How to Make a Cotbed Quilt for Beginners, Step 3: Sewing an Individual Row of Squares











Now we are ready to sew row 1 together.

Squares 1 and 2


Take squares 1 and 2 from row 1, the first two squares from the left.  Place ‘right sides up’, for us newbies that means the side you want facing outwards is uppermost.

right sides together

Now place square 2 face down on top of square 1. This is called placing ‘right sides together’.

pin right sides together

Now pin the right hand side of your squares together ready for sewing.

Half an  inch seam allowance

Align the right hand side of your fabric with the side of your presser foot as shown. This will give a 1/2″ seam allowance. It is important to maintain this throughout if your quilt is to remain neat.

Sew together remembering to backstitch a few stitches at the start and finish of each seam.


It should look something like this.

First squares sewn

When unfolded it should look something like this.Square 3

Next place square 3 on top of square 2, right sides together. Pin right hand sides together and sew, again lining up edges with your presser foot to give 1.2″ seam allowance.

Repeat for squares 4 to 8 until you have a complete row.

Row 1 complete and labelled

Once finished, fold up your row with square 1 back on top and RE-LABEL IT! I cannot stress this enough. You will otherwise soon forget which row is which and which way up they were meant to be and then all that time you spent ensuring patterns didn’t clash when laying out your quilt will be wasted.

Repeat for rows 2-8.

Then go and pour yourself a nice glass of wine. You’ve earned it.

Up next, Step 4: Sewing your rows together.



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