HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 2)

How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 2). Do you want to involve the children in your life with your quilting? Involving the little people in your life into quilting can be so much fun. Last Friday, the grand (age 4) informed me very seriously that two of her “babies” did not have quilts. What is a grandma to do? Help the grand and her babies by doing a kid project – How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 2).

See Part 1 here for other photos and more directions: https://indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-1/

Note: These two doll quilts are intended to be used hard. They are well made, but not intended to have a long life span.

Can two doll quilts actually be done in a day with “help” from the little person? Yes, but don’t expect perfection or getting much else done.

In the post for Part 1 (see link above) we got one doll quilt done in the morning and had stopped to make mac and cheese for lunch (yep, the homemade stuff that is really cheesy and tastes wonderful on a cold day).

Step 1: Supplies

30 4″ squares

Enough fabric for 4″ wide borders (I had a little over half a yard)

Fleece cut bigger than the completed top

I had a bunch of left-over 4″ blocks from another project. The grand picked the red and purple blocks she liked for the rows. She also picked the Minnie Mouse border fabric. There was only 1/2 of a yard so it would have to be cut exactly to have enough. A piece of pink fleece would serve as both the batting and backing.

Here are the blocks sewn together:

All the blocks in the doll quilt sewn together.

Step 2: Sewing the blocks together

I machine sewed the completed “top” of blocks on each row to “quilt” it. This could also be done when sewing the rows together – I just like the stitching on the top where I can see it for these small projects.

My helper pulls out the pins as that part of the top comes through the machine and puts them in a magnetic cup. This is “her job” and she does it very well.

The grand-daughter pulling pins out of the doll quilt top as we sew.
The grand pulling out pins at the back side of the sewing machine.

Step 3: Borders

After machine quilting each row, lay the border on one side, sew it down, and fold over so the right side is out. On this quilt, I added a 4″ wide borders. I sew borders on opposite sides – in this case, I sewed the borders on the top and bottom. Then I sewed the borders on the two sides of the doll quilt.

HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 2)

Step 4: Binding

The self binding is simply folding the half inch of fleece over the top and zig-zag stitching down.

It took about two hours to complete this doll quilt by following the directions here and at part 1: https://indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-1/

The grand-daughter is pretty happy with another finished doll quilt. This one also somewhat matches one she and I made for her a month or so back – red and purple blocks with the same Minnie Mouse fabric as the border. Can’t beat having matching quilts!

Happy grand with second doll quilt made in a day.

Finished size: 27.5″ x 24.5″.

Hopefully this post, “How to Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1 & 2)” helps you make a quick and fun project for the little person in your life.

Other ideas for kid projects:

https://indianaquilter40.com/kid-project-button-quilt/

https://swoodsonsays.com/easy-quilt-projects-for-kids/

HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 1)

Do you want to involve the children in your life with your quilting? Yes, the projects and time have to be planned but involving the little people in your life into quilting can be so much fun. Last Friday, the grand (age 4) informed me very seriously that two of her “babies” did not have quilts. What is a grandma to do? Help the grand and her babies by doing a kid project – How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1).

Note: These two doll quilts are intended to be used hard. They are well made, but not intended to have a long life span.

Can two doll quilts actually be done in a day with “help” from the little person? Yes, but in my case it took a little cheating to cut off some time.

Step 1: Fabric.

I had a section of leftover bright blocks already sewn together. I let her pick the border fabric, so flamingos are the border. There was only 1/3 of a yard so it would have to be cut exactly to have enough. A piece of pink fleece would serve as both the batting and backing.

Supplies for this doll quilt: 3″ squares, one-third yard of flamingo fabric for border, and one piece of pink fleece 31″ x 23″.

Supplies for  How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1).
Supplies: pink fleece, flamingo border fabric, left over sewn together 3″ blocks.

Step 2: Cutting and sewing

Do the math to cut the fleece bigger than what you will need to include the blocks, border, and self binding. Once fleece is cut, center the (in this case) already sewn together blocks on it. We decided to machine quilt down the seams in one direction. This involved pinning, which she wanted to help with.

