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Old 05-13-2013, 05:41 AM
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Question Polyester baby quilt

I have been asked to make a baby quilt from a bride's maid dress. The bride is now pregnant and the baby is due soon. The material is polyester and I am planning to make a quilt using 3" squares and using minky for the backing.

My problem is that the polyester seems to be fraying somewhat and I don't want it to ravel. Would it be best to apply iron on fusible light weight interfacing to the back of the fabric? I would do this before cutting out the squares and then sewing them together.

Do you have any suggestions?

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:47 AM
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Pinking shears will also minimize raveling of the edges.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:48 AM
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Polyester melts when heat is applied and it should not be used for a baby quilt because it melts and will adhere to a baby's skin if there is a fire. This is unsafe for a baby.
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My suggestion would be to make larger blocks and 1/2" seams. How are you quilting it? If tying it, you may want to zigzag around each block before sewing together. Great use of recycling into the next generation ....
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I understand the sentimentality of this quilt idea, but it is very dangerous for the baby involved. I would talk to the mother about having it used as a decoration in the nursery and not actually for the baby.
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I understand the dangers and if I make this quilt I am going to warn her of the dangers involved. She will have to decide if she wants it to be made or not.

Thank you Jbug and ssnare for the warning! I really appreciate the information.


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I understand the sentimentality of this quilt idea, but it is very dangerous for the baby involved. I would talk to the mother about having it used as a decoration in the nursery and not actually for the baby.
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make it a wall quilt. something lovely and memorable. not for use in the crib. good luck.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:22 AM
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starch the edges.
Lots of baby quilts were made of poly in the 70's

What is the fibre content of Minkie? Isn't it poly or a blend?

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Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 AM
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Thank you for all of the suggestions and information. I like the idea of the wall hanging. Micky is polyester. I try to make something unique!
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I would use it and probably cut with pinking shears to halt the raveling. Poly would be fine but will be very slippery and maybe too warm.
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