The typical spring weather makes this gorgeous baby jacket by Christine Reynolds an ideal gift for a child 6-12 months old.
The original was made from the backs of two denim shirts, one for the outside and
one for the lining. If using new fabric you need:
- 70cm cotton for the outside
- 70cm cotton for the lining
- 70cm square of low loft wadding
- Scraps of fabrics for the decoration
- 1m Bondaweb
- 50cm square of fabric to cut bias binding or 126in of purchased 1in bias binding
- Metallic thread
- 3 press-studs
- 505 temporary fabric adhesive spray (optional)
Age 6-12 months (see note on adjusting size)
The materials used to make this project are available from all good quilt shops.
- Trace the appliqué designs onto separate pieces of Bondaweb for each colour.
Iron onto the WS of the fabrics and cut out on the line.
- Enlarge the coat diagram shown in Figure 1 and draw a pattern piece from
paper. Mark the outline onto the fabric Ė note that you will need to flip the pattern
piece on the fold line for the complete outline Ė but do not cut out at this stage.
- Position the appliqué in place as shown in Figure 2. Remember that the fabric will
be cut up the centre front so make sure you leave a gap for this and the binding, however
the back layout can overlap the fold line. Hold with pins until you are certain it is in the
correct position and then press into place with a hot iron. The stems go under the flowers
and the pots and can be fixed first.
- Stitch around the edges of the appliqué by hand or machine, add as much
embellishment as you wish but remember not to add small items such as buttons which could
be removed and chewed.
- Use thread to stitch the faces on the flowers and the butterfly antennae. To
avoid buying thread especially use a double thickness of ordinary sewing cotton to give
the line definition.
Quilting and Construction
- Layer the lining fabric RS down, the wadding and the outer fabric RS uppermost.
Pin at intervals or spray with temporary adhesive. If using pins avoid the areas
that have been bonded as it can leave a hole.
- Using a gentle curving stitch meander all over the fabrics using a metallic thread.
Work some test samples first. If you find the metallic thread too difficult to stitch
with you could use a matching thread. Or you could quilt by hand around the flowers,
leaves and butterfly, which would be sufficient to hold the layers together.
- Cut out the jacket; follow the old adage check twice and cut once to ensure you
donít cut the wrong piece. Cut up the centre front fold line and around the neck
to create the front opening.
- Join the underarm and side seams with 1⁄4in seams and finger press open. Slip stitch
bias over the seams by hand to cover them and keep them flat.
- Cut the binding fabric on the bias and sew into a long strip or alternatively
take your purchased bias binding. Sew the binding to the outside edge of the jacket
starting at a side seam. Stitch in a continuous piece around the bottom, up the front, round the neck and back
down the front and round to where you started.
- Fold the binding to the inside and slip stitch neatly in place. Bind the cuffs in
the same way.
- Sew on three pressstuds to keep the jacket closed at the front. Give to a small child and
remember to take a photo to send to us.
Figure 1: Coat diagram
Figure 2: Appliqué placement showing right-hand half of jacket
Making a different size
- To make this jacket for a slightly larger child measure the childís waist and
back length and use these to ensure your pieces are large enough.
- Remember a winter jacket may have to go over a thick jumper so needs to be a bit
roomier than a summer one.
- Donít be deceived into making the sleeves too narrow you need a lot more space under
the arm than you think.
- If you can borrow a garment that currently fits you can check the measurements or
alternatively look at a knitting pattern as these often have flat diagrams showing
you the individual pieces.
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 12 Number 11 - October 2004