Baby girl quilt patterns can be a fun and creative way to make a personalized gift for a new baby and a beautiful addition to nursery decor. Learn how to choose colors, fabrics, and sizes to make a cute quilt for a little girl.
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There’s nothing more special than creating something with your own hands to welcome a new baby into the world. And when it comes to making something heartfelt and personal, few things compare to making a quilt. In this article, I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for making a quilt for a newborn little girl.
What is a baby girl quilt?
This is pretty self-explanatory for a quilter like you, but a baby girl quilt is a smaller quilt blanket and is usually made as a welcome gift for a baby girl. It is typically used to keep the baby warm while sleeping or during naps, as well as for snuggling or playing on the floor. Baby quilts are also a great decorative accessory for a baby girl’s nursery, adding color, texture, and personality to the room.
What Size Is a Baby Girl Quilt?
Baby quilts are mostly used for cuddling little ones, playing on the floor, or as blankets on the go, so they don’t need to necessarily follow any fixed bed size. This is the reason why the sizes of baby quilts vary the most. So when you are deciding about the baby quilt size, think about the intent of use and your preferences about the design. Even though there is no right or wrong, you will find most of baby quilts in sizes of 30-45” by 30-45”.
If you would like to make a larger baby girl quilt, for example, to fit specifically into a crib, then you should look for a crib-size quilt. Crib size quilt is sometimes also called a large baby quilt and is usually about 36 x 52”. This is based on the standard size of a crib mattress, which is about 28 x 52”.
Get to know more about standard quilt sizes in our Quilt sizes guide. A free quilt size chart is included!
How to Choose Colors for a Baby Girl Quilt?
A baby girl quilt colorway typically includes ‘girly’ hues from violets to pinks and reds. You can use a variety of tints, colors, and shades, from soft pastels to bold and bright hues, to create a beautiful and girly quilt. Below are some popular color combinations for baby girl quilts:
- Pink and white: This classic color combination is a favorite for baby girl quilts. You can use different shades of pink, from pale blush to bright fuchsia, and pair it with white for a timeless and feminine look.
- Pastels: Soft pastel colors, such as pale pink, blue, green, and yellow, are also popular for baby girl quilts. These colors create a soothing and calming effect and are perfect for a baby’s room.
- Bright and bold: For a more vibrant and energetic look, you can use bright and bold colors, such as red, orange, and turquoise. These colors are great for a modern and playful baby girl quilt.
- Prints: Cute elements such as flowers, hearts, animals, or princess prints and patterns are a popular choice for baby girl quilts. You can use a variety of colors, from soft pastels to bold and bright hues, to create a playful quilt.
- Neutral: If you prefer a more understated look, you can use neutral colors, such as beige, gray, and white. You can add a pop of color with a few accents, such as a pink or blue binding or applique.
Below you will find some great baby girl fabric combinations. We found some really cute prints and paired them with solids for a more modern look. All fabrics are from the stunning pbs fabrics collections.
- Shape Friends – Shape Play Toss
Linen – Lemon – Coral
- Love Cats – Cat Faces
Coral – Red – Hot Pink
- Rustic Baby – Everyday Baby
Aruba – Coral – Linen
- Under The Sea – Magical Mermaids
Lemon – Willow – Coral
- Shape Friends – Large Shapes
Lemon – Carnation – Aruba
How to Choose Fabric for a Baby Girl Quilt?
To make a cozy and cute baby quilt it is important to consider softness, durability, and safety along with the fun designs. When choosing fabrics for a baby quilt you’ll want:
- Natural fabrics. Natural fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, and linen are soft and breathable, a perfect choice for a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Fabrics that are easy wash and to care for. Baby quilts will likely be washed frequently, so choose fabrics that are machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat.
Quilting cotton ticks all these boxes, so it’s a great choice if making a baby girl quilt. If possible, choose quality fabric to make sure the quilt will last a long time.
