How to Sew A Quilt – A Quick Guide

How to sew a quilt

In the cooler winter months, everyone loves to get cosy under the blankets, drink steaming cocoa and watch their favourite movie. What better way to get comfy than under a quilt you made? Or you could spread the cosy joy and sew a quilt for your friends and loved ones! All you need is a sewing machine and a can-do attitude! This guide will teach you how to sew a quilt!

  1. Sewing a symmetrical and even quilt starts with symmetrical and evenly cut squares of fabric. Ensure you have the right sewing equipment (scissors, cutting mats and a wide ruler) before you get started. Assemble your thread, safety pins and fabric and ensure you have all the necessary accessories.
  2. Pre-wash and iron your fabric. This will make the cutting and sewing process a lot easier and it will be kinder to your tools. It will also wash out any excess dye. Importantly, any possible shrinking that may have happened will take place now, during the first wash, ensuring your quilt stays even after future washing.
  3. At this point, you should decide how big you want the squares on your quilt to be and cut them to the appropriate size. Remember to leave a 0,25cm allowance for sewing and overlap.
  4. Lay out all the cut pieces and assemble your quilt. At this stage, you choose where each individual piece should go in the whole.
  5. To reduce the amount of workspace needed, stack the rows in the order in which they need to be sewn. This will allow you to keep the pattern right but not have to keep the entire quilt laid out on the floor.
  6. Sew each individual row, then sew all the rows together. Remember to press the fabric with a hot iron before joining pieces to keep them smooth and wrinkle-free.
  7. If you want a heavy, multi-layered quilt, at this step you should sew the layers together.
  8. Sew the binding along the four edges, leaving the corners unsewn until the end. Then fold the corners and finish the binding.

Congratulations! You have just sewn a quilt.


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Our Top Tips for Sewing Garments

Sewing machine

Sewing can be tricky! Whether you are an old hand or a greenhorn to the sewing trade, there are always tips and tricks that you can employ to make your project come along a little bit easier and neater. While having a top of the range sewing machine does help, there are certain techniques that you can employ with even an affordable sewing machine. All you need is sewing equipment, a can-do attitude and this list of the top sewing tips:

  1. Use A Stay When Sewing on A Zipper
    A stay is a separate piece of fabric that will stabilize the area when the zipper is sewn. Stabilisation is necessary when sewing in general, but the added weight of the zipper makes it harder to keep in place. A stay ensures that your zipper will fit snug and lined up.
  2. “Fingertip Sewing”
    When sewing, you should never push or pull the fabric. This will result in unevenly spaced stitches and crumpled or wrinkled material. To avoid this, you should use “Fingertip sewing”. This method employs holding the fabric lightly in your fingertips while guiding it to the left or the right.
  3. Interfacing Is Important
    Interfacing is what gives a fabric its rigidity, strength and firmness. Without interfacing, the fabric would just flop around. You can use fusible interfacing on just about any fabric. Place the glue side of the interfacing on the wrong side of your fabric and then use a hot iron to press in place.
  4. Clip and Trim
    Clipping and trimming seam allowances as you go along (especially around curved pieces) allows you to see and work on the following pieces to be sewn.
  5. Finish the Fabric Edges.

Without a finishing, fabric edges are prone to fraying. Even if the garment looks acceptable without a finishing, you will find that after being washed and dried a few times the edges will start to fray, cheapening the look of the garment.


Empisal is a leading supplier of sewing machines, overlockers, ironing equipment and haberdashery items in Sub Saharan Africa. We specialise in sewing machines for garments, such as the Dressmaker 120A. If you need a reliable overlocker, consider the 760D. Empisal can provide you with both a sewing machine and the practical guidance and wisdom to turn your idea into a reality. Contact us for more information.