Learn To Quilt Online

2023 has been the beginning of a new category in the Cottage DIY world. Beginner quilting tutorials are now appearing in their own dedicated place with multi part instructions focused on holding your hand through your very first projects. The beginner tutorials assume that you have no previous knowledge of sewing or quilting and we start guiding you through the very basics of your sewing machine to terminology you need to read patterns and instructions. Learning to quilt online is a great way to pick up a new hobby and turn a rainy Saturday afternoon into a creative memory making activity.

So, you want to pick up your first basic quilting sills?

 Video tutorials with step-by-step instructions.

We will start off our 'Learn to quilt" category with a six part beginner tutorial, where learning to quilt online will be seamless and easy. Quilting is one of the seven categories at CottageDIY were we pack each specialized dashboard full of specific tutorials along with message boards and threads where students and seasoned crafters can interact in live time.  Learning to quilt online has never been easier.

Learn to Quilt Online with one of our Beginning Quilting Tutorials

Making my first baby quilt

Quilting Lesson 2.01 ~ My First Quilt ~ Part 1 : Cut & Make A Panel

Quilting Lesson 2.01 ~ My First Quilt ~ Part 1 : Cut & Make A Panel

Quilting Lesson 2 : PartOne

Quilting Lesson 2.02 ~ My First Quilt : Part 2 Basting

Quilting Lesson 2.02 ~ My First Quilt : Part 2 Basting

Quilting Lesson 2 : PartTwo

Quilting Lesson 2.03 ~ My First Quilt : Part 3 Quilting

Quilting Lesson 2.03 ~ My First Quilt : Part 3 Quilting

Quilting Lesson 2 : Part Three

Quilting Lesson 2.04 ~ My First Quilt : Part 4 Trim & Binding

Quilting Lesson 2.04 ~ My First Quilt : Part 4 Trim & Binding

Quilting Lesson 2 : Part Four

Quilting Lesson 2.05 ~ My First Quilt : Part 5 Finish Binding

Quilting Lesson 2.05 ~ My First Quilt : Part 5 Finish Binding

Quilting Lesson 2 : Part Five

Quilting Lesson 2.06 ~ My First Quilt : Part 6 Label & Wash

Quilting Lesson 2.06 ~ My First Quilt : Part 6 Label & Wash

Quilting Lesson 2 : Part Six


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Trying to make a quilt for the first time can seem overwhelming! Where do you start, what do you need, and how do you actually get a quilt stitched together? We’ve found the best place to start to learn to quilt onlne is by choosing a simple project (like the patchwork baby quilt above), and breaking down the process in small simple steps and learn to make a quilt online. Approach each of these one at a time, and you’ll be finishing your very first quilt before you know it. Learn how to make a quilt from start to finish following each of these steps.

Step 1: Choose a Quilt Pattern

If you are making your first-ever quilt, start with something small to help you learn the basic techniques. Baby quilts are perfect for beginning quilters! We recommend a simple square patchwork do you can learn the basics of nesting your seems with simple patterns.

Step 2: Gather Tools and Materials

Must Have Tools for Quilters. You’ll need some basic quilting and sewing tools before you get started on your quilt. Check out this list of Must-Have Tools for Quilters to get started.

When buying fabric for your first quilt, pay attention to the requirements in the tutorial or pattern you are following. A tutorial or pattern will list exactly how much of each kind of fabric to purchase, plus batting, backing fabric, and binding fabric.

If you have decided to make a simple block (like a patchwork square or simple half square triangle) and aren’t sure how much fabric to buy, try to find the dimensions of each block, then decide how many blocks you need to build the size quilt you want.

Here are a list of tools you will need to start your very first quilt

This is the sewing machine I use when we learn to quilt online with the tutorials found inside CottageDIY. This is anew tech savy - mid level quilter's sewing machine with an easy learning curve.

Fat Quarter Bundles are a great way to get a small selection of multi colors without buying up the whole store. In our very first quilting tutorial "Making My First Baby Quilt" we create our patch work panel with a collection of fat quarter bundles from walmart, but you can browse any color scheme you like easily on amazon.

You need the right tools to cut your patchwork squares. A rotary cutter is a must have for quilting, and you'll need one even in your first beginner project while you're learning to craft your very first baby quilt.

Acrylic rulers are needed for quilting to help keep your cuts to the correct angle and your lines straight. Acrylic quilting rulers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they nearly all come in handy when learning to quilt online. In our very first quilting tutorial the ruler that comes in most handy id the 6 x 24 inch ruler.

A self healing cutting matt is the easiest way to slice through your fabric while keeping your surfaces protected from the sharp edge of the blade.

An iron is needed to press seems down for a tight and accurate seem pieced together. One great little secret to to get an iron with a retractabe cord. It may not seem like anything at first, but as an after thought its a real benefit to be able to dissappear your extra cords just like you do your blind hem stitch.

Step 3: Cut the Patchwork

Stitching together accurate patchwork starts with accurate cutting. Learn all about the basics of cutting quilt patchwork pieces in this tutorial on the basics of nesting your seems and piecing your patchwork squares together accurately.

Step 4: Sew the Patchwork

Sewing a perfect straight stitch seam will help your final quilt come together without puckers, wavy, or unmatched seams. Learn how to sew accurate patchwork in this lesson on Quarter-Inch Seams.  Our first learn to quilt tutorial is all about straight lines. This is super easy and uncomplicated for a first time beginner.

