Making a quilt from baby clothes

One of the things that I’ve promised myself this year is to do more of the things that I enjoy.

For example, I want to read more books, get back into sewing and spend a little less time online and more time focusing on myself and doing the things I love.

So far things have been going well. I’ve managed to find the time to blog on the days that I work, usually in the evenings or straight after work before I pick our girls up from school. This means that on my days off I can do other things.

One of those ‘other things’ was to finish a quilt that I’d started when our girls were babies.

I’d already completed R’s quilt many years ago, however I’d only sewn the top of M’s. The girls knew about their quilts, but I couldn’t let R have hers without first finishing M’s too. It didn’t seem fair to give one her quilt and not the other.

So last week I set aside a day to finish M’s quilt. Luckily I still had all of the material, binding and wadding that I needed to complete it.

If you’d like to make your own quilt from your baby’s clothes you’ll need the following:

  • Baby clothes
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Fabric scissors
  • Quilting ruler
  • Binding (size depends on how big you want your quilt)
  • Wadding/Batting (size depends on how if you want your quilt)
  • Backing fabric
  • Various fabric such as fat quarters with different patterns
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and bobbin
Image of rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat

The first thing you’ll need to do is cut the baby clothes into squares. I tried to do this so that all of the squares were the same size. I also chose clothing with cute pictures or captions on.

Once you’ve cut your baby clothes, you can lay them out and decide where you want each piece to go. I decided to also use some fat quarters of fabric cut into squares so that the quilt would be a bigger size.

It’s also important to say that sewing your quilt can be a bit tricky, especially if the baby clothes you’re using a made of stretchy material so be extra careful.

Once you’re happy with the layout, it’s time to pin your quilt together.

Take one row of fabric and pin the pieces together so that the right sides up are facing each other (inward). This means you’ll be looking at the wrong side of each square.

You’ll then need to sew the pinned up side and continue to do this until all of the pieces are sewn together.

Once you’ve done this, cut your wadding and backing fabric so that it’s about an inch bigger than the top of your quilt.

Pin the wadding onto the backing fabric and then pin the top of your quilt on top of the backing fabric wadding.

You should have the backing fabric at the bottom, wadding in the middle and the top of your quilt on the top. All of these pieces should be the right way up with the edge of the wadding and backing fabric visible.

Sew all the way around the edges of all three layers so that they’re all attached and then trim off the excess wadding and backing fabric.

Now it’s time to bind your quilt. I recommend watching this video on how to do this.

When you’ve completed all of these steps, your quilt will be complete!

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