A Simple Baby Quilt How-To

How to sew a simple modern baby quilt

In Episode 13, over on my knitting and sewing Youtube channel, I showed a simple, modern, baby quilt I had been making as a gift for a friends new baby.

As so many of you were interested in the quilt I thought I’d share a baby quilt how-to and walk you through the steps I followed to make mine.

If you make a baby quilt of your own I’d love for you to tag @alexcollinsdesigns and share using #alexcollinsdesigns_quiltproject on Instagram so I can see!

Fabric and batting selection to make a simple lap quilt

QUILT MAKING SUPPLIES

Main Fabric 1.5 meters (59”) - Serendipity by Minky Kim for Riley Blake Fabrics

Backing Fabric 1.5 meters (59”) - Catnip by Gingiber for Moda

Binding Fabric 0.5 meters (19.5”) cut into 2.5” strips - Basic Spot New Cheeky Pink by Henley Studios for Makower

Batting - Quilters Dream Cotton Crib 152cm x 117cm (60” x 40”)

Cotton thread for quilting

Contrast thread for basting

Walking foot

Pins

Hand sewing needle

Quilting Ruler 24” x 6”

Rotary Cutter

Pencil

SKILLS YOU WILL USE

Sew in a straight line 

Bind your quilt using the mitred corner method

Whip stitch 

STEPS FOR MAKING A SIMPLE QUILT

  1. Pre wash and iron all your fabrics.

  2. Lay your backing fabric wrong side up making sure to smooth out any wrinkles

  3. Place your batting on top of your backing fabric

  4. Lay your main fabric right side up on top of your batting making sure to smooth out any wrinkles

  5. Starting from the centre of your quilt, hand sew through all three layers using your contrasting thread. These stitches will hold the quilt together as you machine quilt the fabric. They’ll be taken out at the end so use long stitches and don’t worry about making them neat. 

  6. Using a quilting ruler and something to mark your fabric that will wash out, draw a line along the selvedge. Using this first straight edge as a guide, use your quilting ruler to draw a straight line at the top and bottom of the quilt and then finally the opposide side of the quilt. This rectangle marks the edge of your quilt and will neaten the edges when you cut along these lines after quilting.

  7. Starting in the bottom right corner and using your quilting ruler, mark an 8” line at a 45° angle between the two perpendicular lines. 

  8. Using this line as a guide continue to mark out your quilting lines 4” apart until you reach the top left corner of your quilt. 

  9. Now starting from the bottom left, mark your quilting lines every 4” until you reach the top right corner of your quilt. You should now have 4” squares neatly marked our all over your quilt.

  10. Attach your walking foot and set the stitch length at 2.5-3.

  11. Machine quilt over your markings starting with one of the lines that run through the centre of the quilt and work your way out.

  12.  Cut along the outside edges of your quilt that we marked in step 6.

  13. Join your 2.5” binding strips by putting them right sides together at a 90° angle. (It will look like an L shape) Sew together with a diagonal line using the 45°angle guide on your quilting ruler if you want to mark your stitch line. When you press your seam open you should have a straight length of binding. 

  14. Continue joining your binding strips until you have enough to go all the way around your quilt plus 10” of extra length.

  15. Press the length of your binding in half with wrong sides together.

  16. Line up the raw edge of your binding with the raw edge of your quilt top and start sewing with a ¼” seam about 6” from the end of your binding. Don’t start too close to the corners.

  17. When you get to the first corner stop sewing ¼” from the edge and back stitch.

  18. To create a mitred corner flip the binding straight up at a 90° angle and use your finger to press the diagonal crease line you should see at a 45° angle. Carefully fold the strip back down so the raw edge is lined up with the next side of your quilt. About ¼” from the edge you should feel the diagonal line under the binding strip you just lined up with the raw edge. You want your needle to be as close to this fold without sewing into it. Sew with a ¼” seam allowance and repeat for each corner.

  19. When you are about 10” from where you started sewing your binding you want to join your strips while you still have some slack. Use your finger to press in a crease where the strips will meet if you were to sew them down. Carefully line these crease lines, up right sides together, and stitch on the crease. Your binding should lay flat against the quilt now and you can trim the excess so there is just a ¼” seam. 

  20. Sew the binding to the quilt with a ¼” seam allowance.

  21. Press the binding up and away from the quilt, then fold the binding to the back side of the quilt and pin in place. 

  22. Use an invisible whip stitch to sew the binding in place on the back side of the quilt being careful not to let your stitches show on the front of the quilt - just catch the backing fabric and binding in your stitches.

  23. When you reach a corner fold it neatly and carry your invisible stitch up the corner and down the other side on the front of the quilt so you don’t have a little pocket on either side of the quilt. 

  24. Admire your beautiful quilt...you’ve finished!

Don’t forget to tag @alexcollinsdesigns and share your quilt project using #alexcollinsdesigns_quiltproject on Instagram so I can see your fabric choices, progress and finished quilt!

Quit with double fold binding that has been hand stitched in place
Simple baby quilt how to with diamond machine quilting.

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