Tutorial ~ Matching Prints

I finally got around to working on the crib skirt for Tiny E. I realized I needed to match the print to get the length I needed. My first run at it met with mixed results. But back to the drawing board and I came up with a method that was good enough for me. So I thought I’d share it. Here are the two pieces I wanted to sew together.

I pressed one selvedge under an inch or so.

Then I placed the piece with the folded edge on top of the other and lined up the design. When it looked good, I peeled it back and used a glue stick to keep it in place.

I set the glue with a quick press of the iron. Then I opened it up and used the pressed line for a stitching line.

I trimmed the excess seam allowance away.

Then opened it up and pressed once more. It isn’t a perfect match, but I am rather impressed with myself!

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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14 Responses to Tutorial ~ Matching Prints

  1. Kathy D. says:

    That was very slick, Katy! Will have to remember that trick. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ann Wight says:

    Nice, That’s exactly what I have done. Works great, I never thought to share it though. Can’t wait to see the cactus quilt.

  3. Sandi says:

    Very good and it looks great! Hugs,

  4. Lyndol says:


  5. lois92346 says:

    Great job, Katy! You can’t see the match unless you’re looking (very hard) for it!

  6. Ooh, that is brilliant! I am definitely going to remember how you did it – and go invest in a glue stick! Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. rl2b2017 says:

    Seriously??!! It’s not a perfect match – where?! You did a great job. Brilliant idea and great use of a glue stick. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. Nann says:

    Thanks for the glue stick idea! I will definitely remember that tip. (BTW, it’s a really good-looking print.)

  9. You absolutely SHOULD be proud of yourself. Great job! Nice little tutorial there!

  10. It looks great. Well done.

  11. Roxanne says:

    Your match looks great! Really appreciate the nifty tutorial too!

  12. Thanks!!! This is so helpful!

  13. Val W says:

    That looks great. I use a similar technique when matching stripes for a binding or border. I fold and press the 45 degree angle, then line up the prints and let the glue be my assistant before sewing.

  14. What a great technique! It’s awfully close to perfect, isn’t it?

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