Thursday, May 16, 2019

How to Make a Quick and Easy Striped Quilt

Learn to make a simple striped quilt. This quilt couldn't be easier and you won't believe how quickly it comes together. It makes a great weekend project.

How to make a striped quilt

My oldest two kids have quilts on their beds, but for the longest time, my youngest two have just used blankets. Last spring, I finally decided to make some comforters for their beds.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Striped Quilt

These quilts were really easy and I made them two of them in four days. The first day I cut the fabric, the second day I sewed the quilts, and the third and fourth days I hand stitched the binding.

UPDATE 5-9-19: This was originally posted 8-23-13. I am updating it for clarification and ease of reading. My girls still use these quilts and they're holding up fairly well.

How to make a striped quilt - a quick and easy DIY

Finished quilt size

The finished quilt is 65" X 92". It's a little larger than your typical twin quilt, but I like to have them a little big so they can hang over the sides.

Materials Needed for Striped Quilt

I used 45" wide fabric

  • 1 yard EACH of 4 different fabrics for the stripes
  • 6 1/3 yards for the back and sides
  • batting 65" X 92"
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies

striped quilt

Cut List for Easy Quilt Pattern


Cut the following measurements from EACH of the four fabrics:
10 1/2" X 42"
7 1/2" X 42"
2 pieces - 3 1/2" X 42"

You will have 11" left over from each fabric. Perfect for making a few throw pillows. OR make a matching doll quilt and pillows like I did!


69" X 96"
You will need to piece together two pieces of fabric. In order to save on fabric, my seam is not in the center. I used one full piece at 45" X 96" Then I cut a piece 24" X 96". I sewed them together lengthwise to make a piece that was about 69" X 96".


2 pieces - 12" X 92"
I used the left over piece from the back for one of my side pieces. Then I pieced together five pieces for the other side from the rest of the fabric.

Striped quilt - the fast and easy way to make a quilt

Sewing and Assembling the Quilt

I don't have any step-by-step pictures. I will try to explain the best I can.

Sewing the top

Create your top with the strips of fabric.  I laid it out on the floor and came up with a pattern I liked.

Stack them all up in the order you like them. Then start sewing the strips together.

Grab your first two pieces of fabric. With right sides together, sew along the long edge of the material.

Grab the next strip of fabric and (with right sides together) sew it to the first two. Continue on until all the stripes are sewn together.

Once all the strips are sewn together, sew on the sides.

Assembling the quilt

Place the back of the quilt on the floor, right side down. Place the batting on the back. Then place the top (with the right side facing up) on top of the batting.

Pin all the layers together so it will stay in place while sewing.

Note: The back will be bigger than the top, so make sure to center the top.

Sewing the quilt together

Stitch along the seams of each stripe. I began at one end of the quilt and worked my way to the middle. Then I moved to the opposite end and again worked my way to the middle.

Note: The middle stripes are the hardest to sew because of the bulk of the quilt. I found it best to roll the end up. The quilt could then slide along in the middle of the machine. 

You could have it professionally quilted, or you could hand quilt it. But for me, these quilts were all about getting them done quickly, so I opted to sew along the strips. They have held up fairly well over the years.

Binding the quilt

I used the back of the quilt as my binding, rolling it up and over the top and stitching it in place. See my Blanket Binding Tutorial for more detailed instructions.

quick and easy quilt pattern

 I'm really happy with how well they ended up matching their rooms. Which one is your favorite?

A quick and easy striped quilt tutorial

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  1. These are so cute, and you did a great job matching them to the rooms! Love it! Pinning this, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  2. These are great! I'm pinning this post! I may need it one day. So thanks!

  3. Great idea! They match with the rooms so well! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

  4. I love the idea of making quilts, but have always been daunted by the scale of the projects. Your Striped quilts look really do-able, Rachel, and perfect for summer! Thank you so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Have a wonderful week ahead!