Finished size: 49″x55″ This is a good size for a blanket for a baby to play on and works well for a toddler bed.
- .25 yards of 6 colors
- .5 yard white (includes .25 yard for the border)
- 2/3 yard Border 2
- 1/3 yard Binding
- 1 2/3 yard 60″ wide Backing
- Batting – if you buy pre-cut pieces, you need twin size
- Cut each of the six .25 yard pieces of fabric in 1.5″ strips. You should have enough fabric for 6 strips per color (36 total).
- Of each color, cut 2 strips into 1.5″ squares. 26 squares per strip.
- Cut the remaining four strips of each color into 3.5″ x 1.5″ pieces. You should get 11-12 per strip.
- From the white fabric, cut six 1.5″ strips. Cut them down to 1.5″ squares. You should have 144 total.
- For all the colored 1.5″ squares, sew them on either side of a white square, like the pic below.
- Press toward the colored square. You now have a 3.5″ x 1.5″ rectangle.
- Sew the 3.5″ x 1.5″ piece you cut in the matching color to the top and bottom.
- Press toward the outside.
- You now have 3.5″ squares, like this one.
- Now comes the fun part! Layout the blocks in different ways until you find the one that you like. Here’s are some of the alternatives I played with.
- Once you have the layout you like, sew the blocks together into rows.
- Press the seams.
- Sew together the rows
Borders and Finishing
Depending upon the layout you decided to use above, you might need to make some corrections to the amount of fabric needed for borders, binding, and backing. My pieced center was 12 x 14 blocks (37″ x 43″). Borders are routine, so I’m going to slack on my explanations. Let me know if I need to explain more.
- First border: 1.5″ finished width. You need four 2″ strips of white.
- Second border: 5″ finished width. You need five 5.5″ strips (2/3 of a yard)
- Binding:Six 2.5″ inch strips.
Having troubles? Check out the FAQs.