Friday, July 13, 2012

Tutorial: Strip and Flip Baby Quilt

Strip and Flip Quilt Tutorial

This fun scrappy quilt is quick to put together and great for beginners. Use lots of different colors to keep it bright and fun…or just a few colors to keep it calm and simple.

Rainbow Strip and Flip Quilt Tutorial

Finished Size:  36" x 41"

Fabrics for a rainbow quilt

1.  You’ll need to cut 27  color strips 2" x width of the fabric (at least 36") and

 2 white strips 1 1/2" x width of the fabric (at least 42").

Cut strips for the rainbow quilt

2.  Lay the color strips out in the order you want them.

Rainbow Strips Quilt

3.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the strips into pairs first…then sew the pairs all together.  Alternate the sewing direction when sewing the strips/pairs together, and don’t pull the strips…this will help prevent stretching and keep the strips straight.

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4.  Press the seams open.  This takes a bit more time but the nice straight seams are worth it!

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5.  Fold the length of the quilt top in half and align it carefully on the cutting mat.  Trim the edges straight until the quilt top is 35" wide.

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6.  With the quilt still on the cutting table, make a cut 8" in from the right side.  Make another cut 5" in from the last cut.

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7.  Sew a white strip onto each side of the 5" strip.  Press towards the white strips and trim the ends.

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8.  Rotate the strip 180 degrees, and sew the strip back in between the larger pieces to make the quilt top.  Press towards the white strips.

Strip and Flip Rainbow Quilt Tutorial

Fast, fun, and CUTE!

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80 comments:

Kara said...

This is adorable, and looks like you can whip it up in an afternoon!

Mimi said...

Love the variety of designs and colours!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial and the tips!!!

Katie Fleming said...

This is so simple but awesome!!! I love all of the colors! Wonder how it would look from a jelly roll...maybe with a Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Roll Up!!!

- Katie Fleming
Kate Michelle Designs

*katie said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing :)

Elsa said...

Fast and easy ~ my kind of sewing! Thanks so much for the tutorial ~ such a bright and cheery quilt.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Thanks Allison! I always love your work!

Palak said...

I love this! It's super clever. It might become my go-to baby quilt pattern!

Auntie Pami said...

Very nice. Wish I had a lot of those colors in my stash, but a perfect inspiration to keep adding...Thanks!

Carla said...

Brilliant! Thanks for a fun little quilt : )

{northern cottage} said...

Absolutely gorgeous but oh so fun!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you for a great tutorial for a wonderful little quilt.

Peggy said...

What a great way to use up some of the bits of fabric I have laying around!!

Lynne Tilley said...

I just love this, and especially the way you flip that one piece and put it back in. Love that!

Kimberly said...

lovelovelovelovelove!

And if you go with 2.5" strips, it's jelly roll friendly! Yay!

The Perfect Trio said...

this makes me want to quilt. well, i do want to already...this makes it look do-able for me!

Lori said...

I love this quilt so much! thank you for the tutorial!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Super cute, fun, and fresh. Love it!!!
Julie

Chaotic Crafting said...

I love this! I am rather new to the sewing world and was wanting to find a simple to understand pattern for a quilt. I am getting a cutting mat and new rottary cutter for my birthday, so I will have to try this out!

marysza said...

I looooooooooove it!!! I'm sure I will try to make one in the future! :))

Des said...

Thanks so much for these awesome quick tutorials. They are so good!

toots2u said...

Your ideas and tutorials are awesome and achievable. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Tiara said...

You are so smart. I feel so dumb to not have realized the middle was just upside down

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Too cute! Great way to use up scraps too!

MGM

Kelly O. said...

this is sooo cute! thank you for sharing!

Sinead said...

thanks for sharing this, my best friend is having a baby and now i know what I can 'attempt' to make her.

TLB said...

Love this!

Carol said...

Beautiful quilt and your tutorial makes it look achievable. Thank you.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Carol xx

Quilty Conscience said...

