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Child's quilt made from old knit baby clothes

Child's quilt made from old knit baby clothes

When I was first asked to create a quilt for a 5 year old from her old baby clothes, I was a little apprehensive. From what I had read online using stretchy knit material from baby gros or t-shirts in a quilt can be very tricky. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to put together!

Dimensions:

7x10 7” blocks surrounded by a 2.5” border. Total size 50x70”,

Procedure:

I roughly hacked apart the baby clothes at the seams, then applied lightweight interfacing to the back of each piece of material before cutting them into blocks. This ensured that they don’t stretch out of shape. 7” was about the largest block size I could get across the majority of the baby clothes. However, some of the newborn onesies had very sweet design patches right next to the collar. These I had to border with material from plain white onesies to get them up to the required size.

Some of the blocks for the quilt

Some of the blocks for the quilt

That was the most time consuming part. Once I had all the blocks interfaced and squared, I arranged them into a random pattern and quickly sewed up the rows and columns. Then I added a white border. The back of the quilt features a cure Peter Rabbit fabric which I also bordered in white.

Back of the quilt

Back of the quilt

I used a bamboo batting, and quilted horizontal lines 1/4” away from each seam. I wanted to keep the quilting design simple due to the business of the clothing patterns. Finally, I used a pink satin ribbon to bind the quilt.

The result is quilt that feels lovely and soft, and is full of memories.

The finished quilt!

The finished quilt!

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