We have a nursery pillow from Dwell Studio. The pillow is really lovely – small, quilted and super soft. The muted colors fit our design scheme and I love the simple quilting detail.
A friend was recently visiting and we were sitting in my nursery talking about work, our careers and babies. She saw the pillow and asked if “we” could create something similar. I thought about it and realized it was a great idea.. Not sure if it was more for her or me? Free stuff for her/ blog post for me.. Hmm.
Have you tried quilting your own fabric? It’s not that hard and gives such a nice touch to your projects. I have a lot of people ask why I don’t just buy the quilted fabric. Yes, this is available, but I think it can look cheap. I find that store bought quilted fabric can be hard and crispy. Plus, I like selecting my own fabric colors and combinations. Quilting your own fabric gives you so many possibilities!
- Fabric of choice
- Fusible batting – Pellon TP971F – this is a great choice. One side is fusible, so you can iron it to your fabric
- Clover quilt marking pen – Love this!
- Creative grids quilting ruler
- Sewing materials – pins, thread, scissors, sewing machine
Before we get started, you will need to fuse the batting to the wrong side of your fabric.
Alright, here are the quick steps to quilting your fabric in a diamond pattern.
Step 1. With the chalko marking pen – mark the center of the fabric at the top and bottom. Move 6″ out from center and mark again at the top and bottom. You have now created an X.
Step 2. Decide on the size of your diamond shape.. I’m lazy and chose the 1″ mark so I wouldn’t have to think too much. Using your grid, follow the X lines and trace.
Step 3. Grid the entire piece of fabric.
Step4. Lengthen your stitch length to 3. Place in sewing machine and stitch following your lines.
Ta- da!! Here is what is should look like..
After you have tried the diamond pattern, why not try different patterns? Straight lines, uneven lines, wavy lines.. So many options and so little time.