It was a long time coming (about 3 months!!) but this beauty is FINALLY done! I had so much fun making this awesome baby blanket for my friend’s little boy! If you’re like me you won’t be able to resist the temptation to make your own crochet joined quilt so here’s the tutorial!
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for my quilt in sunshine, blue mint, and dark country blue. I like this yarn because of the color selection and how soft it is! I would not use yarn any thicker than this (you would have a very hard time with the blanket stitching around the edge of the squares and the stitches would be very crowded) but you could definitely use a lighter weight yarn if you want to.
The fabric I used for my quilt came from the remnants bin at Joann! It’s a fabulous way to get what you need for a great price since you do not need a lot of one fabric (unless you want to do the whole thing in one print/color). I chose all 100% cotton fabrics and mixed/matched bright colors.
I decided to “hand quilt” designs on the solid color squares and I love how they turned out! I made the decision to do this after I’d sewn all my squares so I did it free-hand without a hoop (they were too bulky/small to fit in a hoop). I am not going to include a tutorial on how to do that part but wanted to mention it as a way to take your quilt to the next level if you want to add the extra step. It is VERY time consuming but worth it! I used a washable fabric marker, stencils, a quilting needle, and hand quilting thread to add the designs.
After blocking, my quilt was approximately 4 ft and 10 inches square. Something to keep in mind when you are planning out your design is that you can add/remove squares to adjust it to the size you want and/or arrange the squares in a rectangle rather than a square. I chose to go with a 6×6 square blanket because I knew that was what my friend preferred – she told me in the past that she loves square blankets for her kids because she doesn’t have to spend time figuring out which side is the long side.
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Want to make your own? Here’s how!
Disclaimer: I’m fairly new to sewing so my skill level for sewing the quilt squares is limited by that experience (or lack thereof…). Also, I apologize for the quality of some of the photos… if I make another one I will update them.
- 72 6-inch squares of fabric in the color/pattern of your choosing
- 36 6-inch squares of batting
- a sewing machine and thread (I purchased a Brother XM2701 Lightweight for this project and it was a fabulous machine to learn on!)
- a long, blunt tool for turning the corners (I used a chopstick)
- Approximately 1,400 yards of medium weight yarn in the color(s) of your choosing (you can use a lighter weight yarn but I would not go any thicker than this)
- 5.0 mm crochet hook (or hook recommended for the yarn you use)
- a ruler/measuring tool (I used the acrylic ruler I use when cutting fabric)
- a sturdy needle with a sharp point for “blanket stitching” the quilt squares (a thin needle WILL break)
- a yarn needle to weave in ends
To make the quilt squares:
Take 2 fabric squares and place them with the “right” sides facing each other. Place a square of batting on top of the fabric squares. Optional: pin the batting on top of the fabric squares so it does not slip when you are sewing. (I recommend this step – I kept my pins in the middle so they did not get in the way when I was sewing.)
Sew around the edge of the square and batting 1/2 inch from the edge. Do not sew all the way around! Make sure you leave about a 1 inch gap for turning it right-side out. Clip off the excess fabric on the corners (be careful not to cut into the stitches!) to reduce the amount of fabric you will have bunched up in the corners when you turn it right-side out. Reach into the pouch through the gap you left and begin pulling the square inside-out so that the “right” side of the fabric is now facing out. Use a long blunt tool (I used a chopstick) to gently prod the edges once it is turned right-side out to make them square.
Once your square is right-side out and the edges have been squared off, sew around the square again 1/4 inch from the edge. This time you DO sew all of the way around – do not leave a gap.
Repeat these steps for all 36 squares.
Blanket Stitch around the squares:
Once you have completed your quilt squares, you will blanket stitch around each one to create the base for your crochet edging. I used a template to mark each square with dots where I would sew for the blanket stitch. I created my template by using an index card (cut in half long-ways to make it easier to use) with 18 tick marks on it spaced 1/4 inch apart. I then used a washable fabric maker to transfer the tick marks to the square.
Note: my squares were mostly square-ish… I had to fudge the tick marks occasionally to make them all fit and it turned out fine.
You will work left to right across the square to blanket stitch. Measure out a 90 inch long piece of yarn. Thread your yarn through your sturdy, sharp needle and pierce the leftmost corner “dot” on your square (this just shows your where to go through from the back). Insert your needle through the back of your square into the hole you made and pull through. Be careful to avoid knots and make sure you leave several inches for weaving in your end. Once you have pulled the yarn through, insert your needle into the same hole (from the back) with the needle pointing up toward the seam at the top of the square and pull through again – this secures your first stitch and creates a loop. The loose yarn should always be on your left as you work across. You will now insert your needle into the next dot from the front and pull through (the rest of the stitches will all be from the front of the square). Repeat to the last dot on the opposite corner of this side of the square.
When you reach the opposite corner of your square, insert your needle into the corner dot a second time (from the front) and direct the yarn to the other side of the corner so that you have two stitches coming out of the same hole in a v-shape (one on each side of the corner). There will be a length of yarn extended between the two stitches on the backside of the square that will make your corner stitch when you start to crochet.
Continue your blanket stitch around the square, making sure to make 2 stitches in each corner, until you reach the last dot before the hole where your first stitch was made (this one already has your first stitch in it).
To finish of your blanket stitch round, insert your needle into the hole where your first stitch was made and pull your yarn through (this completes your “v” for this corner), then pull your yarn behind the corner of your square and tie off after looping through the top of the next stitch to secure your yarn and complete the last blanket stitch loop. (I just caught the first thread of the next stitch so my knot would not be too tight and make it difficult to fit the hook in later on.) Cut any excess yarn but make sure you leave a long enough tail to weave in your end.
Repeat this for all of your squares.
Granny square edging around the quilt squares:
This pattern is written in US terms.
ch = chain
sc =single crochet
dc = double crochet
slp st = slip stitch
Insert your hook into the second loop to the left of a corner. Pull up a loop of yarn and sc into the next loop. Sc into every loop from the blanket stitch round – sc only 1 time in the corners. Slp st into the first loop you pulled up to join this round.
Ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into the base of your ch 2, *ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc x 2 into the second sc* – repeat this along the side of your square. In the corners – dc x 3, ch 2, dc x 3 in the corner stitch. Slp st into the ch 2 to join this round.
Note: an option for a smaller blanket is to stop after the first round of dc
For the second round of dc:
Ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into the ch 1 space from the last round behind your ch 2, *ch 1, dc x 2 into the next ch 1 space from the last round* repeat this along the side of your square. In the corners, dc x 3, ch 2, dc x 3 into the corner space. Slip stitch into the ch 2 to join this round.
Repeat this for all of your squares.
To join the squares:
I joined my squares using the flat braid join method. See my tutorial here for instruction on how to do this.
Once all of your squares have been joined, connect your yarn in a corner and ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x 2, ch 2, dc x 3 into the corner space. *Ch 1, dc x 2 into the next loop* repeat this down the side of your blanket. For the corners, dc x3, ch 2, dc x 3 into the corner space. Repeat this as many times around as you’d like to get the size border you prefer. I did 6 rounds, 2 each in the yarn colors I used.
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