A few months ago, a good friend of mine found out she was expecting baby number 4. Both of us being sewers, we immediately talked about what to make for baby. I asked her if there was anything I could make and she said a quilt.
A few weeks later when she found out she was having a boy and she sent a few pics my way of what kind of quilt she wanted. A triangle quilt it was! They are quite the rage at the moment :) We discussed colors, to use batting or not, and size. She decided on the above colors with a stripey binding; no batting (since she lives in Florida which is a rather warm state); big enough to cover the crib mattress for when it transitions into a toddler bed.
I went to the store and bought some fabric and made a quilt. I had done some measurements wrong and it wasn't quite wide enough and I just wasn't digging that color scheme, so I went back and bought more fabric and adjusted the size. This is what came of it. I'm going to share how I made it in case anyone is interested. I'm not a super quilter or anything and there might be better ways to do some of these things, but I like to live and learn with my sewing :) and this is how I did it.
Supplies to create a crib sized quilt ( measures roughly 42" x 60")
I can say for sure, you will need 2 yards for the backing (with no extra, I just added that extra triangle line for interest) and .5 yards for the binding. The rest just depends. Here is a breakdown of what I used and I had some leftover, but it's good to have a bit extra just in case you need it.
Gray (2 yards used for backing and .5 for front) 2.5 yards
White 3/4 yard
Khaki 3/4 yard
Yellow .5 yard
Peach .5 yard
Green .5 yard
Blue 3/4 yard
Orange .5 yard
Striped Fabric for binding .5 yard
I didn't use any batting, but I'm sure there is a crib sized one that would work, or you just buy one that is bigger and cut it down to size.
The triangles will be 6.5" high and 6" wide at the bottom. There will be 11 rows of 17 whole triangles, where as the two on the edge will be cut in half during the trimming process.
The binding needs to be 180" long and 2.5" wide (or width of your preference). I will not share a tutorial on how to make this as there are tons out there already. Simple search "how to make quilt binding" and you will find many ways to determine which one fits you. I will show how I cut mine though, as I did not do it on the bias which might require more fabric.
Other supplies I used:
-Dark gray thread
Other supplies I used:
-Dark gray thread
Cutting the fabric:
To cut the triangles, I started with my fabric piece and starched it. This helps keep its shape a lot. Trust me. I didn't do it on the first and noticed a big difference.
I folded it in half (this is where is was folded on the bolt).
Then I folded it again in the same direction.
And then one more time.
Next, it was time to get rid of the terrible unmatched ends.
Using the equipment you have, trim off the uneven edges so it's even.
Then go down the folded piece of fabric and cut in 6.5" pieces all the way down.
Get as many pieces cut out of it as you can.
Stack them and put them to the side and do this with all the fabric pieces you are using for your triangles.
Once that is all done, open up one piece so that it is folded in half only.
I placed the folded side on the edge of my cutting board and angled the ruler from one bottom corner to 3 inches over on the top. Then I cut along the edge with rotary cutter to get my first triangle. (note: it will be folded in half ;)
Then I continued cutting triangles, but now the fabric isn't folded, so it needs to be the whole triangle size. I made the angle so that there were six inches across at the bottom and it hit 3 inches over at the top.
Continue cutting triangle like this until the end.
When you get to the end, you will have some extra usually. So you might just want to cut half triangles to use on a different project. Maybe make a matching pillow or use on the backing.
Now lay them all out on the floor for how you want them to go. I just randomly placed them pleasing to the eye. This pic above was from the first quilt I did. You will need to have 11 rows of 17 WHOLE triangles in each. We will do the trimming at the end instead. I just forgot to take pics of this part on the 2nd quilt.
Once they are all laid out, I stacked them in order and then put a sticky note for which row it was. I made sure to start with the same end on each row so it all matched up how I wanted it to.
Then stack them however you like and take them to sew.
Sewing Quilt Top:
Sew the triangles in a row together, about 1/4" seam allowance. I did mine a tad smaller though. Make sure to keep them in order. Once done, press open the seams with iron. Do not actually slide iron along. Just hold it down and pick it up to press. This helps it keep its shape better for matching up the rows later.
I kept the note with which row it was on each one so I didn't misplace one. Keep in order while sewing the rows together.
Now start to sew the rows together.
Start by pinning rows 1 and 2 together, making sure the triangle ends meet each other.
Once sewn, press open the seam.
Next sew rows 3 and 4 together.
Then 5 and 6.
Then 7 and 8.
Then 9 and 10.
Then sew 11 onto 10.
Then sew the first group (1&2) to (3&4). Sew (5&6) to (7&8).
Sew (5,6,7,8) to (9, 10, 11).
Then finally sew (1,2,3,4) to (5,6,7,8,9,10,11).
This helps keep the rows straighter as opposed to just sewing them all together starting from 1 and working on down.
The top is almost done :)
Now trim the edges. Just even them out two at a time.
Looking good :)
Making a Quilt Sandwich:
Next place the backing down on the floor, wrong side facing up. You only need the 2 yard piece. If using batting, add that next. Then place the triangle top on top of that, right side facing up. Pin the three layers (or 2 in my case) together as you prefer.
Next, I sewed above and below each rows seam only (width wise). You could do more, but this was good enough I felt.
Then to keep it in place, I also sewed down the top and bottom edge to the backing. Then I finished by trimming the backing that was poking out on the sides.
Cutting the Binding:
I then cut my strips for the binding by folding my 1/2 yard in half. I cut 2.5" strips and sewed them together. Again, find a good tutorial you like on how to do this part as there are many methods. I hand sewed it to the back though. I just can't quite do that part with machine sewing yet :)
When it's all done, I like to throw it in the washer to help it get started with that crinkly comfy look. That is one of my favorite parts about quilts.
So there you have it! It was fun to make and a great learning experience for me. I can't wait to get this to baby Jude :)