Baby quilts make the perfect gift for expectant and new moms. Custom made baby quilts made especially for the baby are always a welcome and treasured gift. Quilts made from baby quilt patterns don’t have to take a long time to make either, a simple baby quilt can be constructed in a weekend.
If you are just learning how to quilt, baby quilts make the perfect beginners project. The small size makes them easy to piece, handle and quilt. Baby quilt patterns can be simple and still look fabulous!
One of the cutest and easiest baby quilts I ever made was a simple single block patch quilt. I cut out 5″ squares of red, white and blue colored fabrics. This quilt was being made for a little boy and I was going for an American sort of look. I made this quilt entirely out of my stash.
I sewed all the blocks together, first in rows and then I attached the rows together. Once I had the the quilt top completed, I drew out big block style letters of the baby’s name on pieces of printer paper. I then flipped the letters over and traced the letters with a sharpie on the reverse side of the paper – this is so that I could see the letters better. I took some sewable fusible web and traced the reverse image of the letters onto the web. I then cut out the letters, leaving a 1/4″ boarder around the edges. Then I applied the web to the back side of fabric. After the web was applied to the fabric I cut the letters out on the line and ironed the letters in a fun crooked style to the top of the quilt with a hot iron. I applied a blanket stitch to the letters with some black floss while watching tv but you could do this on a sewing machine. I then went and looked through my sons coloring books and found a really cut cartoon dog that was about 8″ or so. I traced this on to paper and made appliques and repeated the process of attaching them and applying a blanket stitch. Just for fun I also added an easy to make baseball applique and attached the stitching by had to the ball.
I layered the quilt top, batting and backing and pinned it together and machine quilted it. I made and attached a binding by hand but you could use some premade silky type binding sold in stores, babies love it! I make this entire quilt in just two days and that includes the time it took me to figure out what I wanted to make. My niece LOVED the quilt and it was the hit of the baby shower! She ended up hanging it on her baby’s wall and theming her nursery around the quilt I had made for her. Another great idea for a baby girl would be to make this same sort of quilt out of pastel pinks and green fabrics and applique a kitty in the corner with a little doll.
You really don’t need a baby quilt patterns to make a baby quilt, you can wing it like I did or you can find some inspiration in a coloring book. Another great way to get ideas for a baby quilt is to head to your local fabric store or quilt shop. Check out all the coordinating fabric and get your creative juices flowing. Just make sure you buy enough fabric for the entire project, the front, backing and binding. With a baby quilt being so small this shouldn’t cost too much.
Or if you are worried or don’t feel comfortable designing your own baby quilt you could purchase a baby quilt book. Here are some great deals on baby quilt patterns: