How to quilt

Gaye Bocock

Home Design Advisor, Cambridge

Quilted Pram Cover

This is a very easy introduction to quilting. I have layered the fabrics and used a simple grid pattern of machine stitching and binding the edges.

What you'll need:

  • 70cm of fabric for the top layer. I have used an elephant patterned material (available in our shops, stock number 504 72763 £13pm). You can also use fabric quarters if you'd like a patchwork effect.
  • 70cm of spot fabric. I have used a pale blue spot material (available in our shops, stock number 504 72504 £13pm)
  • 70cm of 4oz wadding (available in our shops, stock number 506 54202 £4pm)
  • 20mm wide satin bias binding (available in our shops, stock number 581 63302 £3.75)
  • Sewing Thread
  • Scissors 


How to make it:

  1. Cut out a piece 65cm x 50cm in the elephant fabric.
  2. Cut out a piece 60cm x 45cm in spot fabric and the same in wadding
  3. On a flat surface, lay out the elephant fabric wrong side up, centrally place the wadding on top and then the spot fabric, right side up, on top of the wadding. Smooth out the layers to remove any wrinkles, then pin through the layers starting at the middle and working out to the corners and the sides
  4. Using a coloured thread and following the spots, baste a diamond grid pattern, across the cover to hold the fabrics together. To help ease the needle up through the layers use a teaspoon as a lever for the needle to push up against.
  5. Machine quilt through all the layers following the spots as a guide. When stitching, re-enforce the beginning and end of each row of machining so the stitches do not come undone.
  6. Trim away the extra fabric from the sides. Remove the basting stitches.
  7. Lay the quilted cover down and use the base of a mug to draw a curve at each corner. Trim the fabric away to form smooth curves.
  8. Using the crease of the binding as a guide, pin and machine stitch along this line all around the cover and overlapping at the end by 1cm. Cut off rest of the binding.
  9. Flip over the cover and fold over the binding edge to meet the machine stitches.
  10. Sew the binding in place by hand using a slip stitch being careful not to go through all the layers of fabric.

Our Sewing Machine buyng guide will help you choose the right sewing machine for your needs; it explains the difference between various models and key functions to look out for. You'll see different sewing machines being used in our Sewing Machine video.

    Tip: I have chosen a spotted backing fabric and I have followed the dots to form my grid. This makes it a much easier process.