Here’s an easy way to make a “3×3” quilt, which can be a fun and easy gift to make for a friend or family member. Here’s a pic of how mine turned out, and step-by-step instructions of how I made it!
- 3 Yards of Cotton Fabric: I used – 1 ½ yards Printed (for the front) and 1 1/2 Solid (for the back)
- 2 Yard of Quality Quilting Batting
- Thread – Matching the fabric of your choice
- Yard Stick – or a 12 inch ruler (works but it takes more time)
- Marking Pencil – Washable Marking Marker (Crayola washable markers work well for this also)
Place the solid or back piece of fabric right side down and measure to make sure that it is 3X3
Next you will do the same for the batting – 2 – 3X3 pieces
Do the same thing for the Printed or top piece of fabric
At this point, you will have 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of batting that all measure 3X3
Step 1 : Place bottom (Back) piece of fabric face down – lay your quilting right on top of it – than lay your top (front) piece of fabric face up on top of the batting – pin in place – sew all around the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 2: Measuring the Inside Squares
Using your yard stick measure and line 4 inch squares (or you can do more squares if you wish) – I marked the back it was easier to see than trying to see a line on the print
Step 3: Following the Lines
Sew each line – now you have a piece of fabric that has 4 inch squares
Step 4: Binding
The total length will be 12 ½ feet to 13 feet long. Taking the extra fabric:
Cut 4 inch strips out of the fabric that you used for the back of your quilt
Cut 2 inch strips out of the fabric that you used for the front of your quilt
Starting with the 4 inch strips you will need to sew them together – Place them together so that they form an upside down L and sew at a 45 degree angle – Cut leaving a ¼ in seam allowance – discard
NOTE: when doing this with solid colored fabric be careful seam is always on the same side
Following the above steps, repeat with the 2 inch strips:
Next You will need to sew the two strips of fabric together – placing them face up to face up sew along edge leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance (pictured below):
Next you will be turning that long strip of fabric right side out and folding it in half – (it may help if you iron this down flat) and sewing it onto your quilt
Pin the fabric onto the back side of your quilt with the printed fabric down starting in the middle of a side
When you get to the corner stop about ¼ of an inch from the end and fold the fabric back over itself
Then fold the fabric back so that it looks like this:
Once you get back to the beginning of your strip flatten both ends out and cut at a 45 degree angle measuring to fit your quilt (you will have excess fabric) fold back into half and pin to quilt
Starting at the middle of the side again sew the binding onto the quilt leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance
Turn to a 45 degree angle and sew right off the corner of the quilt – cut thread – fold the corner back the way it was and start again leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Repeat until you get back to the beginning.
Remove all of the pins and fold your binding around to the front of your quilt
Pin the binding down – taking notice of the corners as you pin
When you come to a corner – flatten the fabric and fold so that it looks like a V.
Sewing on the top of the quilt – sew all the way around the edge of the binding leaving about an 8th of an inch.
Now you have completed your quilt! Here are the final results: