Look at Bean – all ready for bed in his flannel jammies, cozily tucked in under his brand new quilt.
He’s ready for his bedtime story!
The quilt (and the name) are inspired by a river of hot fudge covered with brightly-colored sprinkles. That’s sure to bring him sweet dreams. 🙂
Sprinkles is a doll-sized quilt I designed especially for the dolls in The Dress Up Bunch – but it’s also just the right size for American Girl dolls and lots of random teddy bears and stuffed animals.
It’s super easy to make – comes together in just a few hours. You can make it during a naptime or two!
If you’ve never made a quilt before, this is a great one to start with. I designed it to be especially easy! The blocks are easy to cut, they go together without any fussy seam intersections, and the quilting is easy.
Here’s how to make it!
- 1/2 yard chocolate brown fabric (I used Sketch flannel in Coffee from Timeless Treasures)
- 1 fat quarter backing fabric
- small scraps for the sprinkles (less than 1/4 yard total)
- small piece (approximately 16″ x 20″) of batting (I used Warm & Plush 100% cotton batting from The Warm Company)
Chocolate brown fabric Cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ wide, the full width of the fabric. From those strips cut the following. . .
- 4 rectangles, each 2 1/2″ x 14″
- 17 squares, each 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
- 18 rectangles, each 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
Cut 2 strips 2 1/4″ wide for the binding
Sprinkles fabrics Cut 18 rectangles, each 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
Backing fabric 1 fat quarter, uncut
Join your smallest rectangles into squares. For each square join 1 brown rectangle with one sprinkle/colored rectangle. Sew them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance (I very strongly recommend using a 1/4″ foot on your sewing machine for accurate piecing!)
Press the seam allowance flat. It doesn’t matter which way you press it - this quilt has no nested seams. I usually press toward the darker fabric, but in this case, the brown flannel was thicker than the sprinkles fabric so I pressed it toward the thinner fabric.
Repeat with the remaining small rectangles until you have 18 squares.
Join all the blocks together as shown in the diagram.
First sew the blocks into rows, alternating brown blocks with the pieced brown/sprinkles blocks you made in Step 2. Press all your seams flat.
Then sew those rows together with your long rectangles between them. Press your seams flat.
You’re done with your quilt top!
Time to put the layers together! Watch this video to see how to layer and baste your quilt sandwich.
Time to quilt!
A small quilt like this is also a great opportunity to give Big Stitch Quilting a try.
I quilted this top in two steps. First I quilted around each sprinkle. Then I quilted across the surface of the entire quilt with diagonal lines that went corner to corner on all the squares – skipping over the sprinkles.
The squares are small enough that no marking is needed - just eyeball it. You can see the quilting in these photos of the front and back of the quilt.
Almost done! Now you just have to bind the edges - my favorite part. Watch this video to see how to bind your quilt.
Dress your doll in their favorite jammies, read them a story, then tuck them in under their cozy new quilt. Then brag a little! Or a lot. :-) You just made a quilt! Pat yourself on the back. Call everyone you know. Take photos and share them in the Shiny Happy People group. Share them other places too – but tag them #shinyhappyworld so I see them too. 🙂
Happy quilting! And have a great weekend!
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