Baby Quilt Ideas

Want a durable baby qift that is easy to make, then this is just what you have been looking for.

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There are two ways to make crayon colored blocks, either by printing out the pictures on fabric run through your printer then coloring them or tracing pictures to fabric over tracing paper or on a light source then coloring them. If you haven't tried printing on fabric, now is the time to try it, a very simple process and anyone can do it.

Here is a great site to get free pictures to download.

  1. After choosing your pictures on the computer or scanning some in from coloring books, get your fabric/paper ready. I much prefer the computer method as it is so easy and quick.
  2. What you will need to do is end up with a piece of muslin bonded with freezer paper the exact size of the copy paper 8.5x11 inches. For me, the easiest way to do this is to lay my muslin over my ironing board then lay the wax side of a large piece of freezer paper down on top matching the edges as close as you can.
  3. I try to tear the paper large enough for the whole project. Then using a hot iron, press the two melting the wax and bonding the two together.
  4. If you get bumps, just lift the paper and press again. Then take your bonded muslin and paper to a flat surface with the wax paper on top.
  5. Lay a piece of 8.5x11 inch copy paper on top. Using a ruler, either draw around the copy paper and cut out through the bonded fabric and freezer paper or use your self healing mat, ruler and cutting wheel and cut out 9 blocks. Make sure you don't have any lose strings as they will catch in the printer.
  6. Using your inkjet printer, put the fabric side down one sheet at a time. Choose your picture and tell it to print, it is that simple. Don't be discouraged if one has stray ink smudges on it, mine do that once in a while, set that one aside and print another.
  7. Keep your two layers bonded until after they are colored as it makes the coloring much smoother and easier to color.
  8. Once you have them all colored, peel the wax paper off and place it on top of the colored picture wax side down. Melt the wax paper into the picture while melting the colors into the fabric.
  9. Now you are ready to cut your pictures to the size of block you need. Finish your quilt as you want, but I just put a colorful sashing around the blocks and a border around the outside. For nine 8.5x8.5 inch blocks, you will need four 2 inch by 42 inch strips for the sashing and four 4 inch by 42 inch strips for the outside borders.
  10. Assemble your quilt top and finish as you like. I generally tie baby quilts as they are washed so much and don't always get the best of care.

If you would like help with the assembly process, feel free to contact me. I have taught quilting for many years and would be glad to help. I also have many quilt books and patterns that I would be glad to share.

By Ann from Loup City, NE

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August 5, 2005

This is my first and hopefully not last attempt at making a keepsake comforter for a new granddaughter. It was made with 8" squares of pale pink, purple, and yellow cotton with an off white backing and edge.

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I am in desperate need of a baby quilt kit or design featuring Thomas the tank engine (or any train really). If anyone has something like that with instructions or knows of a source for it I would really be grateful. Thanks,



By Debra in Colorado (Guest Post)
October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Maureen Darling,
Head to your local Walmart. They have Thomas there in Polar Fleece and in regular fabric. If you choose the polar fleece then all you have to do is a blanket stitch (directions can be found on the internet) around the edge with floss or you can crochet an edge with yarn or easiest is to fringe the fabric with a pair of sisscors for a finished edge. Polar fleece does not ravel so you really don't have to do anything.
To make a cute quick quilt, buy about a 1 yard of fabric cut in half.

Right sides facing, sew around sides leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. Cut batting to size and lay on fabric THAT HAS NOT BEEN TURNED grab the corners and turn holding on to batting. Now lay the whole thing flat. Take a pen and put evenly spaced dots on the fabric. At each one of these dots you are going to take a couple of stitches and the tie a knot. This is called a handed knotted quilt. When done turn in the edges of the open end and whip stitch closed. I hope this helps.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Using a picture of Thomas, or a coloring book picture of a train, the simpler the better, create an applique using whatever fabrics or colors you desire. You could enlarge this with a copier and make 1 big train applique or make blocks with smaller trains. If you do a big train it might be fun to stuff the individual parts by slitting the back and stuffing lightly, close up the slit by hand before you add the quilt back!

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Keepsake Quilting also had a kit for Thomas the train a few issues ago.1-800-865-9458. The fleece one froim Walmart sounds cuddly and easy.

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By mary (Guest Post)
October 10, 20040 found this helpful

What you do is go to your web browser and type in Free Coloring Pages of Thomas the Tank, then hit search. When you go through the pages in the Coloring book you print them off and enlarge them so that you can use for applique or you ask the place you enlarge them to put them on graph paper for paper piecing

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By ardis barnes (Guest Post)
May 26, 20050 found this helpful

COLOR BOOKS are great for pictures. Or draw the picture yourself. To make it even easier, once you have a picture of a train, cut it out with a second layer of muslin or a piece of old sheet. with right sides together, sew around leaving an opening. Turn it right side out. So now you don't have to worry about seams that are hard to turn. just sew it on by hand or do a zig-zag stitch around the edge.

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By (Guest Post)
December 5, 20050 found this helpful

If you are still looking for Thomas the train Fabric, I got some at Wal Mart today.

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By Christy (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

I can't find Thomas Fleece anywhere. They don't have it at out local fabric store or Wal-Mart. have checked everywhere. Does anyone know where I can find it? Thanks.

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By Mary Prestipino (Guest Post)
May 11, 20060 found this helpful

There's a company called Ticche and Bea that makes a product called the Baby Clothes Quilt Kit. You could use it to create the quilt-- they give you materials, supplies & directions. I just found some Thomas the Train fabric at JoAnn's. Hope this helps!

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By Jane Batten (Guest Post)
September 10, 20070 found this helpful

The Thomas the Train fabric I'm looking for has squares of Thomas trains. One with #1 Thomas, another with #2 Gordon. Where can I find it?