What a wonderful, fun pattern! Thankyou! Toni

Jaclyn said...

When I saw this the other day I secretly hoped you would put up a tutorial! Love it!!

Mull3g said...

Thanks for this great easy, but effective quilt. I love it!

Lana said...

Great quilt. Love the colors. The strips would be super fast to cut with the AccuQuilt cutter, or the Go Baby cutter.

Truffle queen said...

Thanks for sharing! What a cute and quick and simple baby quilt! I'm thinking that cutting out the piece and putting on sashing would make one of those 2 1/2 strip "race" quilts more interesting!? ding, ding, ding!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Brilliant! Love this design! Thank you :)

MartyrQuilters - piecemakers reluctantly giving up housework! said...

Many thanks, I tried it this afternoon, more random colours for a baby boy. Love it. Will try and post a pic on my blog in the next day or two. You are very clever. Lovelovelove it

Mercedes said...

I love yours tutorials!
Thank you.
Best regards!

cat and vee xoxo said...

love this idea, it's so effective but super fast and easy!!

Am going to 'pin' it now so I don't lose it. thanks so much for taking the time to blog it. Cat.

themissymom said...

Fast, fun, and cute is such a satisfying way to sew! Nice work, as usual!

Amanda Rose said...

This is great work! Thanks for sharing!

http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

simplesew said...

fun

Sabs said...

This is lovely! I'm going to pin it if that's ok so I can save it to make for later. I'm definitely going to try it! Thanks so much x

Yvonne W said...

Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so simple-- would love to give it a try.

Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said...

This came at just the right time. I have been searching for a simple, fun pattern to make. We found out that we are having a Christmas time baby, and I have a Merry and Bright Jelly Roll I got a couple of years ago. This is simple enough for my exhausted preggo brain, so thanks for the tutorial:)

Andrea Turner said...

Really pretty and super fun! I think this would be a great project to do with a jelly roll (just so I don't have to cut the strips).

dani macsnider said...

i just found your blog... where has it been all my life! haha...ive spent the past 2 hours exploring and im so excited about what iv'e found! this quilt in particular. i will be whipping it up soon! thanks for sharing!!!

LaLa Kids said...

Love your tutorial and the quilt is just beautiful. Love the fun colors. May even give it a go this weekend.

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a great quilt! Another winner from Cluck Cluck Sew!

lugarandcompany said...

Lov'n your blog and you are making me want to sew again! Beautiful work!

amandajean said...

this is BRILLIANT! thank you so much for the tutorial! love your fabric choices, too!

Mary said...

I just want you to know, I found your site through Pinterest, a post of this adorable quilt ! I am primarily a food blogger, but sometimes sewing, quilting and crocheting are what relaxes me more ! You have an absolutely beautiful site, and just browsing through has relaxed me for my day ! Thank you !

Jenny Lynn said...

simply wonderful and creative. I love that it flips the pattern and that it uses so many different patterns, and colors.

Flash said...

OMG! I LOVE this!

Jenn Mellott said...

How fantastic would this be with a jelly roll from V & Co's new Simply Color line? So easy and pretty!

Becky said...

I've been out of town for a couple of weeks and unable to check your latest posts. I have some catching up to do! I just loooove this quilt! Perfect to make for my grand-babies...and your baby is just adorable. We have several red-head babies right now and I really want them to stay little and cuddly :)

Kate Brown said...

really cute!

Jen said...

My first attempt at making this quilt is at the link below. I found the idea here on your blog so I thought I would share. Thanks so much for the great idea!

http://jencrutchfield.blogspot.com/2012/08/quilt-stripes-for-charlotte.html

Eugenia said...

Love this!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

This. Is. Awesome. Just saw the link at "The Name Game" at "Live a Colorful Life". Now you've got me inspired. Beautiful simplicity. Thanks for sharing!

Angela Mccormick said...

