Frugal Quilt Backing
The first thing you need to know as a frugal quilter is that
backing does not have to be a solid piece of fabric. You can piece together your
backing. In fact, some people have always piece their backing. They like
to use up all the fabric from their project so they can start fresh with their
Usually when backing is pieced, it is done with
large squares and rectangles of fabric. It is just a frugal way to quickly
make a piece large enough for your project without having to buy new fabric.
Sometimes it is done to use fabric that you do not like anymore, and do not want
to use for the front of your project.
Most quilters like to use a fabric with a small print for the
back of their quilt. This is because a small print is good at disguising quilting
mistakes, especially when you machine quilt. If you should get a small
pucker while you are quilting, it won't be as noticeable.
When you use your machine to
piecework, you can either use a straight stitch, or you can do free motion
quilting, or a combination of both. One trick you can do is to pick a
fabric for the back
with a pattern on it. Then you can quilt from the back side, using the
print on the back as your pattern.
The fabric pictured above would make a great
quilt backing. Look at all the lines to choose to use as a guide for your
You could quilt the diagonal lines or the straight lines.
Some people like to tie their quilts from the
back also. Again, this fabric would be excellent for choosing where to
place your ties.
Some quilters use sheets for the back of their
quilts. Other quilters use muslin or a favorite print. I've heard some
people say that if they are going to all the work of making a quilt, they want
the back to be as pretty as the front.
You can buy extra wide fabric for the back of
your quilt, so that you do now have to piece it. Most fabric if 44/45
inches wide. Even a lap quilt is at least 52 inches wide. (See the
chart on the right). This means you need two pieces of fabric the length
of your quilt sewn together to get the desired width.
is best not to sew the seam down the middle of the fabric. That can put
too much pressure on one area of the quilt when it is folded. It is best
to run 2 seams down the backing of your quilt. Just rip one length of
fabric in half, and then attach a piece to each side of the other piece.
You will have a lot of leftover fabric, so keep
this in mind when choosing your backing. If you buy new fabric for the
back of the quilt, think about what you might do with the remaining fabric.
Again, this is why frugal quilters often piece the backing.
If you are making a lap quilt for a child or an
elderly person, you can use fleece or flannel for the back, making it even
warmer and more snuggly. Depending on the weight of the fleece, sometimes
you can do without the batting.
You have lots of options for the back of your
quilt. If you want to be frugal, you can save money using some of the