|Crib mattress||23" x 46"|
|Twin||39" x 75"|
|Full||54" x 75"|
|queen||60" x 80"|
|King||76" x 80"|
|Throws||50" x 60"|
Here is an estimate of how many squares will be generated of 1 yd of 60" fabric. Keep in mind the smaller the square size, the more tedious the work.
|Square size||Number of Squares|
For additional warmth you may want to put batting in between the squares or use flannel on the back. If using batting, cut the batting squares about 2 inches smaller than the size square you selected for the quilt.
1. Cut squares into desired size. (We used 8" squares for our throw project.)
2. Pin two squares together, wrong side of fabric to wrong side. The right side of the fabric should be showing on both sides. If using batting, put batting between the squares and pin.
3. Sew a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner creating an X on the square. New sewers probably need to mark the X on the square with a vanishing marker before sewing. Stop a 1/4 inch from the corners.
4. Once step 3 is completed for all of your squares, pin squares together making a row. Sew 1/4 inch seams where you pinned the squares. This is the width of your quilt. Continue until you have the width you want.
5. Clip along each seam you just sewed using snips. This is what will fray in the washer. Do not clip all the way to the seam, as it may cause the seam to break. The smaller and closer to the seam you get, the more the fray after washed.
6. For the next row, start with the second color and follow your square pattern in step 4; clipping the seams as you go.
7. Pin the 2nd row to the first row. Sew a 1/4 inch seam where you just pinned and clip.
8. Continue the rows until you have the length you want. If you decide you want it wider you can add a row going down.
9. Once all rows have been sewn together, sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around the outside of the quilt and clip.
10. Wash the quilt in the washer and then put in the dryer. Do not wash or dry with other clothing. Threads from the fraying will cover other clothing. Once dry, shake it to get off the loose threads. Be sure to clean your lint traps as this process does create a lot of lint.
* If you have an embroidery machine you can embroider the squares. Make it with children's fabric and embroider things such as "First step on 10-15-03." Each square marks a special milestone.
* Embroider a signature: "to Grandma made with love from _____" on the square.
* Use iron-on digital pictures. Family tree throws make a great gift for Grandma. Use decorative stitches or embroidery to border the pictures.
* The denim and flannel squares are great for a man's throw. Denim used with football team fabric looks great.
* Make your rag quilt and use it as if it's a piece of fabric. Use a sewing pattern such as a purse, tote, vest, Christmas stockings, or tree skirt pattern. Cut them out and create them using the rag quilt.
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