I don't have much experience with knits, which is what most of the baby clothes are made from. Should I stabilize them somehow? A water soluble stabilizer or starch? Then I was going to sew them onto a squares of muslin; I think that will help with stretching issues as well. I'm planning on using a regular all-purpose needle, since I'll be using both knits and wovens.
I'm not sure yet what I'll use as backing. I'm thinking about something soft like minkee. Would that be really hard to quilt with? Would flannel or a quilting cotton type be better?
I do memory quilts with clothing and such. The best backing I have found so far to use is woven fusible interfacing. I use it on every non-woven fabric that is going into the quilt- sports jerseys, knits, etc. You won't need to attach the interfacing and then attach it to muslin. The woven interfacing is enough and will keep your fabrics from stretching as you sew.
Make sure you use a quiliting foot when using minky as the backing. Minky can create quite a bit of "drag" when the feed dogs move them through the machine.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
Thanks for this! I'm hoping to make a quilt out of the t-shirts that belonged to my aunt and uncle's little girl who passed away a month ago and was wondering about exactly this!
Doula, teacher, designer, maker. Living above the mangroves, looking out over the water in beautiful Aotearoa with my husband, our dear friends and a little grey cat.
I want to make a quilt for DS out of all his sports team shirts. Still can't picture this, but good starting point. I am decent at sewing if I have a picture tutorial and an idea. I have no creativity of my own
Carly, mama to DS C (5th grade), DD Miss M (07/09, fostered 1/10, adopted 08/10), and Little Miss C (11/10, fostered 01/11, adopted 11/12). Foster Son, Mr. A, age 11 placed 10/13.
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