If you’re a quilter, then you know that there are a million different fabrics out there to choose from. It can be overwhelming! But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll give you a crash course in one of our favorite fabrics for quilting: batik.
Batik is a type of fabric that originated in Indonesia. It’s made by hand-dyeing the fabric with wax and then dyeing it again with another color. The wax resists the second color, so you end up with these beautiful, intricate patterns.
Batik fabrics are perfect for quilting because they’re so versatile. You can use them in traditional quilts or more modern designs. Plus, the colors are just gorgeous!
Fun Things You Can Make with Batik Fabric
If you’re like me, you love finding new ways to use batik fabric in your quilting projects. Here are three fun things you can make with batik fabric.
A Patchwork Quilt
One of the most classic ways to use batik fabric is in a patchwork quilt. Patchwork quilts are stunning and timeless, and they’re also relatively easy to make.
Simply choose a variety of different batik fabrics in the colors you love, and then cut them into squares. Sew the squares together, and you’ve got a patchwork quilt top!
A Pieced Quilt Top
If you’re looking for something a little bit more challenging, you can try piecing together a quilt top with batik fabric.
This technique is called foundation piecing, and it’s a great way to create complex designs with batik fabric. Foundation piecing involves sewing the fabric to a stabilizing fabric so that it’s easier to sew complex curves and shapes.
Once you’ve pieced your top together, simply add batting and a backing, and quilt as desired.
A Simple Wall Hanging
Just choose one or two pieces of batik fabric in coordinating colors, and cut them into strips. Sew the strips together, and then sew them onto a backing fabric. Add batting and quilt as desired, then hang your wall hanging on a dowel or rod. That’s it!
A Baby Quilt
A baby quilt is a perfect project for showing off colorful batik fabric. Plus, it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric that you may have left over from other projects.
To make a baby quilt, simply choose a selection of coordinating batik fabrics and cut them into squares. Then, stitch the squares together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and add a backing fabric.
You can either hand-quilt or machine-quilt the quilt, then bind it using bias tape or your favorite binding method.
A Tote Bag
If you’re looking for a quick and easy project, then look no further than a tote bag! Tote bags are perfect for carrying around projects in progress, as well as all of your other essentials.
- To make a tote bag using batik fabric, simply select two coordinating pieces of fabric and cut them into rectangles measuring 18 inches by 22 inches.
- Next, stitch the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing, then turn the bag right side out and topstitch around the entire perimeter.
- Finally, add handles made from strips of batting or bias tape.
A Wall Hanging
Wall hangings make great gifts!
- To make a wall hanging, start by selecting three coordinating pieces of batik fabric and cutting them into rectangles measuring 12 inches by 16 inches.
- Then, use a 1/4-inch seam allowance to stitch the three pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing.
- Add borders to the top and bottom of the quilt using scrap pieces of batting or more batik fabric; once you’ve added the borders, your quilt should measure 16 inches by 20 inches.
- Finally, hand-quilt or machine-quilt the quilt as desired and bind it using bias tape or your favorite binding method.