Are you looking for a creative way to share baby pictures with friends and family? Our Baby Month Photo Blanket is such a special way to showcase your precious little one’s growth each month! Follow this step-by-step machine embroidery tutorial to learn how to stitch your very own quilt using our Baby Month Applique designs – PK10021. Customize your color palette with coordinating background fabrics and number blocks for each month. With a few simple supplies and easy instructions, this enjoyable embroidered keepsake makes a great baby shower gift and handmade treasure that your family can pass down for generations to come! Once you learn how to make these applique designs, you can also stitch them on adorable baby onesies! The possibilities for adorable embroidered fun are endless.
- Baby Month Applique PK10021
- OESD Fusible Woven
- OESD Heat2Go
- OESD Ultra Clean and Tear
- OESD Expert Embroidery Tape TearAway
- OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
- OESD Grippy Grid
- 1 yard pale flannel for the background (if you choose not to chain hoop, 1 ½ yard)
- 1 yard coordinating flannel
- 1 1/3 yard flannel for backing
- ¼ yard fabric for binding
- Cotton fabric for applique – a great way to use scraps!
Gather your supplies.
Cut the applique pieces out of cotton fabric and Fusible Woven: Background shapes for the circles – 4” x 4” pieces, Numbers 1-9 – 3” x 3 ½”, Numbers 10-12 – 4” x 4”.
Press Fusible Woven to the wrong side of the cotton fabrics.
Choose which fabric combinations you’d like to use for your quilt. To keep everything in order, put the fabric for the numbers on top of the fabric for the circles. Set them aside.
To save supplies, you can chain hoop this project. Cut 2 strips 15” x WOF from the flannel background fabric. You’ll be able to get 6 hoops across a strip.
The goal is to get 6 hoops out of the width of the fabric and have enough fabric to cut 6 ½” squares. Using a marker, marked the center across the width of the fabric – 7 ½”.
Mark a vertical line 4 1/2” from the edge of the fabric. You can mark the others after the first embroidery is finished.
Hoop the Ultra Clean and Tear Stabilizer and fabric using the OESD Grippy Grid to keep the hoop from sliding while hooping. (Keep the bulk of the fabric to the left of the embroidery module).
Attach the hoop to the embroidery module and use the placement tools on your machine to find the center.
Stitch Machine Step 1, the placement stitch. Using TearAway Tape, place fabric over the placement stitch. Stitch Machine Step 2, the cut line and tackdown stitch.
Remove the hoop from the embroidery module and trim the fabric close to the cut line and tackdown stich.
Repeat this process for the number applique.
Since this fabric is flannel, place Heat2Go over the entire design to keep the stitching crisp above the flannel texture. Tape in place using TearAway Tape.
Stitch the remaining embroidery steps on your machine.
Remove embroidery from the hoop. Remove TearAway Tape and carefully tear larger areas of the Heat2Go. Iron any remaining Heat2Go away.
Place the embroidery right side down on the Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth and press.
Carefully tear away the excess stabilizer.
Place a 6 ½” ruler over the previous design with the 3 ¼-inch line with the center of the last designs. Use a darker marker and mark the left and right side of the design. (These will be the cut lines). DO NOT CUT YET.
Mark the next 5 sets of cutting lines of 6 ½” next to the previous design across the width of the fabric.
Mark the center of the next design which is 3 ½”. Embroider the next design following the steps above.
Cut the first design away from the main piece of fabric since the second design has been completed.
Trim around the design using the markings for the 6½” block and set aside.
Follow the instructions above to embroider all 12 blocks.
Using ¼” seam allowance, piece the months together. Choose your layout – this example makes the numbered blocks taller rather than wider, pieced together at 3 across and 4 down. The total dimensions of this section come out to be 18 ½” x 24 ½”.
Since the average height of a 1 year old is about 29 ½”, it’s necessary to add to the embroidered blocks. With the coordinating 1 yard of fabric, cut a piece 20” W x 36” L.
From the remaining piece of the coordinating fabric, cut borders: (1) 6” W x 36” L for the side, (2) 6 ½” W x 18 ½” L for the top and bottom.
With ¼” seam allowance, stitch the top and bottom border to the embroidered piece. Then, stitch the right side to the embroidered piece.
With ¼” seam allowance, stitch the left side to the embroidered piece.
Add backing fabric, quilt as desired, trim to size you want, and then add binding.
Enjoy your finished photo blanket! Choose something to mark the month and take adorable monthly pictures with your little one… little baby or cute pup!
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