Thursday, November 6, 2008

stuff -n- envelope

I teach the 6-7 year old children at church. I have a fairly small class. Three little girls and one little boy. Well on of the little girls is moving to Vermont. I wanted to make something for her so I made her one of these. She loves to read. And I figured she could use it as she reads on her long road trip across the nation.
Every year at this time our neighborhood does an annual quilt project. Instead of buying neighbor gifts, we pool the money we would have used to buy gifts and buy fabric, yarn and batting. Pauline cuts fabric and pieces any that are not big enough. Rella cuts batting and marks any that are not obvious as to where to tie. I envelope all the smaller quilts. Everyone in the neighborhood will meet on the morning of the 15th to tie quilts and munch on doughnuts brought by Ross. Darlene and Barabra will bind the bigger quilts. It really is a fun time.
So I have been enveloping today to get ready for the 15th. If you are wondering how to envelope a quilt I'll tell you.
First you need your top, bottom and batting to be the same size. Then you lay your batting on a large flat surface. I use my ping pong table. Then you put your backing on top of that with the right side facing up. Next put the top on so that the top and backing have right sides facing each other. Pin all around the edges. Making sure you have pinned all three layers.

Sew all the way around leaving a 12-15 inch opening between where you stop and start. Trim the corners.Reach inside and pull your farthest corner through the opening you left. Then keep pulling until you have pulled it all through. Use and eraser end of a pencil to push your corners out. Fold in the raw edges of your opening and pin it closed.Sew it shut. And wha la you have just enveloped a quilt and it is ready tie and be given to some deserving soul. Ours are going to a local charity.

7 comments:

  1. interesting... when I envelope aquilt I leave the backing and batting a little large... From the top my "sandwich" is the flimsy (wrong side up) the backing (right side up) and the batting. I then sew around the quilt using the edge of the flimsey and my sewing machine foot as the guide (leaving a space to turn it right side out through); trim the backing and batting and turn right side out.... Makes it easier to not have to precisely lineup the backing and batting, though I do pin it to keep extra "fluffy" spots from developing as I sew it together...

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  2. It's so great to get together with a group to do this. More fun than doing it alone!

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  3. Lovely little gift - I'm sure it will be treasured! Mmmm - enveloping/bagging a quilt - I think I have done it only once - will be intresting to view further comments!
    Hugs - Lurline!

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  4. It is great that you are making these for charity. I also think that bookmark is adorable.

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  5. I've done this with Quillows - nice not to have to bind them.

    Once I turn mine, I sew a generous quarter inch seam around the entire edge - gives it a Faux binding effect.

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  6. What a great and quick way to make something nice for someone that needs it. Good for you and your sweet neighbors. You'll miss your little primary girl.

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  7. Thanks for posting this, I have been looking for an easy tutorial on how to do this, but all my google searches (on quilt enveloping) just brought up quilt patterns. I want to make quilts for my 3 boys by Christmas, and just needed extra help to get them done. Again, thanks for posting this easy tutorial, I think that I can do it now. ;) I'll use my ping pong table too.

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