When you think about it, a baby quilt makes the perfect quilt project:
- It’s not too big, so it won’t take a lot of time.
- It doesn’t have to be fancy, so even a beginner can tackle it.
- There’s a built-in due date. (Never mind that some babies get their quilts when they are 2. Ahem.)
Also, babies aren’t too fussy about what the quilt looks like.
But their mamas usually are. (Right mamas?)
So read on for guidelines on how to make the perfect baby quilt.
1. Baby quilts are meant to be used! Not only should your fabrics and trims all be washable, it makes sense to wash, dry, and press all fabrics before you start sewing. This will also ensure the fabric doesn’t shrink and distort the quilt later.
In addition, pre-washing the fabric reduces the baby’s exposure to dirt and chemicals from the cloth while in transit from the warehouse, store, etc.
3. Safety first. When making any item for babies and small children, leave off small embellishments (like buttons) that can become choking hazards. Also, make sure strings or straps are too short to wrap around a baby or child’s neck, or simply avoid them altogether.
5. Don’t forget the back! Choose a backing fabric with a pattern that will amuse baby, especially as he or she grows. Then you can play games like “Count the stars” or “Find the fox.”
6. Intricately pieced patterns make impressive quilts, but if you’re looking for easy baby quilts to make, stick with a simple pattern that lets the fabric colors and patterns shine.
Whether you’re making your first quilt for a friend’s baby or you’re an experienced quilter crafting an heirloom to be passed down for generations, there is a baby quilt pattern and fabric on Keepsake Quilting that will make your modern baby–and her family–feel loved.