Sewing Projects Using Quilting Techniques
Here at Little Fabric Shop, we love to quilt! There are many sewing projects that utilize quilting techniques. Basic patchwork, basting, quilting, and binding can add extra depth and layers to many sewing patterns. We have put together an inspiration list of nine sewing project ideas where quilting methods are used. Grab your fabric bundles, rotary cutter, ruler, and seam ripper too. Let’s get sewing!
Wall Hanging Quilt Project
One of the most basic sewing projects that utilizes quilting techniques is a mini quilt wall hanging. These projects are a lot of fun. There are many mini quilt patterns available. In our shop, we carry the Mini Quilts sewing pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. This book is filled with 16 different mini quilt sewing projects and are perfect for the beginner through the intermediate quilter.
You can even take a single block from a larger quilt and make a wall hanging out of it. This wall hanging was created using Pen + Paper Patterns Lucky Quilt pattern. We used Alison Glass fabric to create this fun wall hanging.
Another mini-quilt project is from our shop’s St. Patrick’s Day Clover Mini Quilt Pattern Tutorial. This wall hanging quilt project uses your fabric stash. Scraps of green and low volume fabrics create a fun seasonal home décor sewing project.
A quilt pillow is another fun make. As with a wall hanging quilt project, the quilt pillow can be created using traditional patchwork and quilting techniques. This pillow was sewn using small square blocks and half square triangles in a traditional star layout. We made the patchwork star the same way you would make a quilt. It was pin basted and then machine quilted. We finished the quilt pillow off with a zipper and attached the binding the same way we attach binding on a quilt. We love how colorful this pillow turned out!
This quilt pillow was created by using a single block from Quilty Love’s Scrappy Hearts Quilt pattern. Our Cotton + Steel fabric stash was used to make the heart. It is fun to enjoy the beauty of a quilt pattern while sewing it into a small seasonal quilt pillow.
Quilt Table Runner
A quilted table runner is another fun sewing project that utilizes basic patchwork skills. Piecing fabric blocks, basting, quilting, and binding are all part of the steps to create the table runner. There are many, many table runner patterns available. The Runner Up table runner pattern by Lynn Wilson Design is a beginner friendly project. We used Dashwood Studio fabrics to create the colorful blocks in this table runner.
Another great table runner project can be made by incorporating Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce’s Mini Series foundation paper piecing patterns together to create one long table runner. This table runner was made during their last sew along event. They are holding another Mini Series sew along this fall. We will be joining in the fun. Be on the look-out for how to participate. They are even launching new fabric lines for this event. Stay tuned!
Patchwork Zipper Bag
Last week we shared a First Aid Zipper Bag tutorial on our blog. This fun project incorporates basic patchwork and quilting skills to create the exterior of the pouch. This is a beginner friendly sewing project. Having experience with attaching zippers helps, but not required. Our tutorial will walk you step-by-step through the sewing process. We used fabric from the Rifle Paper Company Basics and Bon Voyage fabric collections for this project.
Mug Rugs are the tiniest of mini quilt projects. They are a fast make and add a bit of fun when protecting your furniture from heat and/or water stains. Check-out our Valentine Mug Rug sewing tutorial to create a simple quilt project. These mug rugs make great gifts, even if it is not for Valentine's Day. This mug rug was created using fabric from the Cotton + Steel Basics collection.
We have shared this project before as it is a good one! Peek-A-Boo Pages created a Picnic Blanket sewing tutorial that is perfect for the beginner quilter. This quilt picnic blanket has two fabric ties so you are able to roll it up and travel with it easily. We think the new Canyon Springs fabric would work great for this project.
We love the Gradient Pincushion pattern that is available in the shop. This is a popular design to both make and use. The Gradient Pincushions we carry in the shop use beautiful quilting cotton and cotton/linen fabric. We fill each pincushion with wool batting. The elongated construction allows you to place the pincushion inside the throat of your sewing machine or lay it right in front of your workspace. It is a simple design with lots of function.
Kids Checker or Chess Set
The Kids Chess Set sewing tutorial is from the It’s Always Autumn blog. This beginner friendly project utilizes basic patchwork piecing, quilting, and binding techniques. She has even included instructions on how to create the chess or checker pieces out of bottle caps and sewing directions to make a storage bag for all the game’s parts.
Quilt Jackets are so popular. We love how many designs and patterns can be used to create a fun and stylish quilt coat. Kiley’s Quilt Room blog has an excellent tutorial on how to create this beautiful quilt jacket. The Quilt Coat 2.0 blog post will take you through all the steps required to make this. Steps include: 1) how to pick the correct pattern; 2) quilt block layout suggestions; 3) cutting and piecing the quilt; 4) quilting the quilt; 5) cutting and assembling the coat; 6) finishing the project.
We hope you have enjoyed these fun sewing projects that use quilting techniques. If you make any, please let us know. We love seeing your work! Happy Sewing!!