Learn how to make a cheater quilt that is fast, easy, and you can use any striped or plaid fabric. A cheater quilt is perfect for gifts!
As someone who sews clothes, I love the idea of making a quilt. It’s a great gift and so cozy. But I’m not very good at it and I don’t have the patience for mutliple blocks. That is why I LOVE cheater quilts.
Cheater quilts are so fast and easy. I love giving them as handmade gifts because they look detailed and intricate, but they only take a couple of hours to make. Learn how to make a cheater quilt for you or a loved one!
What is a Cheater quilt?
A cheater quilt is a quilt that has one piece of fabric for the quilt top instead pieces of fabric sewn together. You can use cheater quilt fabric or just large stripes, buffalo plaid, or triangle fabric. Essentially you can use any fabric that has a grid you can follow.
I made a Harry Potter inspired quilt for my son because he’s reading the books and loving the story. We hung some quotes from the books on his wall to inspire him. I can’t wait to see him wearing his Harry Potter shirt and snuggling in this Harry Potter quilt.
I used flannel for the back to make it warm and cozy and durable. I could’ve even put minky on the back for a different texture.
How to Make a Cheater Quilt
- Cheater quilt fabric, large striped fabric, buffalo plaid fabric, or triangle fabric for the quilt top in the amount of your choice – DO NOT PREWASH
- Backing quilting cotton or flannel fabric in the amount of your choice – DO NOT PREWASH
- Batting in the amount of your choice – The quilting size of the batting should coincide with the size of the cheater quilt fabric grid.
- Matching pre-made bias binding or handmade bias binding – learn how to make and use bias tape
- Sewing tools
Trim off any white space and selvedges from the quilt top fabric.
Make a quilt sandwich by laying the back fabric right side down, then the batting, and then the quilt top fabric right side up. Make sure all the fabric is centered with each other and the wrinkles are smoothed out.
Safety pin all the layers first. Your saftey pins should be at about 12 inches apart.
Using a walking foot quilt along the lines of the quilt top fabric. I sewed all my horizontal lines first and then all my vertical lines. I start on one side and go to the middle and then start on the other side and go to the middle.
Trim all the excess off of the edges so that the corners are squared and edges are straight.
Cut a curve into the corners. I prefer curved corners since they are easier for me to sew bias binding on. You can do regular corners if you prefer.
If you use pre-made bias binding it makes the quilt much faster. I topstitch my binding on since I like the look of it.
If you make your own bias binding it takes it a little bit longer, but you can have a cool print along the edge. I still topstitch bias binding on because I like the look of it.
If you make a cheater quilt using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!