If you have a bunch of leftover fabric laying around the house or you have some old baby clothes that you want to get rid of, then consider the idea of making your child or adult a patchwork quilt. If you do not know how to make one then here are the directions on how you can learn and once you start, you'll be using all your extra fabric around the house.
You will want to choose a fairly simple design to begin with. You do not want to set your self up for failure on your first try as this will make you loose interest very quickly. Collect all of your used baby clothes and clip squares out of them and make sure that they are of a similar weight as this can offset the quilt.
Wash all the fabric in cold water with a mild detergent that smells good. Next you will want to let them air dry and once they are dry, take an iron to the fabric and iron all the pieces.
Make sure that all the pieces of your fabric are the same size once they are ironed and dry. To do this, you will have had to purchase a template and you will need to place this on the straight edge of the fabric and make sure that you are going along with the grain of the fabric. You will need to make sure that you trace the outline of the template onto the fabric with a fabric pen.
Cut the squares out of the fabric with a pair of sharp fabric shears. You should be sure that these scissors are sharp enough and can do this by sharpening them yourself. The local fabric store or hobby store will carry a tool that you will use to sharpen the scissors.
You will want to join all the seams together with a 1/4 inch seam. The best idea for you to do is to join the fabric pieces all together by rows. Once you have the rows then you will want to make sure that you join row by row to form the quilt.
Place a iron on the seams all pointed to one direction and iron it this way.
Purchase a piece of fabric that will cover the whole back of the patchwork quilt and then place a piece of quilt padding inside and stitch it all together. Once you have done this, make sure that you iron the quilt on both sides of the quilt on low. You want just a small amount of heat so that the quilt padding will not be ruined from the heat of the iron.
Once you have ironed both sides of the quilt the next step for you to do is, lay it out on the bed where you will want it displayed. Or you could fold it up into a box to give as a wedding gift or a gift for a baby shower. No matter whom you give it to or why, they will be pleased in the amount of time that you took to put it together.