How to Make a Twin Size Quilt Pattern

By Kelly Gray
Homemade quilts, fabric, basic sewing supplies
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When the right quilt cannot be found for a room, it is sometimes easier to make it yourself at home. Although quilting can be time consuming, it is fairly simple to make a basic patchwork quilt for a twin bed. Twin quilts generally measure 39-by-75 inches. Fabric must be chosen to accommodate the size of the quilt and to match the room's decor. A large space is also needed to lay out and experiment with the quilt's pattern. Once the pattern is laid out, however, those with basic sewing knowledge should not have any problems putting the quilt together.

Step 1

sharp scissors, a cleaner cut
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Place a piece of poster board on the table. Measure a square that is 6 1/2-by-6 1/2 inches with a measuring tape. Cut the square out and set it aside. The square will serve as a template for all of the squares in the quilt pattern.

Step 2

Experiment, different colors, fabric, a different style
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Cut 450 squares out of the fabric for the block pattern. The quilt requires only about 432 squares, but it is always good to have extra pieces on hand when working on a quilt project. Use different patterns or colors of fabric to make a more colorful and unique quilt.

Step 3

Select a solid print for the border of the quilt. Cut two strips that are 2-by-39 1/2 inches long, and cut two additional strips that are 2-by-72-1/2 inches long.

Step 4

Select another piece of fabric, one with either a solid color or a pattern, to use as the quilt’s backing. Measure a piece that is 42-by-78-inches. Cut the fabric to the specified measurements. Cut two binding strips from the same backing fabric, both 2 1/2-by-39 1/2-inches, then cut two more binding strips that are 2 1/2-by-75-inches.

Step 5

Arrange the quilt blocks on the floor to form a pattern. Adjust the squares as needed to create the desired pattern. The squares should be laid out so that there are six squares in one strip.

Step 6

Place the first two squares together with the front of the fabric facing inward. Sew the right sides of the squares together using a sewing machine. Start the stitching 1/4 inch from the edge to allow for a seam allowance. Keep adding the squares to the right, repeating the steps until all six squares have been attached. Repeat the steps for the remaining strips.

Step 7

Place the first two rows together with the front of the fabric facing inward. Sew the strips together, starting the stitching 1/4 inch from the edge to allow for a seam allowance. Repeat the steps to attach the remaining strips. Press all of the seams down with an iron when finished.

Step 8

Finish the quilt by sewing the border on the quilt. Follow the same steps to add the border as you used to attach the blocks and strips together. Measure and cut the batting to the size of the quilt top. Lay the quilt back on the floor. Place the batting on top of the backing, and lay the quilt top over the first two pieces. Pin the three pieces together by spacing sewing pins out in a horizontal line across the quilt. Repeat the pinning process with two vertical lines down the quilt.

Step 9

Hand or machine quilt the pieces together by following the “seams” that were just created with the pins. Trim the quilt edges, and fold the binding strips around the edges of the quilt. Sew the binding strips to the quilt with a needle and thread. Tuck the edges of the binding under before starting to sew, so that the unfinished edges are not seen.