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Making Long-Lasting Kids’ Quilts

Making Long-Lasting Kids’ Quilts

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Kids love their quilts.  They sleep with them, snuggle with them, play pretend with them and drag them everywhere.  As a quilter, you can be proud you’ve made a quilt that’s so well-loved, but it’s an unavoidable fact that this kind of love wears quilts out. 

Here are a few tips to make your kinds’ quilts last longer under everyday wear and tear.

  • Use quality fabric.  However cute the print or perfect the color, if the actual fabric isn’t sturdy the quilt won’t last.
  • Use quality thread.  It will be less likely to shred or break under heavy use.
  • Machine quilt.  It will hold up better to dragging around and frequent machine washings.
  • Zigzag the edge of the quilt sandwich before binding.  If the binding is ever torn loose, the zigzag will hold the quilt layers together until repairs are made.
  • Use double-fold binding.  Binding edges get a lot of wear, and a double-fold binding takes longer to wear through.
  • Machine-stitch the binding.  It will be less likely to come loose.
  • Add some repair fabric hidden under the label in case it’s needed later.

By following these tips your treasured quilt gift can last throughout a rough-and-tumble childhood.


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One Comment

  1. Wonderful tips Janelle, I’m about to finish a baby quilt for my daughter!

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