What is keeping you busy this time of year? What scenarios would an easy dinner solution like this one work out for your family?
I’m looking forward to absolutely wearing this bandanna quilt out until it is thread bare. Would you like to make one for your family? Today I’ll show you how to make your own bandanna quilt to keep in your car for these impromptu moments. Don’t worry, if you don’t know how to quilt or don’t feel like attempting it this time I have an option for you too.
Bandanna Picnic Quilt Tutorial
I’m not a master quilter, in fact, I’m self taught. Or Pinterest taught? 😉 Those who have been quilting for decades would probably cringe on how I make my quilts, but that’s ok. They come together fairly quickly and I think I do ok with my little sewing machine instead of investing in a fancy quilting machine.
- For beginners: If you don’t want to tackle a quilt, just sew your bandannas together and press the back seams open. You have an instant picnic tablecloth or light blanket to use on the grass! This takes about an hour.
- For those a bit more adventurous: Grab 5 yards of fabric or a queen size sheet, OR sew more bandannas together to create a backing for your quilt! Sandwich batting in between, add a few quilting lines, and bind the edges. I’ll show you how! Since you are using 22″ bandannas for your quilt top you don’t have to cut or measure squares. This cuts out so much time and makes this a project that you can complete in a day. Mine was finished in 3 1/2 hours. If you tie your quilt instead of quilting it you can finish it in about 2 hours.
Supplies for a 16 bandanna quilt:
16 (22″) bandannas
Fabric for quilt backing (about 5 yards)
1 yard coordinating fabric for quilt binding
Step 1. Iron each bandanna open so that all of the folds are smooth.
Step 4. Sew all 4 rows together. Iron seams open.
Step 5. Cut out a piece of batting the same size as your quilt top.
Step 6. Cut out a piece of fabric/sheet, slightly larger than your quilt top for the backing. If you use 5 yards of fabric for the backing, you will need to cut it in to 2 (2 1/2 yard) sections and sew a seam up the center to create a backing wide enough, and it will still be tight. Finding an inexpensive queen sized sheet would be a great solution. If you use a queen size sheet it will be wide enough to not have to sew a center seam.
Step 8. Quilting can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. If you don’t want to quilt at all, you can tie your quilt with small knots of yard in the center and corner of each square. This would take about 30 minutes. You can find a great tutorial for how to do that here.
To quilt your squares: I use my sewing machine and my a walking foot attachment that feeds the fabric into the machine evenly. I also keep to simple quilt designs.
The more quilting your quilt has, the flatter it will be, but it also takes time to free motion quilt a quilt this size or to quilt any sort of pattern. I just wanted something to keep the batting secure, so quick and easy was the route I picked.
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