Modern Baby Playmat with Denim Backing: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates

Hey it’s Vanessa for Crafty Gemini Creates.

And in this video tutorial I’m going to teach you how to make this really cute BabyPlaymat quilt.

It finishes about 30 inches by 40 inches so it’s a good size to layout for picnics as well because I like to back my picnic quilts with denim fabric onthe back.

It’s a lot sturdier.

It holds up better, but you still end up with a lightweightquilt.

So let’s get started.

And start with the blocks that we’re making.

These arerail fence blocks.

And they’re super simple to make.

We’re using a pre-cut fabric.

Thiscollection is called Melbourne by Benartex.

And they’re super easy to make so let’sget started with the blocks first.

And then we’ll get into the backing and how I’mfinishing the quilt.

Because this project, you’ll be able to complete it yourself frombeginning to end.

So no longarmer needed.

You don’t have to play around with freemotion quilting.

We’re actually going to use a hand tying technique that is reallysimple and gets the job done.

So let’s get started with the strips.

HereI’m using the Melbourne collection in the colorway called Ocean.

It is really pretty.

And for each strip set that we’re going to create, to then cut our blocks from, we’reusing five of the strips.

These strips measure 2 ½ inches wide.

And they come the lengthof the width of the fabric, the whole measurement.

And so we’re going to pick out five fromthe collection.

Because you’re working with a collection, you know that everything isgoing to match.

You don’t have to worry about matching colors, contrasting, anythinglike that.

So we are going to do here is I like to pick fabrics that kind of have somecontrast within the collection themselves.

So this would be my light and then a darknext to it so it pops.

Then I have another light, right? So this fabric is a light nextto this one and next to the other one.

So then I come with a dark again and then anotherlight.

So if you alternate them like that I think it adds more visual interest becauseof the contrast in the colors.

But we all know the strips in the entire strip pack aregoing to match.

So just pick out five.

And then you’re just going to sew them togetheralong the width of the fabric.

Ok, right here, here, here so you end up with all five stripsthe entire width of the fabric.

After we have that, because I have a samplealready made for you all here, you’re going to end up with a strip set that looks likethis.

And this is the same collection.

This is Melbourne but the colorway is called Play.

So it’s real pretty.

And we have our five strips here.

Now if you used your scant quarterinch seam allowance this should measure 10 ½ inches in the height with all the fivestrips here.

So let me grab my big ruler.

So the next thing you have to do is cut outyour squares.

And to cut out the squares we measure.

We’re going to cut it so it’sa square.

They’re all equal on all sides.

So if from here to here measures 10 ½ inchesfor me, I now need to cut from here to here 10 ½ inches so I end up with a perfect square.

And I’m going to do that here with my big 12 ½ inch ruler.

It makes it real easy.

Andmy rotary cutter.

And there you go.

Now if your strip set lines up correctly from onefull strip set, the width of the fabric, you should be able to cut our four blocks.

Andyou’re going to repeat that three times.

So total you’re using 15 strips.

Five forthe first set.

Then five more, and then five more.

And that’s all you need to make thissize of a quilt, ok? After you cut out all your blocks, then you can go back and you’regoing to arrange them in whatever order you want.

If you have a design wall, it’s reallyhelpful to kind of rearrange the blocks in place then take a step back and look to seehow the fabric lines like each print is going with each other.

If you need to switch a block, move it around.

So a design wall is really helpful for that.

But otherwise again, you’reusing the same collection so everything is going to match.

And then what I like to dois to line them up alternating.

So we have our strips going horizontally here.

What Ido is I have one with the strip set going horizontal and then the one next to it, I’llswitch it so the strips are now going vertical.

And then I’ll alternate it again so thenext one over is going horizontal.

And that’s how you get some more visual interest in thedesign of the quilt.

And then you’re just going to layer these up, right? Three acrossin four rows.

And that’s how you end up with your entire quilt top.

It’s super simpleto make.

Once you do all that, I’m going to showyou on a smaller sample that I have created here for you, just for the purposes of thisvideo.

We’ve gone ahead and sewn up four blocks.

And you can see that still alternatethem, vertical, horizontal and this side going horizontal and then vertical.

So what I’vedone here is I’ve layered it up to make my quilt sandwich to get ready for quilting, right? But we’re going to tie this quilt actually.

But the batting that I’m usingis Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton in their request weight.

That’s their thinnest weightand if you look at this, it really is thin.

If you live in a hot climate like I do, Ilive in Florida.

It gets really hot.

We still love quilts but we need them to be a lot morelightweight than somewhat traditional quilts.

This batting is amazing.

It’s a dream tohandstitch through.

Machine quilting.

I really like it.

Especially since we’re adding adenim fabric for the backing which is going to be heavier than your regular quilting cottons.

So this denim on the back that we’re using is called Crossroads Denim.

And this stuffis amazing.

I use it for embroidering through it.

Hand quilting.

It just is a dream to workwith.

And if you’re going to be making a playmat like this or making it as a picnicquilt, it really works great because it will hold up on grass, on sand.

And it just isa stronger weight, right? So this Crossroads Denim comes in about 18 different colors.

