Sunday, 22 April 2012

How To: Make Padded Patches For Quilting

After having made 70 of these in the last couple of weeks or so, of course they seem easy to me.  I posted a picture of one on Facebook a few days ago and a friend commented that it look ed quite complicated.  However, I really do think that they are quite simple, but look good.  The idea is adapted from issue 237 of Crafts Beautiful (, and here's how to make them:

You will need:
2 different patterned/coloured fabrics (Gingham, spots or stripes always look good with a more detailed fabric.  My patches are for a baby cot/pram quilt, hence the patterns on the fabrics)
2oz/3oz wadding
Paper or card
Cotton (co-ordinating with fabric)
Fabric Scissors

1.  Cut a 15cm square from one of your fabrics and an 8cm square from the other.

2.  Cut a 9cm square template from a piece of card or paper.

3.  Place the paper template in the centre of the wrong side of the 15cm square piece of fabric.  Secure with a pin.

4.  Take one corner of the 15cm fabric and fold towards the centre.  The fold should touch the corner of the template.  Iron along the fold to create a crease.  You can use a normal iron, but I use a travel iron as I'm less likely to burn my fingers.  If you have a craft mini-iron, this would be perfect.

5.  Repeat for the other corners.

6.  Leave folded and take one of the original straight edges and fold towards the centre.  Again, the fold should be touching the paper template.  Iron the fold.

7.  Repeat for the other edges.

8.  The 9cm template should now be wrapped in the 15 cm fabric.

9.  Take the 8cm fabric square and fold in each edge 1/2 cm.  Iron the fold to create crisp creases/edge.

10.  Cut a 9cm square from the wadding.

11.  Remove the paper template from the 15cm fabric and replace it with the wadding square, wrapping the wadding in the same way the paper template had been wrapped.  Pin in place if you wish.

12.  Lay the square of 8cm fabric on the 15cm fabric so that it is central and covering the wadding that has been left showing.  Pin in place if you wish.

NOTE:  I was teaching my niece to make these and we found that it helped her to pin the edges of the 15cm fabric to the wadding also, before doing the next step.  This way everything remained pretty straight.

13.  Sew the small square to the large square.

NOTE:  I did this by hand using a running stitch, starting and finishing  between the two pieces of fabric to keep the ends of the cotton hidden.  You could use pretty much any stitch you wish, or even use a machine.

14.  Voila! You have now made your first padded patch.

Well done.

Make as many of these patches as you like and stitch them together to make quilts etc.

Happy Crafting.

Holly xx

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