How to Make a Lap Quilt

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A lap quilt is perfect for keeping warm on a chilly evening. Just large enough to cover your lap, a lap quilt is not bulky and cumbersome. A lap quilt is a smaller version of a bed quilt and is made in much less time. Make a lap quilt on a Saturday, and be warm by Sunday evening.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 yards coordinating material
  • Coordinating flat sheet
  • Batting
  • Thread
  • Yarn
  • Casing
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Purchase 3 yards of cotton blend fabric. Choose coordinating colors and patterns. Buy a matching flat sheet, casing, batting, thread and yarn.

  • Wash and dry the fabric to preshrink it. Iron the fabric.

  • Cut 150, 3 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch squares. Use a rotary blade and quilting mat to cut the squares.

  • Arrange the squares in a pattern. Allow for ten rows of fifteen squares. Stack the squares for each row into separate piles.

  • Sew the squares together to form individual rows. Sew 1/4-inch seams. Iron the seams flat. Sew all of the rows together, forming a 10 by 15 square quilt.

  • Lay batting on the side of the quilt with the seams showing. Lay the sheet, right side out, on top of the batting. Place on a quilting rack and tie the quilt in every corner.

  • Trim excess batting from the edges of the quilt. Pin casing to the edges of the quilt around the entire outside. Use a sewing machine to sew the casing. Trim any excess thread.

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