Instructions on how to make your own silk quilt
Why not make your own Vibrant Silk Quilts from packs available?
You will need:
- Tracing paper
- Dupion silk
- Zig-zag sewing machine
- Invisible thread
- Iron-on Vilene
- Small pair of scissors
- Draw your design onto tracing paper with a fine felt-tip pen.
- Fabric I use silk dupion (it frays well which is a feature of my quilts). For the leaf I use 3 layers
the top and bottom layer with iron-on Vilene (light-weight).
- Make a sandwich:
- Traced design
- Top piece of silk with iron-on Vilene
- Middle piece (no iron-on Vilene)
- Bottom piece with iron-on Vilene
- Stitch by machine with invisble thread (mono-filament nylon).
You can use this thread in the spool but it does tend to break easily so you can use thread which is the same colour as the fabrics.
A small straight stitch is needed at this stage.
- Tear off the tracing paper.
- You will be left with:
- It's now time to cut through with a pair of small, sharp scissors cut around the border and the leaf leaving the second layer visible.
- Zig-zag the raw edges of the leaf and border with a small zig-zag stitch. This is to stop the top layer fraying.
- Cut through the second layer to reveal the bottom layer, and fray these edges around the leaf and border. You can zig-zag these frayed edges to make then neater, but there is no need.
- Here is a close-up of one of the leaves in the finished quilt.
There are also detailed instructions on how to make your own Elephant silk quilt in the Feb/March 2001 issue of Fabrications.