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How to Improve Your Handmade and Homemade Baby Quilts

Handmade baby quilts are made with love, care, and attention to detail. the tips will enhance your quilting process and the joy your get from creating these unique one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

  • Pre-wash and machine dry all fabrics before sewing your handmade baby crib quilt and the durable quilt binding
  • Use Woolite to wash handmade baby crib quilts.
  • Do not use fabric softener; it decreases absorbency ofhandmade baby quilts Handmade baby crib quilts should be sized so that the quilt backing does not have to be pieced (no larger than 35 x 45″)
  • Consider the time available and amount of use the baby quilt will receive before your choose the type of quilt binding you plan to make.
  • Never use embellishments, such as ribbons, buttons, string, etc. on handmade baby crib quilts. These are choking hazards.
  • Use a hard surface to iron your blocks instead of a regular ironing board pad. Start with a piece of plywood cut to desired size. Use a staple gun to attach a layer of cotton batting topped with a layer of material. Your seams will be a lot crisper and flatter for your handmade baby quilt. You can make an instant surface with a couple of yards of fabric folded and then iron on freezer paper.
  • However much time you think it will take to make your handmade baby quilt…double it. Remember handsewing of the quilt binding takes time too.
  • Divide your stash by color. It is much easier to find that color you are looking for later on when you go begin a new baby quilt.
  • Sometimes you are creating blocks with a lot of bias and they are a bit out of shape. Cut freezer paper in the measurement of the unfinished block and use a Sharpie to put a little color on the edges. The color makes it easy to see the outline of the freezer paper if your board cover is light. Iron the shiny side down on your ironing board. Pin your out-of-shape block to the ironing board using the freezer paper as a guide. Use your steam setting to “block” the quilt block back into shape.
  • Use a natural wool pin cushion so that the pins resist rusting,especially in humid conditions.
  • Tape the cap from a ball point pen to the side of your sewing machine. Use it to store your seam ripper (not that you will ever need it!!)
  • When piecing blocks, nestle the seams into each other for perfect intersections. If the seam was ironed in the “wrong” direction, then flip it so it can nestle into the other seam.
  • Use a pipe cleaner around the tiny place in your bobbin case. Be sure to fold the pipe cleaner at least one inch so that the metal center doesn’t do any damage.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Hand-quilt with your friends.
  • Don’t hand-quilt when you are tired.

Have Fun!

Check out these videos demonstrating quilting techniques for handmade & homemade baby crib quilts!

how to improve your handmade baby quilts


Following these basic beginning steps of hand quilting, such as how to thread and knot your needle, and how to tie, hide and secure the end knot. These simple yet important concepts will improve your handmade baby quilt and all your quilting projects.




Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts and quilt binding:

This is a simple and tidy way to tie a small knot used for hand quilting. You want your knot to be small so that it easily pops through the top and middle layers and is hidden between these layers and no longer visible.

Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts and the quilt binding:

Hand quilting starts by tying a knot at the end of the thread, leaving a tail about 1/4 inch long. Insert the needle into the top fabric and the batting, about 1/2″ away from where you want to start stitching. Do not go through to the back. Pull the needle up through the top where you want your first stitch to begin. Pull thread through gently but firmly until you see, feel, or hear the knot pop through the top and into the batting. Rock your needle back and forth gently making your stitches as small and as even as possible. This is shown in the video with the right hand. The left hand is under the quilt, palm up. The fingers on that hand push up against the quilt. The bottom of the hoop rests on the ribcage and the left edge of the hoop sits in the crook of the left arm. The left hand is not grasping the hoop. It is underneath to help with the stitching.

Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts and quilt binding:

Tie a strong knot to secure thread in the needle, doubling if desired. Learn to secure a knot and tie off thread to hand sew stitches from a fashion designer in this free sewing video.

Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts:

How to make a baby crib quilt and get expert tips and advice on making a handmade quilt in this free instructional video, including fabric selection, design, quilt binding and backing.

Handmade & Homemade baby crib quilts and quilt binding:

This demonstration video shows perfectly how to tie off your thread or come to the end of the space where you are hand quilting.

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