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Oct 24, 2011

Baby Changing Mat Tutorial using the Accuquilt GO! Baby

Oct 24, 2011
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Like many other quilty bloggers, I have been fortunate enough to get a chance to play with an Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter.  It is certainly a time saver when it comes to cutting out those odd shapes.  I received the hexagon, diamond and ric rac dies.
I have to admit, when it came, I went straight to the ric rac.  If you've been reading here a while, you know that unlike a lot of other modern quilt bloggers, I actually enjoy applique when used in a more contemporary way.  The ric rac die screams baby items to me.  Of course, there are plenty of other uses too, but it's probably just on the brain!
Before running the fabric through the GO! Baby, I applied fusible web to the fabric.  Then it comes out of the cutter absolutely ready to be applied to your foundation.  This will come in very handy when using those applique shapes covered in the dies offered by Accuquilt.
I was surprised at how small and compact the cutter was.  And until I saw it demonstrated, I had no idea it was manually operated.  That's even better for portability to guild meetings, retreats, etc.  I only noticed that sometimes there are small threads that need to be clipped before removing the shapes from the die, but this is a very minor issue considering how much time you are saving.


I've made a little tutorial for a Baby Changing Pad using the GO! Baby Ric Rac die.  Hope you like it!






Accuquilt GO! Baby Tutorial – Baby Changing Pad using Ric Rac die
Here is a simple, yet sophisticated changing pad I made.  After all, moms want to look stylish even in the middle of messy diapers!  Remember you can always add cute embellishments, like monogramming or birthdates, on the solid to make this an extra special gift.


MATERIALS

Fabric
Yardage Requirements
Print for front
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Print for backing
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Coordinating solid (appliqué and binding)
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Fusible web
6” x 18”
Batting
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Coordinating Thread
1 spool
Elastic hair band
1
Cover Button Kit (1.5”)
1
Fabric scrap to cover button
3” diameter circle
GO! Baby dye
Ric Rac


CUTTING REQUIREMENTS
Fabric
Quantity
Dimensions (w x L)
Front
1
17” x 21”
Back
1
18” x 22”
Solid
1
6” x 17”
Solid (binding)
5
2 ¼” x 18”
Fusible web
1
6” x 17”


MAKING RIC RAC
1.    1. Place the 6” x 17” fusible web rectangle, bumpy side down, on top of the wrong side of the solid 6” x 17” fabric.  Fuse the fusible web to the fabric.  Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions prior to beginning for appropriate heat settings and length of time to press.



2.     2.  Leaving the paper on the fused fabrics, run the 6” x 17” piece through the ric rac dye.  The piece will fit perfectly on top of the die.  This will yield one wide ric rac strip and one thin ric rac strip.  Remove the paper backing from the strips.



ADDING APPLIQUE TO FRONT
1.     Fuse the ric rac strips (sticky or wrong side down) to the right side of the front fabric.  Place the wide ric rac strip approximately 3” up from the bottom edge of the front.  The thin ric rac strip is placed 2” above the wide strip.


2.     2. Zigzag or blanket stitch around the shapes to secure the appliqué. If you would like to add any embroidered embellishments to the front (such as a name, initials or date), do so now.

PREPARE THE QUILT SANDWICH and QUILT
1.     Baste all 3 layers together.  First lay the backing wrong side up.  Next layer the batting.  Then place the quilt top in the center of the batting and backing.  The backing fabric and batting should be slightly larger than the quilt top.  I used pin basting, but for such small projects like this, spray basting may work as well.

2.     2.  Quilt as desired.  I used a simple all-over stipple in coordinating plum thread.
3. Trim the excess backing and batting from the quilt.

BINDING
1.  1.    Use the 5 binding 2 ¼” strips to make continuous double-fold binding.  

2.   2.  I recommend using machine binding with mitered corners for this project to make it quick and easy.  Sew the binding to the back of the quilt first. 

3.     3. Turn the quilt over and sew the binding to the front.

MAKE ELASTIC BUTTON
1.   1.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the covered button kit to press the button layers together.  Push the elastic band through the loop in the back of the button.  Make a knot with the elastic band around the button loop to secure the band to the button.







There you have it…  Fold the mat in half and roll it up for travel.  Secure the roll by stretching the elastic button band around it.  All done!  Hope you like it!


Be on the lookout for Gen X Quilters' GO! Baby GiveAway coming soon!
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18 comments:

  1. This is sew cute! Perfect for some people on my list. thanks for sharing.

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  2. That's fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial. I have a Go Baby: circles, hearts and 3" HST!

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  3. That is great and I haven't seen the ricrack die. That turned out really good.

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  4. This is amazing! Super cute and the tutorial is so well laid out! AMAZING WORK! Keep it up! :o)

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  5. Cute! I hadn't noticed the ricrak die before.

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  6. So cute and clever! This would make a cute little quilt too. And I had never seen the ric rac die before either.

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  7. Oh sew jealous! Gorgeous work!

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  8. It turned out so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  9. Now that is just too cute! Love that ric rac!

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  10. Great tutorial, AnneMarie! The ricrac die cut looks awesome.

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  11. So cute! I haven't seen that ric rack die before. what a great idea.

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  12. Tres cool. Perhaps Santa will consider how nice I have been this year?

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  13. That is one luxurious change mat. What a cute idea - great tutorial!

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  14. This is so clever, AnneMarie. I hadn't even noticed the ric rac die. That one may be moving to the top of my list. Very cool.

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  15. I'm one that hadn't noticed the ric rac die either and I love it! What a project :)

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  16. This turned out so cute! I hadn't seen the ric rac die either!

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