How to make a quilt from bandanas: This Red White and Blue Bandana Quilt is so easy to make. If you want to learn how to make a quick quilt, this tutorial is just what you need. This Bandana quilt pattern is double-sided, has no binding and makes the perfect quilt for summer picnics and patriotic holidays.
Easy Bandana Quilt Patterns: How to make a Bandana Quilt.
(Update: this post was originally published in 2013, but this bandana quilt is such a fantastic quick and easy quilting project for this time of the year, I decided to update the photos a bit and reshare it with everyone today!)
Every Fourth of July, our family heads down to the little festival and firework display put on by our city. In the past, I’ve always brought along an old comforter for everyone to sit on while hang out and wait for the fireworks. This year, I decided to get a little fancy and make a special picnic quilt out of red white and blue bandanas. (Plus it’s only June 24th, how ahead of the game and I, the procrastinator extraordinaire?)
This is a great cheater method to make a quick little quilt! It’s different from the other cheater quilt method I showed off on this quilt. Since no binding is needed on this easy bandana quilt pattern, it has a very casual look and comes together in just a few hours!
I do wish I had thought a little bit more ahead when planning the colors of the quilt. It is double-sided, so I could have done the back side in different color bandanas that the quilt could be used for different occasions. (Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20 right?)
I actually love making projects with bandanas. Since their edges are already finished, it makes the projeect come together so much quicker!
Other Bandana Project ideas:
- Bandana Tablecloth
- Shirred Bandana Dress
- Bandana pillowcase dress
- Bandana Bracelets
- Table Runner
How to Make a Quilt from Bandanas (in just a few hours.)
To make this Quick and Easy Bandana quilt, you will need:
- 18 Bandanas (9 per side make a great picnic quilt) Amazing bandana variety pack here.
- Quilt Batting
- Safety pins
- Scissors, ruler, Basic sewing supplies
Red White and Blue Bandana Quilt Sewing instructions:
1. Start by laying out your bandanas into a pleasing pattern.
2. Line up the bandanas right sides together and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Sew all the bandanas together in a row and then sew the rows together.
Don’t stress too much about lining the bandanas up perfectly or matching up corners, because this will not happen! Bandanas are never cut straight!
3. Repeat the steps above for the other quilt side.
4. Iron all the seams flat. (You really could just stop here and have an adorable tablecloth to use for your family celebrations. Like my bandana tablecloths here.)
5. Lay one side of the quilt flat on the ground with the wrong side up and top with the quilt batting. If you need to trim the quilt batting to fit, be sure to leave 3 to 4 inches around the entire quilt in case the bandanas or batting shift when quilting.
6. Use safety pins and pin the quilt batting in place. Sew a couple of quilting lines down the quilt to hold the batting in place. Remove all the pins.
7. Make your quilt “sandwich” by laying the quilt back out on the floor with the batting side down and and place the 2nd quilt side on top with the wrong side facing up.
8. Sew along the edges, leaving a 10 inch opening so you can flip the quilt right side out.
9. Trim the edges to a scant 1/4 inch.
10. Flip the quilt right side out.
11. Hand or machine sew the opening closed. You could iron the edges flat and topstitch around the edges, though I chose not to do this for time sake.
12 Add a couple more lines of quilting to hold the quilt front and back in place. You can really do as much or as little quilting as you want.
You are done!
I haven’t washed the quilt yet, I want to get to the store and pick up some more of the shout color catchers for the first few washes. They really do work and I want to be double sure the red bandanas don’t turn the white bandanas pink!
My “assistant” could not wait to give the quilt a test run…
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