Every Fourth of July, our family heads down to the little festival and firework display put on by our city. In the past, I’ve always brought along an old comforter for everyone to sit on while hang out and wait for the fireworks. This year, I decided to get a little fancy and make a special picnic quilt out of red white and blue bandannas. (Plus it’s only June 24th, how ahead of the game and I, the procrastinator extraordinaire?)
I’m so happy to be share this super simple quilt project as part of the Awesome Red White Blue Series over at Sugar Bee Crafts – be sure to check out all the other amazing projects over there!
This is an great cheater method to make a quick little quilt! It’s different from the cheater method I used on this quilt. Since no binding is needed, it has a very casual look and comes together in just a few hours.
I do wish I had thought a little bit more ahead when planning the colors of the quilt. It is double sided, so I could have done the back side in different color bandannas so the quilt could be used for different occasions. (Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20 right?)
To make this quilt, you will need:
- 18 Bandannas (9 per side make a very good size picnic quilt)
- Quilt Batting
- Safety pins
- Scissors, ruler, Basic sewing supplies
1. Start by laying out your bandannas into a pleasing pattern.
Next, line up the bandannas right sides together and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Sew all the bandannas together in a row and then sew the rows together. Don’t stress too much about lining the bandannas up perfectly or matching up corners, because this will not happen! Bandannas are never cut straight!
Go ahead and sew the bandannas together for the other quilt side and iron all the seams flat. (You really could just stop here and have an adorable tablecloth to use for your family celebrations. Like my bandanna tablecloths here.)
Lay one side of the quilt flat on the ground with the wrong side up and top with the quilt batting. If you need to trim the quilt batting to fit, be sure to leave 3 to 4 inches around the entire quilt in case the bandannas or batting shift when quilting.
Use safety pins and pin the quilt batting in place. Sew a couple of quilting lines down the quilt to hold the batting in place. Remove all the pins.
Lay the quilt back out on the floor with the batting side down and and place the 2nd quilt side on top with the wrong side facing up.
Sew along the edges, leaving a 10 inch opening so you can flip the quilt right side out.
Trim the edges to a scant 1/4 inch.
Flip the quilt right side out.
Hand or machine sew the opening closed. You could iron the edges flat and topstitch around the edges, though I chose not to do this…
Add a couple more lines of quilting to hold the quilt front and back in place. You can really do as much or as little quilting as you want. You are done!
I haven’t washed the quilt yet, I want to get to the store and pick up some more of the shout color catchers for the first few washes. They really do work and I want to be double sure the red bandannas don’t turn the white bandannas pink!
My “assistant” could not wait to give the quilt a test run…
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