How to Sew a Fold Away Quilted Blanket - Sewing Tutorial

Updated: Feb 25

This fun blanket has a pocket on the back so that you can fold it away, making it compact and easy to carry or store when not in use!


Fabric featured -

Botswana Green Craft Cotton Fabric | Dunelm

Ditsy Tulips Blush Craft Cotton Fabric | Dunelm

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Sewing level - confident beginner/Intermediate (quilting, applique and bias binding used)



Finished size – 31 x 39.5”

Finish size folded – 11” square




 

What you’ll need:

12 8.5” squares of fabric

8 contrasting sash fabric strips measuring 2.5 x 8.5”

3 30” sash strips measuring 30” x 2.5”

2 side border strips measuring 2.5” x 41”

2 top and bottom border strips measuring 32” x 2.5”

33x40” Wadding

33x40” backing fabric

145” bias binding


Applique pocket-

1 square of fabric measuring 8.5”

1 square of contrasting fabric for applique shape measuring 8”

2 contrasting border strips measuring 2.5 x 8.5”

2 contrasting border strips measuring 11.5 x 2.5”

Backing fabric measuring 11.5” square

32” webbing for the strap


tools needed:

monstera leaf template (this can be printed online)

scissors

iron

fusible adhesive sheet

basting spray (505)



Use ¼” seam allowance unless stated otherwise



 


1. Sew a strip of contrasting sash fabric right sides together to one square along one side.














2. Press the seam flat. Sew the next square right sides together to the strip. Open and press.














3. Repeat until you have 3 squares sewn to 2 sash strips.














4. Repeat with the remaining squares and sash strips until you have 4 panels.













5. Sew a long sash strip to the bottom edge of the first panel right sides together. Press seam flat.














6. Sew the next panel right sides together to the bottom of the sash strip. Press seam flat.














7. Repeat until all 4 panels are sewn to 3 sash strips.













8. Sew the side border strips right sides together to either side of the quilt. Press seams flat.













9. Sew the top and bottom strips right sides together to the quilt. Press the seams flat.












10. Adhere the wadding to the back of the quilt using a basting spray.



11. Adhere the backing fabric to the back of the wadding wrong sides together.


12. Quilt the quilt! Sew lines ¼” from each seam of the square create a square inside each panel. Sew diagonal lines from each corner of the squares.














13. Sew the bias binding around the entire edge of the quilt. When starting, fold the bias binding back by ½” to neaten the edge. Sew right sides together mitring the corners. Overlap the end of the bias binding. This will be hidden when folded back.













14. Fold the bias binding over the edge of the quit and hand sew to the back with a slip stitch.



15. To make the pocket, adhere the sheet to the back of the fabric for the applique. Using the template, draw a leaf shape on the adhesive sheet.














16. Cut this shape out.


17. Sew the 2 side border strips of fabric to either side of the square right sides together.



18. Sew the top and bottom border strips to the square right sides together.














19. Use a basting spray to adhere the leaf shape to the middle of the square.


20. Use a small zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew around the entire edge of the leaf.



21. Use a triple straight stitch on your sewing machine to create the veins of the leaf.














22. Sew the backing square right sides together to the pocket around all 4 sides, leave a small gap in the bottom for turning.


23. Trim back the corners, turn the pocket right side out and press.














24. Sew the pocket facing down to the back of the quilt. Make sure the pocket opening is facing the centre of the quilt. Sew the 3 sides leaving the top open.














25. Sew the webbing to either side of the pocket. Go back and forth over the stitches so that they are strong.















How to fold away –


Fold one side of the quilt over the centre panel, then fold the remaining side over the centre panel. The quilt should now be the same width as the pocket.

Starting at the end opposite the pocket, fold the quilt over until it sits over the pocket. Turn through the pocket so that the quilt is inside, and the applique is on the outside.




Happy sewing! Kym x


This sewing tutorial is in partnership with The Bee Fabric Co. and Dunelm


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