How To Make A Baby Quilt

Hi everyone!  It's Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  I love sewing for my  grandchildren, and I especially love sewing something for them when they're newborns.  Today, I'm going to share with you how to make a baby quilt.  This is what I made for my newest grandson when he was born, and I love how it turned out.

How To Make A Baby Quilt. Easy enough to make your first ever quilt pattern.  Nice big pieces, nice big binding, nice big seams.  You can do it!

How To Make A Baby Quilt

The finished size of the baby quilt is 33″ wide x 38″ long

finished quilt measurements

Materials needed:

1/2 – 3/4 yards of 4 coordinating fabrics
1 1/4 yards of fabric or lining for the back side
1 1/4 yards of Warm & Natural
Disappearing ink marking pen
Thread to match binding fabric
Thread to match quilt fabrics

Instructions:

  • Pre-wash all of the fabrics and the Warm & Natural (following package instructions).
  •  Cut out your back piece of fabric and the Warm & Natural at 33″ x 38″.
  • Cut out strips of fabric for the outer edge binding.  The strips are cut at 6″ wide.  Cut enough strips to go around the outer edge of the quilt.  Approximately 150″ will be needed.

strips for binding

  • Cut out the 4 corner pieces 7″ x 7″

corner pieces

  • Cut out the 4 outer rectangles.  Cut 2 of them at 7″ x 21″, and 2 of them at 7″ x 26″

4 outer pieces

  • Cut out the 4 inner squares at 6″ x 6″.

4 inner squares

  • Cut out the 4 inner rectangles.  Cut 2 at 6″ x 11″, and 2 at 6″ x 16″.

2 short inner rectangles

2 long inner rectangles

  • Cut out the middle rectangle at 11″ x 16″.

center rectangle

  • Sew all of the pieces for the front of the quilt together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press seams open.

all pieces sewn together

  • Lay the back piece of fabric wrong side up on table.  Lay the piece of Warm & Natural on top of it, and then lay the front piece right side up on top of the Warm & Natural.  Pin all of the layers together.

all layers pinned together

  • Mark the quilting lines on the front side of the quilt with a disappearing ink marking pen.  I wanted my quilting lines to follow the square shapes across and down the quilt.  Sorry, I didn't get a good picture of this.  Tip – roll up the quilt so that it is easier to work with at your machine.

stitch lines marked

  • Stitch along the lines marked.  Here you can see how the stitch lines look on the back of the quilt.

stitch lines on back of quilt

  • Seam all of the binding strips together using a bias seam.  Iron the strip in half and then each side in half again.
  • binding strips sewn togetherGlue baste the binding to the outer edges of the quilt.  The binding will encase the edges of the quilt, so that you will have binding on both sides of the quilt.

glue basting

  • Fold the fabric as shown for each corner – front and back sides.

corner fold 1

corner fold 2

  • Topstitch the binding to the quilt – making sure that you catch the binding on both sides.

topstitching binding

  • Here's what the front and back sides will look like after the binding is topstitched.

binding front

topstitching back side

I hope you've enjoyed this sewing tutorial for how to make a baby quilt!  Have you made a baby quilt for someone special?

How To Make A Baby Quilt sewing tutorial

I hope you've enjoyed this sewing tutorial for how to make a baby quilt!  Have you made a baby quilt for someone special?

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22 Responses to How To Make A Baby Quilt

  1. Tanya Spencer says:

    Should the polka dot strips be 7 x 23 and 7 x 28 rather than 7 x 21 and 7 x 26? Just adding the 2-6x6s and the 6 x 11 (12+11=23) and the 2-6x6s and the 6 x 16 (12+16=28) I get different measurements.

  2. maryann says:

    I would suggest cutting the backing and batting a few inches bigger that the measurement for the top, then trim after the quilting is finished.

  3. Samantha Mortimer says:

    I am having trouble making the binding. Has anyone made this using pre-made binding and if so, what width would I use?

  4. You’re pictures are great and were very easy to follow until I went to sew the last two vertical rows onto the quilt top and the measurements didn’t add up. Then I went back and read all of the smaller print and found your mention of using a 1/2″ seam. This was really frustrating as I then had to seam rip and now I am having to figure out how to save this quilt. I had hoped for a quick and easy baby present and now that won’t be the case. Please put in bold somewhere at the beginning of the blog that you are using a non-standard seam allowance for quilting. Maybe in a huge font. I am going to have to cut fabric from my backing in order to fix this or re-sew the inside seams… I truly don’t understand why you would use non-standard quilting seam allowances if you are teaching people how to quilt.

    • Tonya, I’m not a quilter. I make pillows, draperies and valances for my business. In the drapery world, 1/2″ seam allowance is the norm. So, whenever I come up with a sewing project, that is how I figure the measurements. Sorry this caused some confusion, but it is written in the instructions to use a 1/2″ seam allowance.

      • Shandra says:

        I hate that you had to apologize for someone else not following instructions. I’m making my second quilt ever and both times I have used your pattern and I love it. You’re nice enough to post it without asking for money, I’m not going to complain about something that went wrong because I didn’t pay attention. THANK YOU!

  5. Lois George says:

    Do you think that I would be able to use fleece or would it stretch too much?

  6. gail says:

    wow thanks for sharing what seems to be a simple quilt! Would be a good first time quilt for me. Love the photos, too! I am going to give it a try:) Thanks again for sharing!

  7. Victoria says:

    What type of foot did you use?

  8. Phyllis Kidd says:

    What type of glue did you use?
    I’m brand new to this so I hope this isn’t a dumb question. Thanks!

  9. Sharon says:

    I have a question … it says to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance … Wanted to be sure this is correct because I thought quilts use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

  10. Janice Desjean says:

    I wish this was done in video tutorial, I like having my IPad nearby as I sew…..I guess I’ll just have to download all the directions. Ugh, I’m getting lazy in my old age……lol

  11. Gorgeous colours and an easy to follow tutorial, Jann. Featured today….

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