If you want to sew a patchwork blanket yourself, then you are in the right place! Our team has put together the most important steps for you and collected simple sewing ideas. The end product is a cuddly blanket for the long winter evenings or a soft picnic blanket for the summer days.
Cute red patchwork blanket
First, you should choose the right fabrics. The cotton is perfect for your DIY project! There are three possibilities:
To sew a blanket out of fabric scraps.
To buy a special patchwork fabric - it is available in small pieces.
Some substances to cut into pieces.
If you've been into sewing a lot, you'll probably have enough scraps left over that you do not want to throw away. Now it's time to recycle the bigger pieces. One drawback is that the pattern of the patchwork quilt depends on a limited selection. However, if you are creative enough, you can use the colorful pieces to create an art object. An advantage of the special patchwork fabrics is that they do not require cutting. In addition, they are matched in a packet of color and pattern. As disadvantageous one considers that no original motives can be created. It is hard work, however, that all pieces are cut out of a single fabric. In this case, you work with a template, with which you cut out the pieces evenly. In this way, you can let your imagination run free and choose the fabrics and motifs yourself.
Blanket with beautiful floral patterns
When choosing the fabric you should note that the material is suitable for a patchwork quilt. Jersey fabrics, corduroy and denim are too thick to be sewn together. If you want to use such fabrics, they make uneven wrinkles that hate the project. As I said, cotton is the best material for a blanket. We recommend choosing high quality fabrics for sewing. Otherwise, the blanket tears easily and is not so durable.
Picnic blanket for the whole family
Before we give you the cutting instructions, we want to return your attention to the choice of fabrics. First, answer the question for whom you are sewing the patchwork quilt. Is she a picnic blanket for the whole family, a baby blanket or a cover? After the function different motives are preferred. Childlike motifs are suitable for the baby, and colorful for a picnic.
The step-by-step guide begins:
First step (if you have purchased finished patchwork fabrics, skip this step): Create a cardboard pattern for the small pieces of patchwork. For the pieces take the dimensions of 15 × 15 or 10 × 10. If the ceiling does not have to be square, a rectangle with dimensions of 15 × 10 also fits. First, draw the squares with a textile marker on the fabric. Then cut out with a craft knife or scissors.
Pieces for a patchwork blanket
Second step: Make a plan of what your patchwork pattern looks like. First, draw a scheme of how the pieces must be ordered. That requires a bit of imagination. If you do not feel like it, you can download a plan from Internet. However, this does not correspond to their unique fabric selection. Maybe you have so many pieces that you do not use any of them twice. Then go to the next step.
Create a plan!
step 3: Arrange all pieces according to the scheme on the floor or on the bed. This will tell you if the pattern is beautiful. Now make changes if something is not harmonious. Transfer the new data to the scheme because the pieces mingle if you move them involuntarily. That's why your perfect plan can fall into the water.
A cozy blanket
Step 4: Take the first two pieces from the first row. Put the first piece, then fold the second one over. If the parts have a pattern, be careful that it is not mirrored horizontally. Attach the pieces with pins, making sure the squares fit together well. Finally, start sewing. Repeat until the whole series is finished.
A picture of how to fasten the two parts!
Step 5: Iron each row to make the seams flat. This makes the next steps easier. One suggestion would be to iron every two rows in different directions. This way, the pieces will fit better together as you continue to sew.
A blanket like hardwood floor
Step 6: First, pin each of both rows that will be together. Again, one row must lie on the front and the other folded down. Second, sew the pieces together as shown above.
Still colorful leaves on a blanket
That way you have the blanket ready! If desired, you can quilt or just use them. Gather many more ideas in our post. In the picture gallery you will discover suggestions for patterns, order of pieces. In addition, we show many examples of how to use the blanket.