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How to Make a Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim

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How to Make a Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim
Rather than creating a patchwork top, you can simply make a whole cloth quilt using a single piece of fabric and tying the layers. A fun alternative to a bias binding is the use of ric rac as trim. This is a page about how to make a whole cloth tied quilt with ric rac trim.
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Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - child under quiltMy son asked his nana to make him a quilt for his firetruck "Big Spiffy". He absolutely loves it and so does she!

Supplies:

  • 1 yard 45" fabric
  • 1 yard 45" coordinating fabric
  • 2 packages jumbo ric rac
  • 1 bag polyester batting (45" x 36" or bigger)
  • Perle cotton embroidery floss
  • embroidery needles
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • tissue paper, optional for use in sewing seams

Steps:

  1. Trim off selvage edges of the fabric. Also trim both pieces of fabric to the same size.
  2. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - trimming off selvage
     
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  3. Determine what your seam allowance will be. We used a 1/2" seam. When marking the line for the ric rac, your line will be 1/8" closer to the edge than your seam. For instance, with a 1/2" seam, the line will be drawn at 3/8" from he edge of the fabric. Mark and draw your lines on right side of one of the pieces of fabric (see photos below).
  4. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - measuring for pic rac placement
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - drawing line for ric rac placement
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - line
     
  5. We chose to not pin the ric rac, instead aligned it as we sewed. Keep the "valleys" in the ric rac along the line (see example below). Sew along the line, adjusting the ric rac as you go. Trim off excess ric rac and tie off the threads. Optional: Carefully use a lighter to melt the edges to prevent fraying.
  6. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - sewing ric rac in place
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - close up of sewing on ric rac
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - corner with ric rac sewn
     
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  7. Put the fabric pieces, right sides together, on top of the batting. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric. Pin in place, then trim off any excess batting around the edges.
  8. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - seam pinned with the stitching for the ric rac visible
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - pin seam and cut off excess batting
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - fabric pieces with right sides together and batting stack
     
  9. Cut strips of tissue paper and lay them under the batting as you sew to prevent the batting from catching on the sewing machine. Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around the quilt, leaving an opening on one side for turning it right side out.
  10. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - sewing three layers together
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - close up of sewing seam
     
  11. Remove the tissue paper from the back of the quilt, as shown below.
  12. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - removing tissue paper from seam
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - finished seam
     
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  13. Trim away the batting between the seam and the edge of the quilt, as shown below. This will eliminate excess thickness once you turn the quilt right side out.
  14. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - closeup of removing excess batting after sewing seam
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - excess batting removed from seam allowance
     
  15. Snip off the corners.
  16. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - clip corners
     
  17. Turn the quilt right side out.
  18. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - turn right side out
     
  19. Finger press the seams, then pin them in place. Top stitch all the way around the quilt with a 1/4" seam. Note: At the place where you left the opening for turning, be sure to turn the seam edges in so that your opening will be sewn shut when you top stitch.
  20. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - finger press seam and pin
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - topstitch 1/4 inch from edge of quilt
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - view of top stitching
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - make sure seam allowance is turned in where opening left for turning
     
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  21. Quilts with polyester batting should be tied about every 3-4 inches. Use a ruler to mark the quilt every 3-4 inches with a pin. I recommend marking one whole row at a time.
  22. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - measuring for tying
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim place pins to mark tie spots
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - two rows of pins
     
  23. Then using a sewing needle and Perle floss, sew down and back up at each pin, making sure to go through ALL layers of the quilt. Pull the thread enough to move to the next pin, creating a "running stitch". Work your way across the quilt with one continuous stitch.
  24. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - using perle floss to complete a running stitch coming up and going down next to pins
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - stitch between pins
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - snip floss half way between pins
     
  25. Now cut the thread in the center, between each marked stitch. Then tie each segment of thread with a square knot. See photos below.
  26. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim
     
    Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - tie in square knots
     
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  27. I hope you enjoy your quilt!
  28. Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim - toddle with large firetruck under the quilt
     
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