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Memory Quilt: Dealing with stretchy material


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#1 Poseidon768

Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:31 PM

Hello everybody! I am looking for some quilting tips and tricks for creating a memory blanket - specifically, how to deal with the stretchy fabrics.


So, I am looking to finally get rid of my daughter's baby clothes and was hoping to do so by cutting them up.... into tiny squares to be quilted, of course! :)

Most of DD's clothes are stretchy cotton, and I was hoping to cut up 4x4 squares to piece together... which means there would be a lot of interfacing that would need to be done!!

Does anybody know of any products or techniques which would help me more easily stabilise the stretchy fabrics, than outright applying interfacing hundreds of times over?
I wish there was some sort of spray that could do the job for me!!!

This woman here (http://faithinfear.b...ilt-part-1.html) managed to bypass interfacing all together by rotating a second piece of fabric behind her square, so that it had a "backing" that was against the grain.... but since I haven't seen that as a recommendation anywhere else, I am hesitant to give that a go! (let alone the extra stress it would create with making sure everything is perfectly aligned!).

I appreciate and respect all feedback, opinions and suggestions. And I thank you for taking the time to read through my post. I look forward to reading your responses :)

#2 cvbn

Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:37 PM

If you are sewing knit to knit and don't pull or stretch it as you sew it should be fine.
I wonder if you could dunk your squares in starch (you buy it in packets at the shops and mix it with water) let them dry stiff, sew them and then will you wash it they will soften again.

#3 Monden

Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:36 PM

I have read advice re memory quilts against using stabiliser. They said it causes the material to be too stiff and without that soft texture of the t-shirt or onesie fabric. Just sew the pieces to each other like quilting cotton.

#4 cvbn

Posted 02 July 2017 - 09:46 PM

OP would this be an useful option? http://fortytworoads...ur-clothes.html

#5 eponee

Posted 02 July 2017 - 11:04 PM

I have made four memory quilts that were made up of all sorts of different fabrics - sheer, denim, flannelette, and stretch.  The only way that I could satisfactorily stabilise the sheer and stretch was to back them with some iron-on interfacing.

I cut the garments at the seams before laying each piece onto a like sized piece of interfacing and pressing with an iron to fuse both together.  I then cut the pieces needed for the quilts.

Feel free to pm me with any other questions :yes:



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