I was recently contacted by a new company, Itty Bitty Handmade, to see if I would be interested in trying out and sharing one of their new products – a complete kit to create a modern baby-size quilt. I loved the look of their designs and thought it would be fun to check out the quality for myself, so I said sure!*
The quilts from Itty Bitty Handmade are all simple, clean, modern designs. This makes the quilt very easy to construct and assemble. Owners Eva and Hetal experimented with lots of brand-new crafters to find the easiest way to walk them through the process of creating their first simple quilt.
The kit arrives in a cute blue box and contains everything you need to finish your project except an iron/ironing surface and a sewing machine. Fabrics are all pre-cut, bias binding strips are prepared and all of the supplies to you need to make this quilt are included, including pins, thread, quilt-lines template, basting glue and plastic sheet to protect any surface while you glue-baste + more. Seriously, they’ve provided everything!
Also included is a clear, multi-page instruction booklet with color photos to guide you through the process. It’s written tutorial-style to walk you through each step with plenty of explanation and diagrams to help you along the way. And if you get stumped and need more visuals, the Itty Bitty website also has video tutorials. Their goal is to help you succeed and love your finished project.
This kit is so perfect for a beginning sewer not only because it’s a simple, do-able project that walks you step-by-step through the process from beginning to end, but also because it’s catered to someone who doesn’t even own the sewing supplies/notions to start a quilt. You don’t need any rulers or rotary cutters because everything is prepped and ready to go. If you are an experienced quilter, this would be a fun project for helping someone learn to quilt.
Also included with each kit is a hand-stamped, personalized label. So adorable and classy – not cheesy. There are two styles to choose from, one where you can also include the baby’s name.
Since I have a new nephew coming in a few weeks, I choose the Crosses quilt because it felt a little more masculine to me. I love the graphic simplicity of the design and LOVE that pop of chartreuse-y yellow with the grays. I was really impressed with the fabric quality – definitely designer quality fabrics (which isn’t always the case in a pre-packaged kit.) Good quality is batting included too.
I washed my finished quilt to make it even softer. Because of minimal quilting, it becomes a soft, puffy quilt with lots of drape. I followed the quilting design included in the kit, but you could easily add more quilting if you like.
This project came together really quickly and could easily be assembled in a day. The one factor I did not take into account was that the glue-basting technique requires 8 hours of drying time before you can do the quilting. I was in a time crunch so that is the one part of the instructions I didn’t follow. Instead I spray basted mine so I could quilt it right away.
In hindsight, I wish I had followed the method in the instructions. I think my quilt would have turned out slightly neater. So, just in case you are trying to finish this in a day, be prepared to build in that 8 hours of glue-baste-drying time. I think the results will definitely be worth it.
Here is a glimpse of some of the variety of colors and designs offered. Lots of fun modern prints in popular colors – I think they’ve done such a nice job with the selection they’re offering.
Itty Bitty Handmade is currently offering 20% off your order with coupon code DIARYOFAQUILTER20 (good through 3/4/16)
They also have a free kit to give away to one of you! Just check out the shop selection and tell me which kit you would choose in the comment section of this post. One comment per person, please.
Giveaway open until Friday, March 4 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
*This post is a sponsored post – I was compensated for sharing, but all opinions are my own. Photos are my own except where cited.