This tutorial takes you step by step on how to make a baby quilt with the Circut Maker.
I’m sure you know by now that you can use the Cricut Maker to cut fabric. Even unbacked fabric like quilting cotton for making quilts.
Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to use the Cricut maker and the Riley Blake quilt kit for Cricut to make a baby quilt.
For this baby quilt, I made a triangle quilt. I think they’re so cute and fun. Plus they’re super easy to quilt on your machine at home.
I made the triangle quilt pattern. It’s here free in Cricut design space. It has eight different colors to cut out. This allows you to use all the different prints from this specific quilt kit. the pattern only shows two rows for the quilt. After you press the Make It button you want to tell it that you want to make five copies. This will give you 10 rows of the quilt.
Let’s talk supplies.
The first thing you want to do is sort out all of the fabric from the quilt kit. A lot of it will be 1/3 yard, which is 12 in, so it will fit perfectly on your cutting mat without trimming it down. A couple of pieces are bigger than that. there’s also a print in there that specifically for the binding. So be sure to pull that out so that you don’t accidentally cut it up.
When I cut this out I actually cut the plain white fabric from the black mats. And then on the white mats, I used the pink with the floral hearts. Both the black and the white mats I have a few more pieces then the colored mats. Also, both of these had to be trimmed down. I used all the other prints for whichever color triangle was up next. I didn’t have a set plan.
To cut it out with the Cricut, you want to layer fabric down on the pink fabric mat face down. The back of the fabric should be up. It doesn’t necessarily matter if you do the front up when cutting a quilt, it’s just a good habit to get into for all of your sewing projects. That way if you ever do one that uses the fabric marker you don’t accidentally write on the front of your fabric.
Press the fabric firmly down onto the cutting mat. You don’t want any ripples or wrinkles in it. and you don’t want it to be on their loosely because it will peel off the mat as it is being cut if you don’t press it down all the way. You can do this by using your hand to smooth the fabric as you press it down, or you can use the Cricut brayer.
Next, load the mat into your Cricut Maker. Then check to make sure that you have the rotary blade installed. Set your material setting to cotton fabric and press the Cricut button to start cutting.
Once it is done cutting eject the mat from the machine. Carefully peel the excess fabric off of the mat and then using the Cricut spatula or tongs carefully remove your quilt pieces from the mat. I like to stack them so that the print is the same way on all of them. you could also use your fingers to peel them off of the mat just be sure to touch the adhesive as little as possible with your hand.
After I had everything cut out I laid it all out I might able to get an idea of how it would look and to randomize the fabric. My four-year-old wasn’t having it. He kept telling me I was doing it wrong because the fabrics that matched needed to be together. Haha.
When you lay it out each row is going to have 12 triangles and you’re going to have 10 rows.
If it matters to you, be sure to have all the triangles for the directional prints going the same direction. For example, all of my gingham triangles have the gingham print straight up and down. If you turn the triangle the print is going to be on a diagonal. So just be aware of this if that is something that is going to bother you in the finished product.
Once I had it all laid out I started sewing the rose together. So you want to sew triangle one and two together, then three and four, then five and six, etc. Press all the seams to the right. Then sew triangle two to triangle three, four to five, etc. Again, press all the seams to the right. Be sure to also sew the ends onto the row.
Row number two you’re going to do the same thing except for press all the seams to the left. All the even rows will be to the left and all the odd rows will be to the right. This will help with the bulk at the seams.
When all the roads are sewn together, you’re going to so row 1 to row number 2. I pressed the seams to open along the rows. Repeat for the remainder of the rows.
Give the top a good pressing. And then it’s ready to sandwich and quilt.
First, you want to lay out your batting and center your quilt top so that there is a couple of inches of batting showing on all sides of your quilt top. Then fold half of your quilt back on top of itself and using a spray basting adhere the back of the quilt top to the batting. Press firmly and smooth it out as you go from the center outward.
Repeat for the other half of your quilt by folding it back on top of itself and spray basting. Once you are done you will have your quilt top adhered to your batting. It doesn’t move. For a bigger quilt, I also pin, but for this size of a quilt I just used to spray basting and did not worry about pinning.
Flip the quilting batting over and on the back of the batting, you’re going to use the spray basting to attach your quilt back to the batting. Be sure your fabric is right side up. The backing of your quilt should be as big as the batting. When you are quilting the batting and the back tend to shrink. That is why you want to have them bigger than the quilt top.
Once it was all one big quilt sandwich I took it to my sewing machine and started quilting. I quilted by setting my stitch up two or three, I pieced the quilt on a 2. This may vary on your machine. You want your quilting stitches to be larger than your regular sewing stitches. Then I just sewed a quarter of an inch away from all of the seams. I started with the seams between the rows. be sure to start in the middle of your quilt and work your way out. This helps to keep it from shifting.
I stitched a quarter of an inch on both sides of the seam. Once I finished quilting down all of the rows I did one side of the triangles. Then I did the other side of the triangles. This quilts triangles into the center of each block. You also end up with a cute little star where 6 points of the triangles meet.
After you are done quilting, you can trim down the excess batting and backing. Then it is time to put on The binding.
The quilt kit came with fabric for The binding. I cut for 2-inch strips width of the fabric. You want to so those together into a binding tape and attach it to your quilt.
This cute baby quilt worked up very quickly. It only took about a day of sewing.
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