Friday, April 12, 2013

Ring Around MBS Tutorial and Bonus Car Seat Cover Tutorial

Today I get to share my newest Moda Bake Shop Tutorial,  Ring Around!!!  This is a super shabby, super scruffy, super modern baby quilt.  The fabric is Comma by Zen Chic and it is so incredibly fun to work with.  I mean, who wouldn't love these bold designs and colors!!

The quilt is made with raw edge applique and so it will get a scruffy look after each washing.  So fun!!!  And even though it looks a little complex, it is really beginner friendly and goes together quick.    It measures 38" x 38", the perfect size for the on the go mom.  

I can't help but smile each time I look at this quilt.  The fun bold colors and whimsical rings just make me think about country fairs and school carnivals.  So fun!!  FYI, Comma can be found at Burgundy Buttons,  The Intrepid Thread, and Fat Quarter Shop.  And all you need is a layer cake and a little yardage.) Yippee Skippee!!

 You can find the step-by-step tutorial of Ring Around over at the Moda Bake Shop.  But wait one second, don't pop over just yet . . . Because I have a bonus tutorial today!!

Every adorable blanket deserves a matching car seat cover!!!  And so I whipped up this little Chic Circles Quilted Car Seat Cover.  So fun, right :)  So let's get right to the tutorial.


Leftover circles from Ring Around Quilt or 75 to 100 circles in varying sizes, prints, and colors
1 10" square of pop color fabric for handles (green print)
1 yard of focal fabric for quilted cover top (black print)
1/3 yard of contrasting fabric for quilted cover top (white print)
1 yard of matching fabric for cover lining 
1 yard of batting (low loft or cotton)
2 small pieces of velcro


Cut your focal fabric into (4) 4" x 42" strips and (1) 15" x 42" strip.  Cut your contrasting fabric into (4) 2" x 42" strips.

Cut your remaining contrasting fabric into (2) 3 1/2" x 9" rectangles.  Scrap remains of strip.  Cut pop color fabric square into (2) 4 1/2" x 9" rectangles.  Scrap remains.


Lay your (9) 42" strips out as follows.

Piece the strips together using a 1/4" seam.  The easiest way is to just place your second strip onto the first with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the edge, aligning as you go.  Then place the third strip onto the now sewn together first and second strips.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge again, aligning as you go.  Repeat for each strip until all are sewn together.  Press towards the darker fabric.

And now the top is all pieced, and should measure 35" x 42", and you are ready to add batting.  This is like making a partial quilt sandwich.  Place your batting on the floor and tape or pin it down so it has no bubbles and is taught.    Baste the pieced top to the batting piece.  I used spray baste but you can use pins as well.  If you are new to basting you can see a video tutorial here that goes over both methods.


And now you are ready to add the applique.  Gather your fabric circles.  I liked to keep mine dived by color just so I made sure they were distributed evenly.

You can attach your applique in two ways.  Either spray the back of the circles with spray baste and randomly place them onto your pieced top.

Or you can randomly place them on your top and pin them in place.

Either way you choose, just keep randomly placing the circles until you have a coverage of circles over the pieced top that is pleasing to the eye.

Now, to keep those circles all in place, you simply quilt your partial quilt sandwich.  I choose to use an all over pebbling FMQ design.  You can refer to this video if the quilting of Ring Around to get an idea of how quilting with raw edge applique will be.  Just be sure to use a dense design so that all of those circles are secured in place.


Once your pieced top is all quilted, you are ready to turn it into a cover by adding lining.  First, take a place and draw around the 4 edges of the quilt to give the cover nice curved edges.

Then go ahead and trim the excess batting and the curved corners you just drew.

Now, gather the fabric you choose for the lining of your cover. Give it a good pressing and the lay it flat with right side up.  Place your pieced and quilted top onto the lining with right side down so that both right sides are facing each other.  Pin around the edges of the top.

Sew a 1/4" seam (or if you walking foot is like mine, more like a 3/8" seam) around the entire top leaving a 5" hole at the bottom for turning.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.

Trim the excess lining using your quilt top as a guide.  Now clip the corners to allow for easier turning.

Turn the cover right side out and then press the edges flat.  Take time here to make sure your pressing the seams nice and even.

Now, sew a 1/4" seam around the entire edge of the cover to keep the edges from rolling.


Last but not least, time to make some handles.  Gather your (4) 9" rectangles.  Place the smaller onto the larger with right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge aligning as you go.  Repeat for the second handle.

Now align the other 2 raw edges together and pin.  The right side won't lay flat.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.  Turn the handle right side out and press flat so that 1/4" of your pop fabric is on either side of your contrasting fabric.  Repeat for the second handle.

Turn the top and bottom raw edges under 3/8"ish and pin in place.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the top and bottom to secure in place.  If you like, you can stitch along the sides in the ditch for decorative purposes.  Repeat for the second handle.

Place the soft side of one piece of velcro onto the front top of the handle centering it and putting it down about 1/2", pin in place.  Place the scratchy side of the velcro onto the back bottom of the handle once again centering it and putting it up about 1/2", pin in place.  Stitch the velcro in place.  I like to stitch a rectangle and then 2 angled lines to make an x and really keep it in place.  Repeat for the second handle.

Finally, place the handles onto the cover.  You can either use your car seat to measure the best places for the handles, or I found it was pretty standard to center them at 19" from the top of the cover.  Place the handles 6" apart and use the contrasting lines to center them in the middle section.  Sitch the same pattern you did for the velcro at the center of each handle.


And now, attach the velcro straps around the handle bar of your infant car seat and stand back and enjoy your Chic Circles Quilted Car Seat Cover!!!

Don't they make a perfect pair!!!  I actually get to give this little handmade duo to my twin sister today!!!  She is expecting a little boy this summer and I am so excited for her!!!  Won't she just look super stylish sporting these beauties :)

I hope you enjoy this tutorial as well as the Ring Around Tutorial!!  If you make either, or the pair, I would love to see them!!!  You can add them to my Inspired by Happy Quilting Tutorials Flickr group :)

Linking to Amanda's

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  1. Thank you so much, Melissa. Such a beautiful, modern baby quilt! I pinned it immediately! JUST gorgeous!!! Congrats on what I know is going to be another Moda Bake Shop Recipe success!

  2. Melissa, these are both spectular! I love the Comma line and you have made two perfect projects with it. Thanks for the tutorials.

  3. Wow!! That is one chic car seat cover!!! I just love it! The baby quilt is awesome, as well. Thank you for the tutorials. Your tutorials are always very clearly written, easy to understand, and include pictures for visual learner a like myself! Thank you!!!

  4. Love the baby quilt, so much fun with the rings and bright colors. And the car seat cover is so cute and looks really easy. Thanks for the tutorials.

  5. both projects are super cute! Great job Melissa!

  6. Melissa that is so cute, to bad my babies are out of car seats I would so make one.

  7. love that quilt!! now I need to buy some Comma lol... in other news, my copy of Modern Baby arrived today!!

  8. Very cute! Love the matching set :)

  9. Melissa in the first cutting instructions it says (4) 4"x42" but in the photo it says 2"x42"? Please let me know I would love to make one for my grand daughter!

  10. Two great tutorials. Love that little quilty for sure. A good go to pattern!

  11. What a fantastic and stunning quilt! It is amazing. Visiting from the Moda Bake Shop, and will be sure to return often for more of your amazing work.

  12. What a chic!!!!! Thank you for sharing the gorgeous tutorials!


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