How To Make A Quilt By Hand | A Beginners Guide


How To Make A Quilt By HandWhen you do a thing out of passion for sure you’ll find it enjoying and fulfilling. Almost everything we do is done by our hand—from our daily chores and other activities. One of these creative tasks that our hands could do is quilting, hand quilting. Before machines come into reality, it is solely done by our hands. When you are just getting started in quilting, you must know how it should be done and what are the basic tools needed to start your hand quilting projects.

First and the core tool of this activity is needle. This tiny creature is the most essential in doing hand quilting. Experts on hand quilting suggest that the “between” style of needle works best for quilting by hands.  The ideal needle size is 10 wherein its eye is not too small or too big and it’s strong enough to handle layers of your quilt.

Another necessity in order to make your hand quilting possible is thread. There are many kinds of thread as to what fabric is being used for the project. Like, if your cotton is fabric you have to use a cotton thread as well. On the other hand, since there are few types of thread, experienced quilters find that coating their thread with Thread Magic help them keep the thread from knotting while quilting. Keep in mind that it is also important to find a thread that is durable yet easy to work with while doing the project.

And to make your hand quilting experience complete, quilting hoops is also a need. You can choose different styles of hoops such as handheld hoops, lap hoops and standing quilt hoops. However, when you’re quilting on a smaller project you may not use hoop but when doing for larger projects hoop is a great help. Upon doing so, make sure that there is enough “give” for movement since the fabric needs to be moved up and down while quilting. So, it is good not to place your quilt too tight in the hoop.

Here are some steps on How To Make A Quilt By Hand

  1. You can start by cutting 18’’ length of thread. But don’t cut it too long to prevent to be tangled. Tie a small knot in the end of your thread. “Bury” the knot inside your quilt and don’t make the knot too big. After doing so, pull your threaded needle through the back of the quilt, bringing up the needle in the exact spot you want to start quilting. Give a slight slug so the knot will go through the backing fabric. This way, your knot will be hidden in the interior of your quilt.


  1. Start stitching. It’s ideal if your stitches are small and even. Keeping your stitches even will add more design on your project.


  1. If you’re a beginner in quilting, it is suggested to have a six stitches per inch with your quilting. But if you’re advanced quilters you can quilt between eight or twelve stitches per inch.


  1. Continue steps 3, and keep one hand underneath your quilt while the other hand above. The bottom hand basically function as for stability ensuring the needle to go through the back of the quilt and to assist in moving the needle back to the top.


Your top hand will be the one to move the needle down into the fabric and up again. Make sure to do not pull the thread all the way through at this point. You will want to “load” several stitches on your needle with this technique.

Pull the thread all the way through when you have few stitches loaded onto your needle to use an even tension. Use the up-down motion to load the next several stitches on the needle before pulling your thread all the way through. Continue these steps until you will come up your desired design for your project.

So, what are you waiting? You can now start your own quilting design with your hand. Just keep in mind to keep your stitches even and use equal tension each time you pull the thread all the way through. You may try these steps on How To Make A Quilt By Hand when doing smaller projects like pillow tops, table runners and other smaller decors.  With these, you will be confident enough to quilt larger projects too soon.