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Thread: Birthing/Pillowcase Tutorial with pics!

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    Senior Member sarahrachel's Avatar
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    I asked if I should birth or bind a baby quilt and got quite a few comments asking what birthing was so I'm going to try to explain it. This is my first tutorial so bear with me.

    I made a baby burp cloth for this, but the same thing goes for quilts. There will be 8 pics

    start with the backing laying face up
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    then lay the top face down
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    add the batting, all 3 layers should be the same size, but I can't measure very well,
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    sew around the outside leaving a big enough gap to pull your quilt through. I backstitch at the beginning and the end so the stitches don't pull out. trim if you need to so it's not super thick on the edges and don't forget the corners
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    a close up of the gap, I don't trim near the gap so I have something to fold under and sew
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    reach between the quilt top and backing and find the farthest corner and pull through. Keep pulling corners or side through until the whole quilt has come through the gap. Use a chopstick or your fingers to push the corners into place so they're not cut off
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    the hole. Tuck the top over the batting and fold in the back and sew closed, either by hand or by machine.
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    you are now ready to quilt. It's the top right corner where the hole was. I sewed the hole shut by machine and continued around the outside of the burp cloth. I hope this was helpful. any questions, just ask!
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    Nice tut! Thank you!

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    Thanks for the tut, sooo, what did you do, did you birth it or bind it? Thinking this would be a good way for me to do a quick baby quilt with a panel. I am completely new to quilting but think I could do this, lol.

    Marcia

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarciaN
    Thanks for the tut, sooo, what did you do, did you birth it or bind it? Thinking this would be a good way for me to do a quick baby quilt with a panel. I am completely new to quilting but think I could do this, lol.

    Marcia
    I birthed it. It seemed more baby quilty to me that way.

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    how do you use this for a pillowcase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    how do you use this for a pillowcase?
    it's called birthing method or pillowcase method. I guess I should have been a little more clear. sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahrachel
    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    how do you use this for a pillowcase?
    it's called birthing method or pillowcase method. I guess I should have been a little more clear. sorry!
    Oh, in this part of the country we call it enveloping a quilt.

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    Great tute. Thanks!

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    Thank you for the tutorial :D:D:D

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    Thanks!

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    Great shortcut. Could even add piping. Thanks!

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    I need this...made me think...I haven't made any burp pads for my new dgd due in december.

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    This is great! I've been trying to explain to a friend how to do it. This is so much better than what I could explain.

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    I Googled this about 10 days ago as I had no idea what they were talking about when the phrase "birthing a quilt" was used.
    Here is an Alex Anderson video explanation:
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/birthing-a...deo/index.html

    The tute by sarahrachel above is a very good example.

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    I tried for a full-size quilt, and failed miserably. Somehow there was a discrepancy between my top, my batting and my backing and didn't realize it til wayyyyyy too late. had to undo the whole thing and do it the other way. Fortunately I was only tying it. but that was a lot of ties to snip

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    I saw a hint the other day on birthing that some might like.

    At each side of the opening, sew all three fabrics together PERPENDICULAR from your seam to the edge of the opening. This will automatically make it MUCH easier in closing the gap as it will fold in your edges for you. I hope you can picture that.

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    And here I thought I only "birthed" two children...no wonder I'm so out of shape! Great tutorial!

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    OMG...I'm a regular now...just noticed it! I am too. I find it hard to read any of my other e-mails or enter my contests...you guys are killin' me!

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    [quote=sarahrachel]I asked if I should birth or bind a baby quilt and got quite a few comments asking what birthing was so I'm going to try to explain it. This is my first tutorial so bear with me.

    You did good. I did not know it was called "birthing." I just thought it was turning something inside out and sewing. I never thought about it for a quilt. Thanks for the tutuorial.

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    In the old old days we just called it pillowcasing, somehow I didn't connect "birthing" just a little too graphic for an oldie!:)

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    Nice tut - and you explained the process beautifully. Good job.

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    This is a wonderful way to finish a quilt for those of us who get bunches in the back of any project we quilt on our regular sewing machines. It ties beautifully!!!!.

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    Thanks for the tute. I was wondering what birthing a quilt was.

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