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Sew a quilt or patchwork for your outdoor activities


Today let’s make a project that’s a bit out of the ordinary… Why not make a quilt which you can use in all your outdoor activities? In the winter, you could use this quilt after skiing, in your car, for winter camping… And in the warmer season, you can use it for picnics, evenings around the fire pit, or to cover up during rainy weather…. Why you’ll ask? Because this patchwork is waterproof!!!

 

Yes, you read it right! I made those quilts with scraps of fabric from a ski-gear company. Add to this some polar fleece and you get an actual “all-terrain” quilt.

 

 

  

For this sewing project, you will need waterproof fabric. You’ll find that in your favorite fabric store.

 

  

Cut squares measuring 4 1/2 inches (11.5cm) to achieve the same look as my quilt. You will need 81 squares for a kit-sized patchwork (approx 36 square inches (91.5 square cm) or 144 squares for an adult-sized patchwork (approximately 46 square inches (117 square cm).

 

 

The wrong side of this kind of fabric is often covered with a coating to be even more waterproof. I recommend using this type of fabric, as it guarantees perfect water tightness and protects from the wind. However, you’ll need a special foot for your sewing machine so that the fabric won’t stick to the presser foot when sewing pieces together. You can also use little stickers to add under the foot.

 

 

If you can’t find those, make a few tries releasing as much as possible pressure under the presser foot of your sewing machine. Those fabrics can be hard to sew, but with some patience, you’ll make it. For an easier project, you can also use outdoor fabric with no back coating.

 

 

Assemble the squares just as you would with a regular quilt, making strips of 9 squares long for the kid-size, and 12-squares long for adult size.

  

   

 

Then topstitch twice all squares, folding always to the same size. Then assemble the strips, avoiding sewing together the topstitches seams to avoid super thick layers. Here is the final result which you can use to have a global vision of what it should look like:

 

 

Then place it together with polar fleece, leaving a large border for finishing, and topstitch through all layers diagonally.

 

 

After a few mathematical equations, you’ll have a pretty border like this one:

 

 

You may alter this method to suit your personal taste… Following the general idea to make a quilt using waterproof fabric. Hope you’ll like it!

 

 

Feel free to share comments and ideas, or send me photos of your projects!!

 

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