Elephants and Glitter mini Dolls Quilt
This stunning Indian elephant collection of fabrics have been created in beautiful bright and bold colours, which went together so well with the metallic threads.
Finished size of baby doll Quilt: 20” x 17” (perfect for a girls/boy’s baby doll bed)
Materials • Fat quarter bundle of the Bright Indian Elephant fabrics from craftcotton • Two pieces of white fabric, each measuring 12” x 20” • Two pieces of ‘purple textured blender’ fabric, each measuring 6” x 20” • 1 fat quarter of ‘navy blue textured blender’ fabric • 38” of dark navy-blue bias binding • Extra thick wadding measuring 18” x 21” • Fat quarter of heat and bond • Gutermann thread, in metallic silver and baby pink
Haberdashery items • Iron-away marker pen • Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors • Iron • basic sewing supplies • pins • Baste spray • 4” heart template and 2.5” template
CREATIVEBLONDE TIP Use metallic silver thread to blanket stitch your hearts in place, it looks so wonderful next to the Indian elephant fabric.
Making the dolls quilt…
Take your ‘heat and bond’ and draw around the heart template 13 times. Roughly cut these out, leaving excess around the template, and iron onto the wrong side of the fabrics you have chosen to make the hearts from. (I made: 3 pink elephants, 2 teal elephants, 4 navy textured blend, 2 white baby elephants, and 2 teal baby elephants = 13 hearts)
Cut these hearts out accurately, and baste or pin in place on one of the white pieces of fabric.
Step 3 Using the Gutermann metallic silver thread, blanket stitch your hearts in place. Take your two purple pieces, and the other white piece and with right sides together, join them up, but before you sew the final two ends together, spray baste the top of the quilt to the wadding, sew up the final edge, and turn right way out, so your wadding is inside. (top and bottom of quilt not joined yet) (photo below showing the back of the quilt)
To quilt this blanket, draw 2.5” hearts in 6 places on the front, using a heat removable marker. I then hand quilted the hearts, making sure to go through all the layers. I used a baby pink thread.
Trim top and bottom of the quilt, and sew your bias binding in place on to the front, then hand sew with a small stitch on the reverse. Your dolls quilt is finished, if you wanted to make the quilt larger, you could use this as a panel and join them together.
I love the cosiness of this quilt, using the extra thick wadding, I will have to make myself one, the colours are so inspiring.
Creativeblonde recommends the following; Retailer for the Indian Elephant fabrics and other fabrics needed to complete this project www.craftcotton.com
Stockist for Gutermann threads Gutermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk
By Michelle Roberts at CreativeBlonde for the Craft Cotton Company 2017