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By J (Guest Post)
August 21, 20080 found this helpful

WalMart has both the Thomas fabric and the blocked panels that can be used to make the of a quilt or pillow.

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How do I make a rag baby quilt and is there a pattern? What size blocks are used?

Grami Fran from Utica, NY


July 30, 20070 found this helpful

There is a very easy baby rag quilt. I used 4" o 5" squares of cottons. Multiple colors are good for a good raggy look. Take 2 sqs back to back and stitch to 2 more sqs back to back using a 1/2" seam. Make a row of these as long as you want the quilt. Make more rows to make the width you want. Stitch the rows together with the 1/2" seams. This makes all the seams allowances on one side. NOW- use strong scissors and clip all those seam allowances. You will want to cut some bulk out of the intersections and space the clips about 3/8" to 1/2". Wash the quilt and dry it. Watch when drying because you will need to clean the lint trap a few times. Every time the quilt is washed, the seam allowances will become fuzzier. I made several for my grand nieces and nephews. They love them.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

yes there are patterns.
But they are really simple to make.
Pick your fabrics for the front & back.
Cut it all into SQ. (What ever size you want)
if the quilt is to be used in a could area use batting in between the fabric sqs . Cut the batting 1/2" smaller then you cut the fabric.
I live in the south and use flannel on at least one side so I leave out the batting on most quilts.
After everything is cut you can start sewing. take 1 back & 1 front SQ. (batting if your using it place in the middle) with wrong sides together sew an X do this to all SQ.
Then you can start sewing your rows.
Start with 2 sewn SQ Place Back to Back sew a 1" seam ad the next Sq in the row .continue till that row is finished Do the same with all rows then sew all rows together the same was Back to Back 1" seam.
Then sew around the out side edge of the quilt 1"
Now the Fun starts Clip all the seams & the outside edge about 1/2" clips (don't clip into the seams)
After it is all clipped wash & dry it a few times.
I hope this is clear

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you, suem1009 and denimangle, for your feedback. I just made four squares for a test run to see which combination of fabrics works best.
I used flannel as my batting, the same size as the block. I used flannel as one good side block, and homespun, which rags well, as the other side. Then I used a block with all three parts of the block in flannel. I am not sure I like any of the looks. I have a pair of those special spring loaded clips for rag quilts, that's great. The problem on my test squares, I made 4, 2 on top and sewed 2 under them. You know what I mean. Just a 4 block quilt, like the size of a pillow. I used 1" seams to get a fluffer look. I seem to get messed up on the outside corners, not sure which direction to clip. I clip then it looks like a have a chunk of material that is about to fall off. Then when I clip the cross seams, the middle where all the seams intersect is way to bulky. I also didn't get as much ragging as I expected. I have made myself a large bed rag quilt a few years ago and that was less trouble. But this is for my brand new GREAT grandbaby and it has to be perfect. Could use more help or perhaps websites that are clear with their directions and pictures up close.
thanks, much
grami Fran

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By Marie (Guest Post)
August 3, 20070 found this helpful

You can make your patches as big or as small as you want -- I recommend a 7 inch square for a baby quilt. Here's some easy tips -- go to a glass shop & ask them to cut plexiglass squares for a template. Then just use a rotary cutter to cut the squares. You can cut several layers of fabric at a time. I got 3 plexiglass squares of varying sizes for $5.00!

instead of cutting batting & having it shift during sewing, just use several layers of flannel cut the same dimensions as your patches & sandwich them between the patches instead of batting.

With no backstitching, sew an "x" through each patch. Then, sew your patches into rows with a 1 inch seam allowance & backstitch. Then lay your rows out & sew them together into the quilt with a 1 inch seam allowance -- backstitch your rows Then, make cuts in your seam allowances, through ALL the layers of fabric (including the flannel -- DON'T slice through your stitching!) to create the "raggy" appearance. The flannel used instead of stuffing will add to the raggy effect, making it look fluffier.

Before using your rag quilt, wash it to fluff out the fringes & add to the raggy appearance. For the first 2 or 3 times it is washed, watch your dryer's lint trap -- it WILL need to be emptied out in the middle of the cycle, because of the threads coming off the rags. Rag quilts are a bit time consuming & a LOT of cutting, but the sewing technique is EASY!!!! It is a great project for beginners & teenagers!

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By Ann (Guest Post)
April 2, 20080 found this helpful

I am wondering if the ragged edges might be a choking hazard if baby tends to chew or play with the edges.
Also, I have made four quilts using different brands and qualities of flannel. Every one of them "ragged" differently. The lesser qualties tended to fray more and look the prettiest but not sure if they would last as long.

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you all for the help you gave me. I finished my quilt for my great granddaughter.She was born in Feb. and weighed in at 10Lbs. close to 11. The quilt was a big hit and I am told it is her favorite quilt. Most of the time, mom and baby are covered with the quilt as they nap. Didn't have any problem with little threads coming out after I had washed it twice. I used Downey fabric softner which made it smell nice and made it nice and soft. I didn't know if it was a boy or girl when I started the quilt, so I used either baby themed fabric. When I knew it was a girl, I made a 4 sq. pillow cover in pink themed blocks. Such a good feeling that it is being used with love, plus it is so soft and cozy for cuddle time. Thanks again.

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December 4, 2008

Does anyone have a fast, easy quilt idea for a new baby?

Nicole from Canada

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I am going to be a grandma, and I am looking for an easy patchwork quilt for a baby.

By Marie

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May 20, 2008

I am looking for a baby quilt pattern. It was of two lady mice and a mushroom house.
I believe it was in an old copy of McCall's needlework and Crafts. Does anyone have it or know where it can be found on internet? Thanks.

Karen from Red Oak, OK

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