I Love to Create – Cute Quilted Kiddo Coat


I know, I know two weeks in a row of kid’s clothing – but can you really have enough? I have spent the week with my mother who has recently visited The Houston International Quilt Show, so she was busting with ideas. One of those fabulous ideas I decided to share with you today for I Love to Create.


I love the look of patchwork crazy quilts so when my mom told me about this adorable jacket she had seen made at the quilt show I was totally on board. Grab some fabric scraps and let’s get busy.


SUPPLIES
Fabric Scraps
Pinking Shears
Sewing Machine
Sweat Shirt
Scissors
Aleene’s No-Sew Fabric Glue
Iron
Pins
Thread
Velcro


TAKE ME DOWN TO THE TRIANGLE CITY
Scalene, isosceles, right – whatever kind of triangle floats your boat. I used my pinking shears and vintage feed sack fabric to cut a pile of different triangles. If you don’t have feed sack light-weight quilting fabric works like a charm.


SWEATSHIRT DECONSTRUCTION
Next you are going to cut your sweat shirt up. Cut up the side seams and continue up the sleeves. Cut the cuffs and if there is a ribbed bottom cut that off as well.


PATCHWORK PARTY
Using your Aleene’s No-Sew Fabric Glue place your triangles in a random pattern all over the sweatshirt. It’s ok if there is a little sweatshirt peeking between the triangles. The glue will wash out, but hold your triangles in place long enough to stitch them on.


ZIG-A-ZAG-DO-DA-ZIG-A-DEE-A
Using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine and a contrasting thread sew all the edges of all your triangles down. Also stitch around all the edges.


LOOK MA, I’M QUILTING
Place your jacket on the sewing machine. Drop your feed dogs and using a straight stitch on your machine free quilt all over you jacket. The more random the better.


GRAB YOUR SCISSORS
Cut the ribbed neck out of your sweatshirt and cut your sweatshirt up the front.


PUT THE SWEATSHIRT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
Pin your sweatshirt back together and using a straight stitch put it back together again. Using bias tape (we made our own) trim the edges of your jacket.


I have to give my mom the infamous Fredda Perkins most of the credit for this adorable jacket. Grandma comes to the crafty rescue yet again! I kinda want an adult size version of this jacket for me.

8 Responses to “I Love to Create – Cute Quilted Kiddo Coat”

  1. Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    Eugenia the pictures don't even do the jacket justice. I want for me next too. My mom also put a lining in the cuffs so if I roll her sleeves up a little fabric peeks through. Eventually we will probably add a little button at the neck or a piece of velcro. I want to keep most of it open like a little swing jacket.

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  2. Soapylove

    Being a retired seamstress (I made wedding dresses professionally for a while which took all the fun out of it!), I am rarely tempted to bust out my machine again. But this project is so fun and free-form! I love that the quilting pieces can be randomly sized and they're placed on a sweatshirt body. What a great idea!

    After seeing that the side seams and cuffs are cut off, it

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  3. Fredda Perkins

    Soapylove, I agree with you on the sizing. I wish I had gotten a toddler 3 instead of 24 mos. I think it is a little snug now. I'll remember that when I make myself one (Jennifer is going to have to get in line). I saw adult ones done with lace, crochet, and velvet which made for a surprisingly sophisticated jacket.

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  4. Donna

    How cute, can't wait 'til my quilting foot I ordered gets here! A sewing I will go. Thanks for sharing such easy to follow directions. You rock!

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