Hello! Megan here from Downtown Housewife! Check out my sweet little “Color and Tag Along Blanket” made up of Lil’ Rascals fabric! It’s the perfect size to fit in a diaper bag, purse or your wee one’s tiny hands. The colored appliqué is a great way to get those wee hands involved in some crafting! Ready made kits will be available at “Sew Sweet Quilt Shop”… just drop them an e-mail or phone call!
1 charm pack
1/4 yard for border
1/4 yard for binding
1/4 yard white or cream solid fabric for appliqué
Portable luminaire for tracing
Washable fabric pen
Sewable heat bond (approx. 11” x 20”)
Lightweight fusible interfacing (4” x 8”)
Rotary cutter and mat (or scissors and ruler)
Backing: 34” x 34”
Batting: 34” x 34”
First cut three pieces of your solid white or cream fabric to fit the design you will be tracing.
Begin by printing and then tracing the 3 downloadable templates. If you prefer other templates they are easy to make! Simply scan the fabric and enlarge the desired image to the desired size.
To trace the appliqué picture onto the fabric you will need a light box. If you do not have one you can use a lighted window or projector.
To use a light box you place the paper on the box with the fabric over it and trace the design with a washable fabric pen.
Once the designs are traced, attach the fabric to the heat bond. This will make the fabric more stable and make coloring much easier!
Make sure to test your fabric crayons on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure you are using the right colors.
After you use the crayons, you will place fabric or paper over the colored picture and run the iron across it to set them. This can change the color dramatically; therefore testing colors is highly advised.
CUTTING YOUR PIECES:
For the border you will need:
2 (4” x 28”)
2 (4” x 34”)
For the binding:
4 (2” x width of fabric)
For the blanket handle:
4” x 8” scrap piece of fabric
4” x 8” piece of light weight fusible interfacing
The majority of this little blanket is simply charm squares. You will sew 6 rows containing 6 charm squares each. After the 6 rows are made up, simply sew them together to complete the middle.
Next, attach the border. Begin by sewing the 2 (4” x 28”) pieces. One on each side of the center piece. On the remaining top and bottom place the 2 (4” x 34”) pieces.
Once the border is on you can place your applique pieces where you like and iron them in place.
Now that the appliqué pieces are stable you can stitch around them. I prefer a very small, tight zig zag stitch with a coordinating thread but feel free to experiment! Use a fun decorative stitch on your machine or do a little hand stitching!
QUILT AND BIND:
Now that your quilt is pieced, colored and appliquéd you can quilt it as you wish and follow up with the binding.
MAKE AND ATTACH THE TAG ALONG HANDLE:
Take the 4” x 8” fabric piece and fusible interfacing and iron together. Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Next, fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew sides together and turn right sides out. This will form a tube. Iron flat.
Yeah! You are done! Enjoy your new blanket whether it’s for your own wee one or a gift for someone else!