted freestyle. Start at the center of each rectangle, and work out to the edges.

3. Finish the edges. Make sure the edges of each piece are square and even. You can also round the corners, as we did, to make binding easier. Cut bias strips from the gauze, 2 inches wide and long enough to go around each rectangle (you may need to seam two or more together). Press the binding in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Sandwich each rectangle inside the folded binding and pin. Seam the ends of the binding together (you can overlap them if you like). Then topstitch the binding in place 1⁄4 inch from its raw edge, using a 2-mm, or shorter, stitch length. Sew a second row of topstitching 1⁄4 inch from the folded edge.

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Comments (5)

Ranchera writes: I have been working with shetland wool, while spinning the yarn I didn't know what to do with it. Now I do, but first will felt the fabric (all colours) then cut it out. Great idea!! Thank you for sharing.
Posted: 3:43 pm on November 4th
Ga0724 writes: I really think you would need to use three layers of fabric for it to quilt correctly as opposed to YarnUiPhoneApp's suggestion of using two, particularly if it is a gauze-cotton or wool. It does lend itself to all kinds of embellishment techniques and I am looking forward to trying.
Posted: 2:53 pm on November 4th
sandyfromtexas writes: I would definitely quilt and wash the fabric before cutting the pieces. All that math makes my head spin. Plan a big enough piece to cut the vest in one pattern piece. You could also add ribbons, threads, or quilt scraps as you quilt to make it more interesting.
Posted: 1:07 pm on November 4th
Maraha writes: This is clever in so many ways! Will make this vest! Already excited to give this fabric 'treatment' a try for other projects. I'm so happy there are such bright folks out there who are willing to share their ideas! Thanks!
Posted: 1:06 pm on November 4th
YarnUiPhoneApp writes: Love, love, love this idea! Personally, I'd do two things differently:

-pre-shrink both fabrics first.

-use KK200 to temporarily 'glue' the two fabrics together. This will help while you're quilting.

- Sew the two fabrics as one before cutting out the pattern pieces, toss in the wash, dry, then cut to your heart's content. You're more to get an accurate fit this way.

Finally, you could make different types of vests this way...Wool would work for fall/winter, cotton, linens for summer. Great wardrobe enhancer!

(As an aside, you could knit fabric with natural yarns and do the same thing, but that's just too much work in my mind).
Posted: 10:18 am on October 27th
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