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Prequilted Fabric

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DIY double sided prequilted fabric

Quilting Bar (edge guide)

use this tool to create your own stunning, double-sided, prequilted fabric

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Edge Guide / Quilting Bar

A quilting bar (also called edge guide) greatly assists in this project. If you don't have one, don't panic. Although an edge guide means less work, prequilted fabric can be made without one. 

prequilted glasses case Use your new prequilted fabric for tote bags, purses, eyeglass cases, potholders, oven mitts, etc.

I have a fabulous Quilted Tote Bag pattern for you to use with your new, double-sided prequilted fabric.

I made an adorable Glasses Case With Cuff pattern for you to use with your new, double-sided prequilted fabric.

My long arm Insulated Oven Mitt pattern also has an option for machine quilting the mitt fabric.


sewing supplies NOTE: My project is an 8.5" square of prequilted fabric
Prefect for my prequilted glasses case.

Top Fabric: A piece of fabric in the size you need (or one full yard if you wish to make one yard of double sided prequilted fabric)

Opposite Side Fabric: A piece of fabric in the size you need (or one full yard if you wish to make one yard of double sided prequilted fabric)

Batting: Same size as fabric pieces

Quilting Bar: (sometimes called edge guide). Refer to the photo below. The quilting bar assists you when stitching so your your rows remain straight and evenly spaced.

thread to match your fabric, or embroidery thread for a decorative touch, or contrast thread
large sewing ruler (optional but nice to have)
scissors or rotary cutter
fabric marker or pencil (optional but nice to have)


If you plan to wash your prequilted fabric in the future, pre-shrink the fabric before using. Cotton fabrics (such as quilt fabric) shrink; pre-wash, dry and press before using.


Set Up Your Sewing Machine

attach quilting bar to sewing machine Attach your quilting bar to your needle arm, following instructions for your machine.

Alternative if you do not have a quilting bar:
If you do not have a quilting bar, you can still do this project. You will need to measure and draw lines an equal distance from one another. A quilting bar takes away this time-consuming step.

Mark Fabric - Square Fabric

draw diagonal linesLayer your fabric pieces as follows: Bottom layer wrong side up, batting layer, then top layer right side up on top. Pin the layers together (or use basting glue). OR stitch around the perimeter of the fabric, 1/8" from the edge (this works for small pieces of fabric).

Using a washable, non-permanent fabric marker, draw a line from corner to corner on one side of your project. Draw another line between opposite corners.

NOTE: If your fabric is not square, see "Non Square Fabric" after these directions.

Stitch Corner To Corner

stitch first linesStitch a line diagonally from corner to corner, following one of the lines you drew. Stitch a second line, diagonally, between the opposite set of corners.

The stitching lines have been enhanced in red.

Stitch Remaining Lines

stitch parallel lines Then, position your needle so that the quilting bar runs over first stitched line. Stitch the second line. Use the quilting bar as a guide for sewing each new line. I usually run a few lines one way, then a few the opposite way. For a small piece, it is OK to stitch all lines one way, then stitch all the opposite lines.

first set stitched In the next photo, the first set of lines have been stitched (parallel to the line that runs from upper left corner to the lower right corner).

Continue stitching until you have filled the space with stitched lines (both sets of lines).

If you don't have an edge guide, measure and draw lines parallel to one diagonal line; repeat with the other diagonal line. Stitch over drawn lines.

Add a layer of insulation of you wish to make a hot pad.

Use this method to stitch evenly spaced lines when making chenille. For those instructions, go to: DIY Chenille Blanket

Non Square Fabric

What if the fabric you need to pre-quilt is not square? It might be 45" x 30" for example. If your fabric is not square, you have two options.

Method 1: Square off a section of fabric (if your fabric is 45" x 30", you would mark off the segment that is 30" x 30"). Draw a line from each set of corners as explained above, but only within the marked off area (see image on left below). Your 2 sets of lines would be perpendicular to one another. As you are sewing, extend the lines beyond the marked off area. See the figures on the left below.

Method 2: Draw your lines from corner to corner. Stitch lines parellel to these lines. Your 2 sets of lines will not be perpendicular to one another. Your lines will form diamond shapes. See the figure on the right below.

non square fabric

non square fabric

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