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The Three Hour Quilt

22 Mar


A few months ago I decided to make a quilt for Hudson. I wanted something simple and quick, and wanted it to be super soft. I’m a big fan of using materials I have on hand, even if they’re not traditionally the “right” materials to use.

I had a few polar fleece blankets laying around, and decided to use one for the batting.

I was at Target a few days later and saw a set of jersey knit twin sheets on sale, and figured it was a good price for the amount of material, and would be perfect for the cozy quilt I wanted to make.

I used the flat sheet to make the quilt and found a pillowcase in a contrasting color to make the chevron pattern.
I love the way it turned out, and it was so easy.

The only problem was that I didn’t take pictures as I was making it! For a blogger that’s a BIG problem.

The only solution was to make another quilt, and take pictures this time.

Here it is:

The Three Hour Quilt

I’ve got a fitted sheet (the other half of the jersey knit set I bought) and a fleece blanket that never gets used.

If you’re using a flat sheet then yay for you. Smile because you get to skip this step. If you have a fitted sheet then chop off the gathered edges.

Lay your sheet out flat then fold it in half. My corners are funky because I snipped out the stitching in the fitted sheet.

Now lay your fleece (or whatever you’re using as batting) over the sheet and pin the edges. Be careful not to pin into the carpet. That might seem obvious, but…SOMEONE might not think about it. I’ve never done that…
Now it’s time for sewing. I did an envelope style for this quilt. You’ve already got the quilt layered the way you need it: fleece, sheet, sheet. Sew three edges of the quilt together, leaving one edge completely open.

Trim the excess material around the edges of the quilt and turn it right side out. It can get a little confusing with those three layers. Reach your hand in between the two sheet layers, grab on at the bottom, and pull.

Now we’re going to close the last edge of the quilt. Fold the edges in and pin them down. I folded mine in about an inch.
Sew along the edge. Jersey can be tricky to sew with. I’m not an awesome seamstress, so I try to embrace the imperfections. It helps me work faster and be happier.

Once you sew the final edge together you’ll just keep on sewing around the entire quilt. It makes a nice little border and helps keep the fabric in place.

You’ll want to sew something in the body of the quilt to hold the fabric together.

On my first quilt I sewed several concentric rectangles. For this quilt I only made one pass around the edge, then sewed back and forth across the width of the quilt. I’ve found that rolling the quilt helps it fit through my teensy tiny sewing machine better.
Once your quilt is quilted you get to add any decorative elements you want.

This quilt is for my 10 month old niece. Her room is teal and yellow, and her favorite shape is a triangle.

I used fabric from old t-shirts and laid out a design.


I sewed around the edges of each triangle, trimmed the loose thread that was hanging everywhere, and I was done.


This quilt took just about three hours to complete. Run to your sewing machine during a few nap times, skip TV a couple nights, or neglect the laundry for a few days and go make a quilt!

Here’s the original three hour quilt.


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