I made this owl quilt for a friend’s new baby. It took a long time. A really long time. But it was so rewarding in the end because it was literally like nothing I’d ever made, and I’d like to think their family will have it forever. It wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of steps and required a lot of time. It’s probably the easiest quilt pattern out there because you don’t have to bind the edges at the end, which makes it a unique take on how to make a quilt.
Skill level: This sewing project would be good for beginning to intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: I honestly didn’t even keep track. Plan to really take your time and spread it out over a few weekends. There are a lot of steps and it’s easy to want to rush it.
To start: I would recommend cotton fabric for this project. Make sure all fabric is prewashed before you cut it so you eliminate any shrinking that might happen after it’s sewn and then washed.
Quilting and sewing supplies you’ll need (below are some links to Amazon if you want things delivered to you, otherwise Joann’s will have everything you need):
1. Sewing machine – You’ll need a standard sewing machine to complete this project. See here for some suggestions.
2. Thread – The only thread I use is Gutermann. Other brands have the little lip that always gets caught when I’m sewing and it drives me crazy. This would be a good investment if you need various colors for future projects as well. Otherwise just get a spool that matches your fabric.
3. Scissors – Invest in a decent pair of scissors (not expensive, just decent) and then don’t let anyone else use them. I had a sewing instructor in school harp on that constantly – everyone puts pressure in different areas of the scissors and you don’t want your alignment to get messed up. Fiskars is my brand of choice, and this pair looks like a great place to start. Also, don’t use them for anything except fabric. They’ll get dull quicker and there is nothing worse than trying to cut fabric with dull scissors.
4. Quilt Fabric – As mentioned above, I recommend 100% cotton that you prewash before you cut. As far as colors go, I made mine based on the colors that would be primarily in the baby’s room, but you could also go with brown tones as pictured on the pattern envelope. You could get fat quarter quilting bundles likes this one, which would be adorable to make a pink owl out of. Or just do your own thing! I mean it’ll still look like an owl in the end. Double check the back of the pattern envelope for fabric amounts needed.
5. Fleece – To be used as the insulation layer.
6. Quilt Pattern – I used Simplicity pattern 2935 to make this blanket. As is the case with most Simplicity patterns, the directions were easy to follow.
There are a lot of quilt pieces to cut out of both the fabric and the fleece, so just take your time and make sure you keep track of what has already been cut out so you don’t duplicate anything that’s already been done.
A piece of fleece gets sandwiched between two pieces of fabric for each piece you see on the front of the quilt.
This is what it looks like before you cut all the seam allowances, and before it’s been washed and dried.
One of the time consuming steps is to cut every 1/2″ on every single exposed seam allowance.
Then pour yourself a big glass of wine while you wash and dry it, because you’re done!
Cutest giant thing you’ve ever seen, right?