Jessica from Sew Homegrown joins us today with this fun Chevron Bedscarf tutorial, perfectly adaptable for any number of projects from table runners and bags to scarves, pillows and more! Check out Sew Homegrown for lots of tutorials and projects to help you “embrace the art of homemaking.” Enjoy today’s fun, and let us know if you use this Chevron technique in something you create!
Hello Sew,Mama,Sew! readers! I’m so honored to be posting over here today. I would like to share with you my tutorial for a Quilted Chevron Bedscarf.
A bedscarf is a small throw to put across the foot of your bed.
It adds a nice pop of color and can be switched out with the seasons. This bedscarf is a great way to start quilting without the large commitment of time and money it takes to make a full size quilt. I quilted it on my machine, but if you want to practice your hand-quilting skills this would be a great project for that too.
Let’s get started!
- 2 1/2 yards solid cotton for the backing (I used Kona cotton Bahama Blue)
- 1 1/4 yards white cotton for the large stripes (I used Kona cotton Snow)
- 1 1/4 yards total of various cotton prints for small stripes
- Twin-sized cotton batting
- Coordinating threads
- Sewing Machine
- Clear Quilting Ruler
- Self Healing Mat
- Rotary Cutter
- Water Soluble Pen
- Safety Pins
Step 1: Using a rotary cutter, cut out 14 white strips 5″x22″ (your cotton should be 44″ or 45″ wide so if you cut seven strips 5″ wide while it is folded, then you can simply cut each strip in half at the fold and that will give you 14). Now cut 28 strips of the cotton prints 2 1/2″x22″.
Cut even numbers of each fabric so that you will be able to create a mirror image to form the chevrons. So either cut 2, 4, 6 or 8 strips of a certain fabric. OR make it really easy on yourself and just use one or two fabrics.
I used 9 different fabrics (’cause apparently I like complicated…) and labeled them A-I. This is how I cut them:
Step 2: Once you have all of your strips cut…
…It is time to start piecing.
Use the 45 degree angle guide on the self healing mat and lay out the strips to form piece number 1.
Once you have it laid out, sew the strips right sides together and press the seams open.
Lay your clear ruler over the right edge of the piece and trim off the excess following the 45 degree angle. Then measure at a right angle 7″ out from that edge and make a mark. Continue to mark 7″ away from the edge, then cut along that mark. Cut one more 7″ strip out of that piece, and then you should have both #1 pieces.
You will make 8 strips like this.
Repeat this process to create both #3 pieces. Now turn your self-healing mat so that the 45 degree guide is facing the opposite way. Piece #2 and #4 in the same manner as above only going the opposite direction. You have to do this in order to get the chevrons to line up. This is what your 8 pieces should look like:
Whew– That was the most tedious part. Now onto putting the top together.
Step 3: Sew pieces #1 to pieces #3 to create two long strips. Then sew pieces #2 to pieces #4 to create two more long strips. Now you should have four long strips that, when lined up, create the beautiful chevron shape. Lay the outer strips on top of the inner strips. Pin the edges and sew right sides together.
Press the seam (don’t skip this, otherwise your quilt won’t lay flat).
Now you should have two large pieces. Lay them right sides together and pin the center seam.
Sew and then press the seam open.
Ta-da! The top is finished.
Step 4: Now lay the 2 1/2 yards of backing on a large surface– I use my kitchen floor. Then lay the batting on top of the backing. Then lay your top (cut off the ends so they are straight across) on the batting, making the quilt sandwich. Trim the batting so it is the same size as the quilt top.
Smooth out all of the wrinkles and safety pin it well so that it won’t scoot around while you quilt it.
Step 5: Sew (or hand quilt) along the white strips, following the chevron, through all three layers.
Go slowly so that your bottom layer won’t bunch or pucker.
Once you have finished that… It’s just time to bind it up!
Step 6: Starting in the center of the long side, fold the edges of the backing over about an inch, and then fold it over again.
I created a 1″ binding here. Press it and pin it well, working from the center of each side to the corners. When you reach a corner, miter it like this:
Then simply top stitch the binding on.
That’s it– A new bedscarf for your bed!
Of course this process could be used to make any number of things; I’m thinking about making a chevron bag using this technique… Hmmm… So many projects, so little time. If you get a chance, come hang out and make tons more sewing projects with me at Sew Homegrown. Thanks Sew,Mama,Sew! for having me on!