How to Sew a Baby Quilt for Beginners
This tutorial will teach you how to use left over fabric to sew a modern day quilt blanket. You can do this as a quilt for a baby or an adult quilt to throw on a chair. You could also consider this to be a patchwork quilt pattern and I’ve tried to make this as easy as possible for you to follow.
I had a whole lot of unused fabric in my closet for Baby Boomba. So I decided to use it up and make a large blanket plus several smaller ones to sell. Quilts are blankets that have padding stuffed in between 2 layers and finished with straight stitching of lines for decoration and stability. However, for this tutorial, I am not going to use batting as the filler, but rather just 2 layers of bamboo fabric with a top decorative grid. I did sew a couple of other blankets with batting in the middle, and pictures for those are at the bottom of this post.
What you will need:
- Large Area (like a dining table)
- Sewing Machine
- Square (I couldn’t find mine, so I used a clip board)
- (2) 53″ x 30″ Fabric (I used my bamboo blend, this is a fairly light weight fabric, however, when sewn together with 2 layers, it creates a nice weightiness to it. You can use anything you want but make sure it has a little weight to it)
- Lot of remnant pieces of decorative cotton fabric. You can create whatever size squares or rectangles you want, as long as the total design is the same size as your middle and bottom layer.
Step 1: Cutting the Middle and Bottom Layer
Cut out 2 layers of fabric the same size which will be your middle and bottom layer. In this example, I have cut out 2 rectangles of 53” x 30”. Be sure to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around (which I have not put here, I usually just gauge it by eye.)
Step 2: Assembling the top layer Patchwork Quilting Design
It is good if your brain is organized for this step because you will need it. Map out your grid and sew all decorative squares / rectangles together for this patchwork quilt. Be sure to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around. This is probably the most tedious, yet challenging, yet fun part (can all these exist?).
It would help if you drew it out first, organize your pieces, cut them and then lay them out on the table.
Start off by connecting the pieces vertically like this below.
To sew the square together, place the RIGHT side of the 2 pieces together and sew the edge. Repeat with each piece.
Then once you have finished all the vertical pieces, run an iron on the seams to flatten it out.
Go back to your sewing machine and connect them all horizontally until all the squares are sewn together. Run an iron throughout the seams again to flatten.
Then you will have your top layer all done!
Step 3: Pin your top layer to the middle layer
3a Now that your grid is complete, pin it to the middle layer.
3b Then sew a straight stitch in each square to bind the layers together. This entire piece will now be referred as the top layer.
Step 4: Sew the blanket together
Take your Top Layer (which is the Grid Design + the Middle Layer) and put it face down (RIGHT side) with the RIGHT side of your Bottom Layer so they are face to face together. Sew it together all around and leave a gap on the top to allow yourself flip it all back to the RIGHT side.
Step 5: Finish it off
Fold it all back inside out and you should have your finished piece. Run an iron over the entire blanket. To finish it off, close the gap by top stitching at about 1/4 inch and keep going around the entire perimeter.
Design a blanket label to go all the way around for gifting or selling. Secure the label at the back with double sided tape.
You can make this design with any size fabric of your choice. The sky is the limit.
I also decided to do one where I used a satin blanket binding to finish the edges, rather than flipping the entire thing inside out. That was a complete disaster and a nightmare to sew reason being you cannot see the back of what you are sewing so it may be a hit and miss. I am obviously not an expert at using binding, so I will stick with the method I am use too and leave the experts to do this method.
I also have made a couple of other blankets using quilt batting as the filler. I eliminated the middle bamboo layer for this. The result is much plusher and much lighter. And just letting you know, I had enough fabric to make about 9 blankets, of which about 4 went bust due to stupid errors and such, so I will only be selling some of these on my ETSY store. The rest will go to my family members who have babies who don’t mind a few flaws here and there! 🙂
At the end, we have some beautiful hand made quilts! To view any of these (if they are still up), visit my ETSY store! I hope this simple quilt pattern was easy to follow and that your project turned out to be one that you are proud of!