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:
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.
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.
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!
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.