Monday, August 30, 2010

Sweet Baby Rag Quilt

Our extended Bromen family is growing by leaps and bounds.  The newest addition is my sweet baby niece, Elizabeth.  Here's the flannel rag quilt and tag I made for her.

The pieces of the quilt were cut out using the scallop square die and the Big Shot, which happens to be what I also cut the tag out with. The quilt is 10 x 10 rows and measures just under 36".

If you've never made a rag quilt, you basically sandwich a smaller piece of batting (3 1/2" square for this project) in between 2 layers of fabric and sew diagonally in both directions (creating an X).  Once you have all of your pieces X'd, sew them together into rows with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Then sew the rows together to create the final quilt.  You'll have one side that has the raw edges and the other side that is smooth.  So that the raw edges will fray and create the cool ragged look, you will then need to clip all the edges every 1/4", which works out to be in between each scallop and then in the middle of edge scallop.  After you've clipped all the edges (being careful not to clip through the seams) wash the quilt with some jeans (not towels or they'll end up with lots of fuzzies).  Be sure to check your dryer's lint trap because it gets quite full. 

In case you were wondering about the tag, I used Pick a Petal, Fabulous Phrases & Just Perfect Alphabet stamp sets.  The designer eyelet in the center of the flower is from a retired kit from awhile back.  You could definitely use one of the many designer brads in our current catalog to get a similar look.  And finally, the ribbon is tied around one of Stampin' Up!'s cool library clips. 

Another baby is expected to make his or her grand entrance into the world in the very near future.  I'll be back to share another handmade baby gift with you very soon! 

Not sure if you can tell, but I love crafting for babies!

Happy Stampin!

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