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how to make a quilt longer but not wider

If you want to make a quilt longer without making it wider, you can do so by adding fabric to the top or bottom of the quilt. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to accomplish this:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Quilt in Need of Lengthening: The quilt that you want to extend.
  2. Additional Fabric: You’ll need fabric that matches or complements the existing quilt. Ensure it’s the same width as the quilt.
  3. Thread: Matching thread for sewing.
  4. Sewing Machine (or Needle and Thread): A sewing machine is recommended for quicker and more secure stitching, but you can hand-sew if you prefer.


  1. Measure and Determine the Desired Length:
    • Lay out your quilt on a flat surface and measure the width to determine how much additional length you need.
  2. Cut the Additional Fabric:
    • Measure and cut a piece of additional fabric that matches the width of your quilt and is the length you want to add. This fabric will be sewn to either the top or bottom of the quilt.
  3. Prepare the Quilt and Fabric:
    • Lay the quilt flat with the side you want to extend facing up. If you’re adding to the bottom, lay the additional fabric right-side up at the bottom of the quilt. If you’re adding to the top, lay it at the top.
  4. Pin the Fabric in Place (Optional):
    • Use pins to secure the additional fabric to the quilt. This will help keep it in place while you sew.
  5. Sew the Fabric to the Quilt:
    • Using a sewing machine or hand-sewing, sew the additional fabric to the quilt. Use a straight stitch and match the thread color to the quilt fabric for a seamless look.
    • Sew a seam allowance of 14 inch (0.6 cm) or more from the edge of the additional fabric, making sure it’s securely attached to the quilt.
  6. Backstitching (Optional):
    • If you’re using a sewing machine, backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure the threads.
  7. Trim Excess Fabric (Optional):
    • If there’s excess fabric beyond the seam, trim it to match the quilt’s width.
  8. Press the Seam (Optional):
    • If you want a crisp, flat seam, press it with an iron on low heat.
  9. Repeat on the Opposite Side (If Needed):
    • If you want to add length to both the top and bottom of the quilt, repeat the process on the opposite side.
  10. Check for Quality:
    • Examine your work to ensure the additional fabric is securely attached and the quilt looks seamless.
  11. Use and Enjoy:
    • Your quilt is now longer without adding width. It’s ready to be used and enjoyed.

By following these steps, you can successfully extend the length of your quilt to better fit your needs or preferences. Whether you’re adding length for practical or aesthetic reasons, this method allows you to modify your quilt while maintaining its original width.