This quilt is just perfect. I have just discovered this site and I think it's fantastic. Thank you. No. 1 fan.

Lynne Shandley said...

Brilliant. Just totally brilliant. Thanks for sharing :-)

Wendy said...

how lovely! I love the colours. thanks so much for sharing

DivaMomCarol said...

Hi Allison! I love this and it's in my "quilting queue" that's for sure. I just heard that someone placed the child's name on the strip...wouldn't that also be awesome? So many options on placement on that one, huh? Blessings on your New Year!

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Cute, cute quilt! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Kathy said...

Made one this weekend for my daughter. I love it - it was so simple - yet stunning results. Thanks for the tut!!

Jacqueline Maxman said...

<3 <3 <3 THANK YOU! I needed a quick finish and a new blankey for my foster baby. With one modification, this was done in a couple hours. (I did 4" strips instead of 2") Came out SUPER cute!!!!

Linen Blue said...

I love your designs. But I have one question for this lovely quilt. How did you cut the long strip straight? Did you fold the fabric half the WOF? I had a difficult time doing a straight cut when I folded the fabric before. Thank you.

Linen Blue said...

I love your designs. But I have one question for this lovely quilt. How did you cut the long strip straight? Did you fold the fabric half the WOF? I had a difficult time doing a straight cut when I folded the fabric before. Thank you.

mysweetiepiepie vintage said...

Hi,

I've pinned your wonderful tutorial here:

http://pinterest.com/pin/191332684141823791/

Cheers :+)

MrsArtLady said...

I'm fairly new to quilting but I just had to try making this one. The excuse I used was some friends of ours were expecting their 2nd child. The color scheme was grey, purple & lime green (in the new nursery.) I used purple minky for the back & purchased lime green satin blanket binding to finish the edges. I couldn't believe it turned out as neat as it did! Keeping all those strips straight was a bit tough but I managed some how.
I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who is new to quilting. (I wish I could show you the finished quilt but don't know how to post a photo here!)

scarletcalliope said...

I came across your blog when I saw a pin on Pinterest. This is amazing. I really want to start quilting, but all of it seems so difficult and confusing. This seems like something even I can do!

Thanks for sharing!

Christine Barker
www.ScarletCalliope.com

nanna said...

Do you have a video tutorial of this ? I am much better with that type of directions that the written ones. Are the strips on both sides with nothing in between? Thank you. Nancy

nena said...

wow, I really like this quilt pattern. I am going to make it for sure. they would make great gifts. It looks very fun and easy to make.

Jenninbrissy said...

Wow!!! Love love love :). Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It's now on my do make list :).

Cheers,
Jenn from Mellycoddle :).

ann said...

I used this tutorial to make an ombre quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!
http://sweetmariesewing.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/ombre-waves-quilt-finished/

ann said...

I used this tutorial to make an ombre quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!
http://sweetmariesewing.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/ombre-waves-quilt-finished/

Kelli Marshall said...

What a fantastic use of scraps. I love how easy it is, but with a simple flip, looks difficult! A must show to our readers at http://www.southernfabric.com
Thanks for this great tutorial!

Kelli

Kathy said...

I just found your tutorial post through Southern Fabric. I like the simplicity but being somewhat new, I have a question: How do you keep track of alternating sewing direction for the strip pairs? Thank you!

Linda Molden said...

I love this idea, but the pictures don't show up in the tutorial. I would love to see them.

racheariel said...

Just wanted to add my praise for this quilt. I love it! I was inspired to make it when MakeIt-LoveIt featured it. Here's my post with my version:
http://www.silverbobs.com/blog/?p=392

Thanks for sharing the quilt and directions!

-julia said...

I was wondering how you'd quilt this? Try to follow the stripe pattern or do something more flowy?

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Your baby quilt is stunning, Allison!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Here's a link to my strip and flip quilt...
http://www.threadingmyway.com/2014/07/barcelona-strip-and-flip-quilt.html

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