How To Make a Picnic Quilt Without Batting

This Picnic Quilt requires no batting or binding, making this simple tutorial an ideal summer quilting project that is well-suited for beginner quilters!

This picnic quilt tutorial is super simple and beginner friendly. If you are looking for something a bit more challenging try this How to make a Puff Quilt in 5 Step with Video or How to sew a colorful quilt with Triangles.

picnic quilt summer no batting quilt

Summer and picnics go hand in hand. I wanted to make a lightweight but colorful no batting quilt to use in summer and I made it using a simple patchwork pattern.Perfect to carry around to the park or outdoor event.

The main difference between a quilt and a picnic quilt is that the latter is a no batting quilt. There are just two layers of fabric sandwiched together.

How To Make a Picnic Quilt Without Batting

Easy step by step picnic quilt tutorial.

  1. I selected a bunch of bright, fun fabrics and cut them into 8 inch (+seam allowance) by 10 inch (+seam allowance) rectangles using the Fiskars 60mm rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler.
  2. I sewed the blocks together to form my quilt front. Next, I pinned my sewed quilt front to its quilt back (right sides facing together) with no batting in between. This is going to be a light and airy summer quilt with just two layers of fabric sandwiched together. I then stitched all around the edges of the quilt leaving just a small gap for me to turn the quilt inside out. I trimmed off the excess using a Pinking shears. I then hand stitched the opening close.
  3. Next, I ironed the quilt flat, making sure the edge seams were in line. I then ‘tied’ the quilt together at each of the block intersections.
  4. To tie, I inserted my needle into both the fabrics and pulled it leaving a long enough tail behind that could be used to tie a knot. Once I finished stitching, I used the tail from the beginning and tied a secure double knot. Trim the excess off carefully using a pair of Micro Tip scissors.
picnic quilt

This quilt without batting needs no finishing or edging like I show How to finish a Quilt in 4 simple steps. Instead we simply sew it like a pillowcase and turn it inside out.

ALSO READ: How to make a keepsake baby clothes quilt in 5 simple steps

Here is another fun summer craft: A perfect gift basket for a friend – Smores for the win! Find my tutorial here.

Why Should You Make a no batting quilt?

A no batting quilt is a much easier quilt to make for beginners. There is just the quilt top (patchwork design or any other design of your choice) and a fabric backing. There is no middle layer- of batting or fleece- and that makes assembling, finishing and basting this quilt much simpler. Also this quilt without batting is lightweight, and easy to carry around- if it gets wet or damp it dries quickly too making it perfect for summer!

What are you crafting nowadays? Leave a link below in the comments and I will try and stop by and see it!

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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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