This is a DIY tutorial post with general instructions for making quilted blanket cover using used saris and thus is a recycling project too.
Namaste and hello Dear Tantu readers!
Hope you are doing great! Its long since I shared some DIY tutorial with you. It’s finally raining in Pune and that made me think of making a quilted blanket cover. Same is in front of you today as a tutorial!
Quilted Blanket Cover
This is a blanket cover that is done using some techniques of quilting. This blanket cover is for a double blanket of about 82″x90″ size. Beginners please note, this is not a DIY for making a quilt in true form. (After reading a comment from one of my reader, I felt I need to clarify this as I must not mislead any one.)
We were gifted a beautiful fuzzy blanket almost two years ago, which we have been using during winter. It becomes so heavy when dipped in water that washing becomes very difficult. So, I had to make a light and washable cover for that. I took used cotton and voile saris for making a quilted cover. Just yesterday I completed this quilted blanket cover, which I was busy making for last 6 days.
I took a parrot green cotton sari with orange border for the front part. I decided to use a mixed coloured floral printed voile sari for quilting on top of this parrot green sari. A pale orange voile sari with pale green border was chosen for the back part. A dark sap green voile sari with large floral prints in white looked apt for edging of the cover.
How Did I Make The Quilted Blanket Cover?
I measured the length (L) and width of the blanket. I needed one whole sari for one side. Comparing the lengths and widths of the saris with that of the blanket, I decided to make 16 parts for one side of the cover. I got length (l) and width (w) of these 16 parts by following calculation:
l = (L/4) + 2cm seam allowance
w = (W/4) + 2cm seam allowance
I made some plans for quilting. But, soon I realised that the borders of the saris will not allow me to be much creative.
I took the parrot green sari for the front side. Since the saris I took had 2w width, I could get 2 parts widthwise and since the sari length was 8l + pallu, I could get 8 parts lengthwise. So, I could cut 16 parrot green parts excluding pallu.
Similarly, I made 16 pale orange parts ready with l length and w width for the back side.
I took the mixed coloured printed sari for hiding the orange border in the parrot green parts. I made random lengthwise cuts so that I can hide the border and create some abstract design. I used the dark pink border of the sari to create some interesting points. This design inspired by the Hop! Skip! Jump! Quilt from my Sew Red book. Sorry! No photos, I am not sure if I am permitted share the same. I stitched them randomly as shown in one of the parts.
I joined the four parts in each row and then joined the four rows together. Thus, I joined all the 16 parrot green parts together.
In the same way, I joined the 16 pale orange parts. I left the dark sap green border as it is since it will be the back part.
I cut the dark sap green printed sari into about 15cm wide lengthwise stripes. They were folded halfway twice. These were to be used as edging.
I placed the right sides of front (parrot green) and back (pale orange) of the cover facing each other. Keeping the sap green edging strip in between the front and back edges (where I had to join them together), I joined them together in three sides. The fourth sides (that had to be kept as openings) were also edged using same sap green strips.
Thus, quilted blanket cover is ready. I laid the blanket inside this cover. I tacked at random points so that it remains firm.
And, I enjoyed making my first quilting project (after some samples done when I was a student) and recycling saris!
So, my Dear Reader, how’s it? Have you done quilting so far? If not, will you give a try? Do you think this tutorial is useful?
Bye until the next post!