9 Dec
How to Hand Sew a Quilt

How to Hand Sew a Quilt

Quilts and duvets are great for the colder months. They’re stuffed with batting, so they’re heavier and warmer than normal blankets (though a bit harder to wash.) Quilting, a rather old art, also makes good use of the bits of cloth that you don’t need any more. You can get bits of quilting material from leftover clippings from older projects, old clothes, cloth keepsakes, and more. Part of the charm of a quilt is the pattern that different bits of cloth stitched together creates. This makes it great for recycling projects. Though it might be tempting to start off with a king-sized quilt, but it’s probably better to start off with a lap quilt, to get the feel of quilting. All you need, aside from the swatches of fabric for the top of the quilt, is a sheet of quilt backing as large as your finished quilt, and some batting to stuff the quilt with.

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30 Nov
Pre-washing Fabric

Pre-washing Fabric

Going to the fabric store is a lot of fun (and a lot of spending). Once you’ve gotten home, it can be difficult to resist the urge to start cutting and sewing right away, but you need to resist. Before you do anything else, you’ll need to pre-wash and launder your fabric, as well as keep it from unravelling.

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