Dress Me Up for the Playground REMIX from Modern Handcraft

We have Nicole from Modern Handcraft on the blog today to share a tutorial for her Dress Me Up for the Playground REMIX! Last year she created an awesome playmat using the original Dress Me print by Wee Gallery (find it here), and as soon as we saw the Playground version we knew there had to be a follow up! Check out what Nicole made below – we can’t wait to see your version!


Hello Dear Stella friends! Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a fun and adorable follow up to my last tutorial featuring a Wee Gallery line – this time using their Dress Me for the Playground collection!

Most of you will remember Wee Gallery’s last line in the Dress Me series, and this time she has added a fun clothing print, perfect for playing dress up, and some fun colorful coordinates that pair up with the clothing perfectly. To highlight the additional fabrics I thought it would be fun to make a remix of the last project by creating a back that is pieced!

Finished quilt measures 40.5″ x 49.5″

Materials needed

Navy Hearts – 1/2 yard // cut 20 – 5″ squares

Mint Hearts – 3/8 yard // cut 10 – 5″ squares

Peach Hearts – 3/8 yard // cut 10 – 5″ squares

Gold Hearts – 1/2 yard // cut 20 – 5″ squares

Mint Bunnies – 3/8 yard // cut 10 – 5″ squares

Peach Bunnies – 3/8 yard // cut 10 – 5″ squares

Dress Me for the Playground – 1 1/2 yard

Black Hearts for binding – 3/8 yard

Clothes for the Playground – 3/4 yard // cut 20 – 5″ squares, using the remaining for outfits

• Cotton Quilt batting

• Therm O Web fusible fleece

• White thread

• Sewing machine and notions (rotary cutter, cutting mat, scissors, acrylic ruler)

*Fabric amounts shown above are for the quilt layout shown below*

First, assemble your quilted side.

Once you have your 5″ squares in the layout shown above, start sewing your squares into rows using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Iron open your seams once you finish each row.

Sew your rows together matching up your seams. Press open your seam allowance.

Make your quilt sandwich by laying your black and white Dress Me for the Playground fabric face down on a surface, then your quilt batting, and then your quilt top facing up. Spray baste or pin baste and quilt how you like. I chose to do a straight line stitch from corner to corner of each square creating an x in each quilt block.

Finish off your quilt by adding your binding. I have a great tutorial here on how I like to machine bind my quilts.

Now that you are finished with your quilt – it is time to start on your outfits.

Iron your remaining Clothes for the Playground fabric to your fusible fleece. The fusible fleece material has a strong enough bond but I found that it loosens up after the child plays with them after a while. Using a free motion foot I did a quick stitch around the outline of each clothing item. It doesn’t have to be pretty, as the white thread actually blends in really nicely. This will keep the fabric / fleece bonded permanently. Cut around the outside of your stitches and you are set!

The outfits – I had so much fun working with the outfits that Wee Gallery designed this year, so much easier than my original project of cutting out the right size shirts and shorts for the little guys to wear. Here is the complete collection sorted by color.

There you have it! The perfect quilt that transitions from crib – to playtime – and is still a great size for toddlers to enjoy!

I would love to see what you create with this new line so be sure and tag your projects #dressmeupremix if you are on Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial!

-Nicole

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4 Responses to Dress Me Up for the Playground REMIX from Modern Handcraft

  1. Jennifer B says:

    Way too cute and way too fun!

  2. MArianne says:

    cute idea with the “dress up” dolls!

  3. Marina says:

    Genius & possibly the cutest quilt idea ever1

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