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Prequilted Fabric

Learn how to use a quilting bar (edge guide)
to create your own prequilted fabric!

Also see: Quilt Patterns
Also see: Prequilted Tote Bag

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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.

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

We have a fabulous tote bag pattern for you to use with your new prequilted fabric.

Go to: Tote Bag Pattern

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Supplies Needed

Top Fabric: Scrap pieces of fabric in the size you need (or one full yard if you need a larger piece)

Opposite Side Fabric: Equal sized fabric for the back side.

Batting to fit your fabric pieces

Thread: Embroidery thread can add a nice, decorative touch.
I used white thread for this project so it would show up in the photographs.

Quilting Bar (sometimes called edge guide). Refer to the photo below. The quilting bar helps you keep your rows straight and evenly spaced.

Set Up Your 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.

quilting bar

1.  Layer 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 - see our notions store).

2.  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.
draw diagonal lines
3.  Stitch a line diagonally, following the line you drew. Then, position your needle so that the quilting bar runs over your previously stitched line as you stitch a new 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.

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.
stitch lines
4.  Continue until you have filled the space with stitched lines. stitched lines

Finished! Add a layer of insulation (visit our Notions Store) if you want to make a hot pad. Use this method to stitch evenly spaced lines when making chenille.

Free Chenille Instructions
finished prequilted 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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