Time flies. And when you have kids, it’s like our fearless leader Paula says, “It’s supersonic!” That’s why we wanted to offer a DIY quilt project to help you hold onto memories of your little one’s favorite baby clothes, like personalized onesies, big sister shirts, big brother shirts, or 1st birthday shirts. These quilts will become cherished keepsakes that will be used for years.
Below are the supplies you’ll need, as well as the instructions.
-Old baby clothes
-Scissors or cutting knife
-Thick thread or yarn to tie baby quilt
-Additional fabric for the back of the quilt
- Wash and dry all your fabrics and baby clothes.
- Iron any baby clothes and fabric pieces if necessary to make it easier to work with.
- Determine the size you want for your quilt squares and be sure to add a ¼” for each square for a seam allowance. Use a cutting mat and scissors to cut baby clothes into squares. Tip: When cutting up the baby clothes, be sure to incorporate the small ruffles, lace, icons, buttons, etc. to help remind of your baby in these clothes. It makes a great addition to the final quilt. Be sure to fasten buttons or snaps down securely.
- Trim fusible web to the size of your quilt squares and iron fusible web to the back of your squares (see fusible web packaging for additional instructions).
- Lay quilt squares out and determine what pattern you want then sew the pieces together in rows first and then sew the rows together to make quilt. Tip: Use a sticky note or piece of tape to number the pieces and rows. This will help you keep everything in order as you sew.
- Lay the back piece of fabric out (right side down) and lay the sewn quilt squares on top (right side up). Trim fabric to size for the quilt leaving enough fabric around the edges to allow you to turn and finish the quilt (about 4 – 5”).
- Pin quilt to the back piece of fabric. Use a needle and yarn to tie quilt. Tip: It’s easier to tie the quilt in the center of each square versus the corners of the squares.
- Fold fabric around the edge of the quilt, pin in place, and sew around edges to finish the quilt.