Pinning the top to the backing.
The grand “helping” pin the top to the fleece backing.
Close up of pinning.
One row machine quilted, and the next row pinned.
Ready to machine quilt the next row -  How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1).
Ready to machine quilt the next row.

As the sewn part goes through the machine, the grand pulls out the pins and puts them in a magnetic cup. The grand has done this so much that she is very good at it and she has stuck herself enough that now she remembers to always pull the pins out by the head. She has also been taught to never put her fingers close to the machine needle.

The grand-daughter helping with her doll quilt.
The grand is on the sewing table behind the machine pulling pins and putting in a magnetic cup.

Step 3: Borders

After machine quilting each row, lay the border on one side, sew it down, and fold over so the right side is out. I did a 2.5″ border on two sides and a 4.5″ border on the other two sides – using up the entire one third yard (whoo-hoo, no left over scraps).

Border pinned to fleece
Fabrics right sides together and pinned to fleece.
Blocks with border sewn on.
Border sewn on.

I sew borders on opposite sides – in this case, I sewed the 2.5″ borders on the top and bottom. Then I sewed the 4.5″ borders on the two sides of the doll quilt.

Step 4: Binding

Then I marked a half inch all the way around the top on the fleece (in this case with a blue ball point pen). Cut on the mark all the way around. The half inch of fleece will become the binding.

Half inch mark on fleece.
Marked half inch on fleece.

The self binding is simply folding the half inch of fleece over the top and zig-zag stitching down.

Close up of corner binding for - How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1). .
Corner folded over and sewn down.
Reverse side of HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 1)
Reverse side of doll quilt showing machine quilting.

It took about two hours to complete this doll quilt by following the directions here: How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1). We had it done in time to make homemade mac and cheese for lunch.

Finished size is 28.5″ x 20.5″.

 Grand showing off her complete quilt. HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 1)
The grand with her completed flamingo doll quilt.

Hopefully this post, “How to Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1)” helps you make a quick and fun project for the little person in your life.

Other ideas for kid projects:

https://indianaquilter40.com/kid-project-button-quilt

https://swoodsonsays.com/easy-quilt-projects-for-kids/

https://www.quiltingcompany.com/kids-are-quilting-5-things-are-learned-teaching-kids-to-quilt-quilty-pleasures-blog/

KID PROJECT – BUTTON QUILT

Kid Project: Button Quilt

Kid Project: Button Quilt – We all know children who like to “help” us as we quilt, or want to do something like we are doing.

This is a super easy and non-threatening way to teach basic sewing skills, cutting/dexterity, hand and eye coordination, multiplication, and measuring. Squares, borders, and final size can be adjusted for your child and project.

Daughter (H) was 9 when we did this project – button quilt. I used the rotary cutter to cut 64 blocks. She sewed the blocks together, and added the cat fabric border. I did the binding. She then sewed her favorite buttons (by hand) onto the white squares with thread that matched the buttons.

Kid Project: Button Quilt

We home schooled our kids K – 12, and found out early that quilting was a great way to teach basic math skills. We measure, divide, multiply, subtract, and add to figure out sizes of pieces, blocks, and entire quilts. There is also the colors, and shapes.

Advice for helping the kids in your life quilt: Keep it simple and fun. Let the child pick the fabric and keep the sewing instructions simple.

She entered the Kid Project: Button Quilt in the local county fair (4-H project) and the local quilt show. It got praise and ribbons both places. That is a great confidence builder, especially for a child.

Currently she makes clothes for herself and her daughter. She will help me with all the cutting, ironing, and sewing steps of a quilt top and it makes for a great “girl” day.

Finished size is 28″ square.

Cotton fabric and wool batting. Buttons that were her favorites at the time.

Daughter showing off quilt.
She wanted a photo of herself with the quilt in front of the Christmas tree.

This quilt my son and I made:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/four-patch_17.html

Some more ideas for quilting with kids:

https://swoodsonsays.com/easy-quilt-projects-for-kids/

https://www.quiltingcompany.com/kids-are-quilting-5-things-are-learned-teaching-kids-to-quilt-quilty-pleasures-blog/

Clip art - variety of buttons