Planning a Baby Clothes Quilt
We recently finished these two baby clothes quilts for a brother and sister. The kids are in their mid twenties today and their mom had the quilts made for Christmas gifts for each child. It’s not often that we make a boy and girl quilts at the same time. I thought it would be fun to compare the two quilts and look at what items we used to make them special.
You can see right off that the boy’s quilt is much more blue than his sister’s quilt. His sister’s quilt is very pink.
Items Used in the Boy’s Quilt
- Baby slipper
- Overall’s with shirt underneath
- Baby blankets
Items Used in the Girl’s Quilt
- Ruffle-butt tights
- Baby shoe
- Stuffed doll
- Whole and parts of dresses
- Stuffed rabbit blankie
Planning a Baby Clothes Quilt
- First decide who the quilt is being made for.
Deciding what to put into the quilt is different if the quilt is being made for the mother or the child.
For the Mother
If you are the mother or if you are making a quilt for the mother you can combine the clothing of multiple children into one quilt. You also will want to try to choose items from each child evenly so the quilt reflects each child’s babyhood.
For the Child
You want to carefully sort the clothing out among the children. Make sure you have the right items in each quilt. Fortunately, the children will not remember each item and if a mistake is made, it’s not the end of the world as it might be for a quilt made with their T-shirts.
We suggest getting a basket or box for each child while you are sorting out the clothing. If more than one child wore an item, put those items into a separate bag. Label the bag “For Use in Multiple Quilts”. Then write a note on each item as to whose quilt it needs to go in. So for example, if you have a shirt that needs to go into both Ann and Mary’s quilt, write on the note “Ann and Mary”. This will tell us to cut two blocks from the shirt and put one in each girl’s quilt.
- Next, select the items to use. We can use just about anything that is soft and washable. Here are some items you might not think of using.
Baby shoes – look for ones with soft soles. The rubber-soled shoes are not useable.
Stuffed toys – we can remove the stuffing and flatten it out.
Blankets and bedding – this can include blankets, sheets and crib bumpers.
Socks, booties and hats – each of these are great items to put into a quilt.
Special bibs – you can use bibs in the quilt. Look for the special ones and the ones that are less stained (unless the stains are important).
Some items can be used whole like dresses and some we can use just a piece from. If there are particular items you would like to use the whole, please label those items.
- How many items do you send?
I don’t know. First pull out the items that must be in the quilt. Then, in a second pile place your second string items. Send us both groups and tell us to cut the first group, check the size and then cut from the second bag until we reach the size you want made.
If you only want a small piece from each item, you will need a lot. But if you have a number of larger items that you want whole, you will need less. The two quilts you see here are 52 x 68. Each has +/- 50 items. If you send too much and the quilt is way larger than you want, we can cut many of the print blocks smaller. A king size baby clothes quilt might take 150 to 200 items.
But as I said, I don’t know for sure how many items you will need. It will depend on how we use the items and how much fabric the items can yield.
- Have the quilt made.
Here is a link to the steps you need to take to have your quilt made.
To learn more about having a quilt made from baby clothes, please download our free baby clothes quilt guide.