Basic Quilting Steps + 10 Beginner Quilt Patterns
First time quilting? Learn the basics of how to make a quilt with these tips for beginners.
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If you're just starting to quilt or you need a refresher, this article called Basic Quilting Steps will be your best guide for learning how to make a quilt. This article will walk you through choosing a quilt pattern, choosing fabric for your quilt, as well as cutting, sewing, and binding your quilt.
If you're a beginner wanting to learn the basics, you'll want to start out with learning about the steps and tools you will need as well as finding a pattern that is rated as a beginner quilt pattern.
The quilting patterns on FaveQuilts will tell you what level they are below the description. Also, we have some beginner quilt patterns for you to try at the bottom of this page! Many quilt tutorials will list the recommended type of fabric as part of the materials or instructions, but this guide will help you choose one if you are not sure.
Cutting, sewing, and binding will likely be addressed in any quilt tutorial you find, though you can rely on this guide for the basics of how to make a quilt in those steps.
Choosing a Pattern to Make a Quilt
First, you'll want to start small. You might even want to simply start with a quilt block and not a full quilt. If you do want to make a full quilt, start with a crib sized or baby quilt.
Patchwork quilt patterns are the easiest quilt to make because you're learning all the basics of how to make a quilt by making one. You can use pre-cut fabrics for patchwork quilts, which means you don't have to do much cutting work.
Next, you can try more complicated block quilts that involve borders and adding sashing, and then you can challenge yourself with a flying geese quilt pattern. Designing your own quilt will come when you have all of the basics down pat.
An example of a patchwork quilt: A Patchwork Story Quilt
Choosing Fabric to Make a Quilt
Fabric can be a fun and frustrating material to buy because there are a lot of choices. Cotton and linen are the easiest choices, but make sure you press them before you cut them.
If you're overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing fabric to make your quilt, you can make it very easy with pre-cuts! Pre-cuts are collections of fabric that are already cut into specific sizes, stacked or rolled up, and tied together.
Are you a visual learner? Watch our Visual Guide to Precuts to learn about the different types available.
You can sample fabric lines by using pre-cuts and your color schemes will already be figured out for you. They usually are a mix of printed and solid-colored fabrics. The most common pre-cuts and their sizes are listed below.
Cutting Fabric to Make a Quilt
Cutting fabric for your quilt might seem stressful, but we've got some tips and tricks in order to cut perfectly every time. Part of it is fabric preparation, which means pressing your fabric.
Make sure that your rotary cutter is sharp, which is what most quilters use to cut their fabric along with a cutting board. Learn how to use a rotary cutter. You will also want to learn about rotary cutter safety.
Cutting with a dull blade will not yield good results. You'll also want to make sure to match your selvages as closely as possible. A selvage is the self-finished edge of your fabric. When you fold your fabric in order to trace several pattern pieces at once, be sure that your edges are aligned correctly. If you're using pre-cuts, you won't have to worry as much about this.
Finding Batting for Your Quilt
Once you have your quilt top complete, you need to decide what sort of batting you want. Batting is made from several different materials and combinations of materials, from natural fibers like cotton to synthetics like polyester.
The batting is the padding inside your quilt, so if you want your quilt to be warm and cozy, you will want a thicker batting but if it's more decorative, then a thinner option is probably best.
Binding Your Quilt
Adding binding to your quilt pattern is a great way to finish off the edges of a quilt when you're done assembling it as per instructions.
There are many ways to do this, but a simple way is to attach the binding to the back of your quilt and then fold over the binding to the front and sew it. Most quilters to it the opposite way, but this way you don't cover up any of your beautiful design!
Beginner Quilt Patterns
Now that you've got the basic quilting steps down, it's time to put that knowledge to work! Below, you will find some of the best beginner patterns for quilts. If you want to start with quilt blocks, that's a good idea, since those are mostly all beginner or easy level.
These are all full quilt patterns, which will allow you to test your skills for the steps and information you just learned. Some are small, some are large, but all have easy-to-follow steps so that anyone can complete the project without frustration.
If this quilt pattern doesn't fit the easy level, we don't know what will. Not only is it simple to make but it's beautiful and easy on the eyes.
This pattern is really straight-forward, which is why you are going to love it. Find the perfect color combo for your home and this baby will shine!
Make your next family picnic or church cookout even more special by following this easy Bandanna Picnic Quilt Tutorial.
You will not believe how quickly you create this quilt. If you are on the lookout for a last-minute gift idea, this is the pattern for you.
Use fat quarters for this lovely and sweet baby quilt. Change up the fabrics to make it for a boy, girl, or a gender-neutral design. Parents will love it!
This queen size quilted bed cover is the simplest of simple quilt patterns with only a few panels to sew together for a gorgeous quilt.
This Garden Panels Fat Quarter Quilt uses fat quarters and a colorful backing fabric to create a lap quilt pattern that is perfect for just about any occasion.
If you're new to quilting and are looking for an easy pattern to start with, look no further than the Pleated Strips Beginner Quilt.
If you've been looking for a simple and elegant quilt project to use your jelly rolls, then this tutorial for Nana's Favorite Jelly Roll Quilt is exactly what you need.
Brighten your day by making this Rainbow Cuddle Fabric Quilt! The vibrant squares are arranged in an aesthetically-pleasing design that will put a smile on anyone's face.
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