Step 5: Baste the Quilt

Putting together the quilt sandwich and basting all the layers together is an important step! A quilt sandwich basted well is less likely to bunch-up, pucker, or become distorted during the quilting process. To baste your quilt you will need:

Quilt backing fabric (at least 5″ wider on all sides than your quilt top)
Quilt batting (at least a few inches wider on all sides than your quilt top), read All About Quilt Batting here.
A large, flat area to work on basting

Basting Tutorial - Materials

There are two most-used methods for basting together the layers of a quilt. Read all about How to Pin Baste a Quilt here.

Step 6: Quilting Stitches

There are many, many different ways to quilt the layers of the quilt sandwich together: straight line quilting, free-motion quilting, quilting with an overall pattern, following the patchwork designs with quilting, or just doing your own thing. Which type of quilting you choose falls under the “personal preference” category!

Step 7: Bind the Quilt

Adding binding finishes the edges of your quilt nicely after quilting. There are a few methods to binding, and quilters usually find a favorite method and stick to it.

Learn the basics of the Double Fold Binding method here.
Don’t be frightened of turning the corners! Find a great tutorial on How to Fold a Mitred Quilt Binding Corner here.
If you don’t like the idea of hand-sewing the finished binding, try this method of Sewing Machine Binding.
Have a little fun with your binding by adding a name, date, or message!
If you don’t like the idea of a binding adding a frame to your quilt try the facing method with this tutorial to Make a Quilt Facing.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Quilt!


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Learn the Basics of Quilting from the comfort of your own home and learn to quilt online.

Remember, an amazing quilt was crafted by someone who once was a quilting beginner that didn’t own the nicest quilting tools, a fancy sewing machine, or have access to quilting lessons online.

How to Quilt on a Budget

Our first tutorial is meant to get you focused on easy steps and simple techniques with supplies that are cheap and easy to get. This way you can practice once or twice without feeling the guilt of wasting supplies. Supplies can be found on amazon or walmart at the lowest prices, and we're here to help with finding what you need to get started in learning to quilt online.

If you’re on a tight budget, try a few of these dollar-stretching tips to get started.

Visit thrift stores and buy extra-large clothing to cut up into quilt squares
Let friends and family know you’re starting to quilt. They may hand you a stack of fabric or loan you a sewing machine.
Look for cutting mats and acrylic rulers at local thrift stores.
Click here for more useful tips for How to Quilt on a Budget.

It’s All About the Fabric

If you’re going to quilt, you will need fabric. Unfortunately, choosing fabric for a quilt can cause the best of us to freeze up and get a serious case of fabric paralysis. I know, because this happens to me almost every time I walk into a quilt shop. And, don’t get me started with online shopping.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be an expert to overcome this and make good fabric decisions. If you take a little time to look at a fabric collection, you will see that most will contain a combination of the following:

Large-scale print
Medium scale print
Small-scale print
Geometric or Striped variation

Knowing this will help you better choose fabrics for your next quilt without limiting yourself to a single collection. Click this link to learn How to Choose the Best Fabric for a Quilt.
Learn how to choose fabrics for a quilt.

If color theory is your biggest obstacle to choosing fabrics, I have a solution. This FREE class on color theory changed the way I approached color in quilts. It’s a great course which covers the subject of how colors work together in quilts.
Cutting Out the Fabric

If you think choosing fabric is a challenge, making that first cut can equally side-line your quilting ambitions. The most basic step in Quilting 101 is how to use a rotary cutter and mat. Click here to read my post on How to Get Perfectly Straight Fabric Cuts. Once you have the right tools and know how to use them, the rest is simple.
Understanding Quilt Batting

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stack of different battings

You will need quilt batting which will be sandwiched between the quilt top and the quilt back. Type in the words, “quilt batting” into the search box on Amazon, and you will be astonished at how many options exist. Unbleached cotton batting, polyester batting, thin loft, thick loft, plush, bamboo, etc. The list is extensive and I believe that it can be somewhat overwhelming for a new quilter.

For anyone new to quilting, I recommend Warm & Natural Cotton Batting because it is easy to find and reasonably priced. That said, you have to watch out for one thing with this batting. It has a clean side and a dirty side. The clean side is free of any manufacturing residue, but the dirty side will have small bits and pieces from processing and these will show through on light backgrounds. If your quilt has a lot of light colors, then I would recommend getting Warm & White Cotton Batting.

This post on my website has covers every detail about quilt batting. You will know exactly which batting you should use for any quilt.
It Starts with a Basic Block

You have your quilting supplies and have confidently purchased a little fabric and batting. Now what?

The best place for a quilting beginner your next step is to make a few blocks. There are two very simple blocks that are the basis of any patchwork quilt.

Start by practicing your cutting skills. Cut out several same-size squares and then arrange them in a way that is pleasing to your eye. There is no right or wrong here. It is your quilt.
The Nine-Patch quilt block is one of the best blocks to start with if you're a beginning quilter. It has been around since the 1800s and it is one of the most recognized quilt blocks in the quilting world. In spite of its simplicity, it has the ability to be changed dozens of different ways when paired with different blocks.

Once you’re pleased with the arrangement, begin sewing the pieces together to create rows. Now, arrange the rows however you prefer and start connecting them into blocks. See how easy it is!
The Nine-Patch quilt block is one of the best blocks to start with if you're a beginning quilter. It has been around since the 1800s and it is one of the most recognized quilt blocks in the quilting world. In spite of its simplicity, it has the ability to be changed dozens of different ways when paired with different blocks.

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