So remember that there’s a link in the video description box where you can click and you’llsee on the page all the supplies and materials that I’m using in this tutorial.

And thatway you know where you can get it, alright? So we’ve layered this up and the way I’vedone this is I’ve cut a piece of batting just a little bit bigger than the quilt top.

And then the backing a little bit bigger as well.

It doesn’t have to be a lot biggerbecause we’re going to be hand tying it.

We’re not sending it off to a longarmerso we don’t need more fabric waste on the edges, ok.

To baste this into place I liketo use a spray basting product called KK2000.

It’s made by Sulky.

And you’re just goingto spray the layers.

So first thing I do is layer it out on top of the batting.

Once Ihave it in position I will just pull back half of it.

Spray it with the basting spray.

Lay down that half and smooth it out.

And then repeat the other side.

It’s a lot easierdoing it that way than trying to lift up the entire thing and stick it down.

So that’sa quick quilting tip there for you.

Then go ahead and baste the backing to the back sideof the batting as well.

Now for hand tying it this is so easy.

Anybodycan finish a quilt like this, ok? The first thing you want to do is grab an embroideryneedle and some embroidery floss.

You can also use yarn.

You can use pearl cotton, whateveryou want.

And I’m going to reach in here to my needle book and grab a needle that I’vethreaded already.

And actually this is another tutorial that we have right here on the CraftyGemini Creates channel.

This is my little needle book.

So if you want to learn how tomake this stay tuned until the end of the video and we’ll link you right to this tutorial.

Alright so let’s grab our needle.

Here it is all threaded.

And I’m using this reallypretty teal color.

You can see that it’s darker than something on the fabric and Ithink that’s going to help make the little ties pop a little bit more so that will befun.

Now I’ve threaded an embroidery needle with the floss but I tie no knots.

So youcan do a nice long tail on it, really nice and long with no knots.

So to get started, before we can decide how far apart we’re going to do these ties, you want to make surethat you look at the packaging for the batting for the manufacturer that you know whateverbatting that you’re using.

It will tell you right on the packaging how far apart yourquilting can be.

And so you want to use that as your guide.

This particular batting sayswe can quilt up to eight inches apart.

So if you wanted to you can go with your rulerand measure and make some marks in there.

But I like to just decide, ok my blocks areten inches and so we’re going to do two along the middle, two at the intersection, two here.

And you know that’s going to be plenty.

Alright so to tie the quilt we’re goingto get started with the floss, no knot on it.

I’m going to come in from the top partand go in.

And I’m going to take a stitch.

I have about a quarter inch between wheremy needle went in and where it’s coming out.

And I’m just going to pull it through.

And don’t pull it all the way through because remember you don’t have a knot so it’snot going to hold for you.

So pull it until you have about a 2 ½ , three inches or soof thread there.

And I’m using all six strands of the embroidery floss here just so you know.

I like a nice thick tie.

And then we’re going to come in again.

Here’s my needle, I’m going to come right back in, right under here where I initially went in.

And then I’mgoing to come back out right under where I initially came out.

So you’re essentiallyjust doing one round through all three layers.

And you are making sure to catch the battingand the backing of the fabric, ok? And when you bring it over, you can see when I tightenit, it’s like a little tack in place.

But I have a tail here and a tail here.

Now I’llcut it.

And these two tails you’re going to tie a double knot.

So just tie it once, and you can tighten it a little bit because the fabric is still going to go ahead andrelax a little bit.

Just try not to cinch it in too much so you get a little puckerin the quilt top.

And you’re going to tie a double knot like that.

And then you cango back and trim this away.

I like to leave it at about an inch high just so you get likea cute little tie like that.

So just to show you one more time, I’m going to come overhere in the green.

Maybe the color will pop a little bit more for you.

We’re going tocome in from the top, come out about a quarter of an inch over, making sure you that wentthrough all the layers.

Leave a little tail.

Come in under where you initially went in.

Come out where you initially went out.

Pull that little tack into place.

Trim it and thentie your double knot.

This is so easy and a great way to finish this quilt.

On a babysize quilt like that with three blocks by four, it won’t take you more than 30 or40 minutes to do the entire thing.

And then we trim it down to one inch.

And that’sit.

So you just continue to do that in a couple different spots on each block and around yourentire quilt.

And let me show you how the back of it looks on the denim.

So you cansee all the little tacks.

It’s really cute.

It’s nice and finished.

You don’t haveanything that’s sticking out in the back.

And it still has a nice smooth finish.

Now for the binding I just ahead and usedthe same strips that we had.

So out of one of these rolls of fabrics of the 2 ½ inchstrips, you can make two quilts this size and you’ll still have strips leftover.

Forthe binding, I needed four of the 2 ½ inch strips.

So I just pieced them together likeyou would your binding strips.

And I like to use to put on a scrappy binding.

So youcan see right here how this blue print goes into this green one.

It comes around.

I havea different one here.

So just use four strips.

Put them together and just bind your quiltlike you normally would.

A real simple project that I hope you all will enjoy.

And that you’llgive it a try.

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