How to Make a Crib Quilt

    by Karen Ellis

    About the Author

    Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.


    Babies need lots of quilts. But, just because it's called a crib quilt, it doesn't mean that crib is the only place a new mom might use it. There should always be an extra baby quilt in the car and in each room for ready use. A quilt can be laid on a carpet to give baby some room to roll around and there should always be a quilt at grandma's house. If you've never made a crib quilt, but you have basic sewing skills, this is a good first quilting project.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1/2-yard white cotton fabric
    • 1/2-yard printed cotton fabric
    • 1-yard muslin fabric
    • Baby safe detergent
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Fabric pencil
    • 1-yard quilt batting
    • Safety pins
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Thread

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    Wash the fabrics with baby safe detergent and dry the fabrics before cutting to avoid shrinkage and stabilize the colors. Make a 3-inch square template of poster board using a ruler, pencil and scissors.

    Trace around the template on the wrong side of the fabrics with a fabric pencil, and cut out fabric squares with scissors to make 144 white squares and 144 printed squares.

    Sew squares together, alternating a white square and a print square with a 1/4-inch seam allowance on a sewing machine, to make a long strip of 12 squares. A second strip will start with a printed fabric, alternating with white squares. Continue sewing strips, alternating squares, until you have 24 strips.

    Sew all the strips together, beginning with one with the white square first and the second strip with a printed fabric first. Alternate, until you have sewn all the strips together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

    Press all vertical seams to the right and all horizontal seams downwards with an iron. Cut a backing fabric of muslin the same size as the quilt front, approximately 36 inches wide and 72 inches long, to make a 3-foot wide by 6-foot long crib quilt.

    Cut the batting and the muslin to the same size as the quilt top. Sandwich the crib quilt layers by placing the quilt back, right-side up, on your work area. Place the quilt batting on top and the quilt top on the batting, right-side down. Using safety pins, pin through all three pieces, at the center of the quilt and at a few other various locations throughout to keep the three layers in place. Using straight pins, pin around all the edges, through all three pieces.

    Sew a 1/2-inch seam around all sides of the crib quilt, except for a 6-inch opening on one side. Remove the safety pins and the straight pins, turn the quilt to the right side and hand sew the open edge shut with a needle and thread.

    Sew a 1-inch long decorative stitch around the outside of the quilt through all three layers with a needle and thread. Finish the crib quilt by hand stitching through all pieced square stitch lines with a needle and thread.

    • Cut the quilt squares with a rotary cutter, using a ruler and self-healing cutting mat, as an alternative to making a template.
    • Do not leave pins or scissors around small children.