Additional Craft Information:
Maybe you've been enjoying another's quilting work for a while now and you've decided to dip your toe into the water and test the temperature but are uninformed about how or where to begin to learn about the tools, materials and even the methods of producing your own personal creations in this popular folk art that has been passed down through generations.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Your quest to begin producing your own colorful, expressive quilts can commence when you examine cotton broadcloth and gingham, which are popular fabrics for quilters of all experience levels. Sidestep the temptation to use different kinds of fabric (which can end up in any lighter kinds of fabric stretched or torn by heavier ones), and select just one kind even though the fabric outlet you visit will probably have all kinds, colors and textures of fabric, and each and every one will seem to be calling your name. When you select fabric by the yard you may decide to begin quilting with cotton broadcloth because it is frequently readily available, comes in a wide scope of colors, styles and print patterns, and is relatively light in weight and easy to work with, even for the novice quilter.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
If baby quilts are your goal, then you might think about soft-as-silk, tough as leather flannel for your quilting project because it's warmer than cotton broadcloth, colorful and very attractive, although also weightier than broadcloth. Batik fabric is cotton that has been dyed like the hand-tinted patterns common in batik fabrics, and is usually quite durable and colorful, especially in the vibrant blues often associated with this kind of patterning, although bear in mind that batik is a bit more pricey than other cotton fabrics.
You could think about exploring quilting fabric, which is especially designed for quilters, as you explore the many different fabric options available to you in online or brick and mortar stores that usually deal in wide ranges of fabric in every conceivable hue and tint, as well as almost all possible textures and finishes. Usually, quilts are created in three layers, with the quilt top, which is the colorful pattern that you will craft from various pieces of fabric, the batting or wadding, which fills out the center of the quilt and gives it 3-dimensional mass as well as better insulation performance, and finally the backing material, often muslin, is sewn on the bottom of the quilt.
You'll have one last step to execute once you've sewn together the three layers of your new creation and are ready to put the finishing touches on it; this is sewing a binding all along the edges of the piece to make it stronger and to give a more polished, satisfying look.