How to Choose a Quilt Pattern For a Baby Girl?
When choosing the right baby girl quilt pattern go with whatever brings you joy and makes you smile. Since baby quilts are typically smaller in size, the fabric selection and color scheme is what often the overall look and feel of the finished quilt.
Consider the overall aesthetic you want for your quilt. Would you like it to be vibrant and colorful, or do you prefer a monochrome color palette with geometric patterns? If you want to create a colorful design using various hues, opt for a pattern made with smaller blocks and pieces. On the other hand, if you want to highlight the beauty of specific prints, choose simple geometric patterns that feature larger surfaces (our Mirror Maze would be just perfect!).
To help you find the right pattern we’ve put together some of our favorites. Scroll through the baby girl quilt examples below and find what you love!
Free Baby Girl Quilt Patterns
Simple Heart Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew
What’s cuter than colorful hearts all over the quilt? Make this Simple Heart Quilt and share lots of love with the little baby girl and newbie’s parents. Choose a pink or red colorway, add some additional colors, or play with prints. The white background will balance all chosen colors and make the quilt look fresh and gentle. A great choice for all modern quilters.
Pink little birdies quilt by For The Love of George
Looking for inspiration on how to choose fabric for a baby quilt? The quilt fabric pick has everything it is suggested when choosing fabric for babies – colorful prints, bold shades, and contrasts. This is not a pattern per se, but you could easily recreate it by piecing together different-sized rectangles, like Lauren did.
Turnstile Block Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair
This playful pattern offers a variety of options. Make it in light and bright colors and get a gentle quilt. Use contrasting colors and emphasize the geometric pattern. Or use one color print for each turnstile and make a fun quilt the baby couldn’t stop observing.
Herringbone Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair
If you are looking for a modern baby quilt pattern, this is it! This monochrome geometric quilt top with high contrasts is a real eye-catcher that will keep your kiddo entertained for hours. And when she gets tired of black and white, there is a whole new story at the back. I love the pinkish choice with the funky elephant print for the quilt backing.
Gingham Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Company
This gingham pattern is another quick-to-make geometric pattern for a baby quilt. The bright vivid colors make it really cheerful, a celebratory gift, perfect to welcome a newborn baby girl.
Pinwheel Daydreams Baby Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She
This modern pattern is a playful land of infinite pinwheels. The bright and bold colors make it so lively and joyful making it the perfect nursery decoration!
One Hour Triangle Quilt by See Kate Sew
If you’re looking for a shortcut, Kate has a sneaky little baby quilt idea for you. She uses a print fabric with large triangles, that (after they’ve been quilted) appear as they’ve been pieced. So while this is not technically a quilt top pattern, it’s a great last-minute gift idea (but you will need to have the fabric on hand).
Baby Quilt Patterns for Girls
The Ombre Infinite Hearts Baby Quilt by Quilty Love
When a newborn comes it is all about love and celebration. And this is exactly what you’ll find in this cheerful Ombre infinite hearts by Quilty Love. She used tins of pink to make an ombre effect, but like always, there are no rules. Go with scraps, use your stash, or use any precuts, because the pattern is very precuts-friendly!
The Mirror Maze by Designed to Quilt
Speaking of celebrating, this mesmerizing pattern is the perfect choice if you are looking for a modern pattern with bigger surfaces where you can show off your cute prints. Make it in a limited-color colorway or multi-color version, use solids, scraps, or both – its simple yet bold design will be an eyecatcher for sure!
Triangle Fade by Lo & Behold Stitchery
This cheerful pattern plays with color gradients that remind me of confetti. It is a quick make pattern but you won’t be bored at all, piecing the triangles will keep you interested! The pattern includes some color suggestions but you can still go with your own favorite colors.
Sail Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane
Sail Quilt Pattern is a modern pattern, made of half-square triangle blocks in two sizes. The pattern includes a variety of colorway suggestions. Choose light red and pink if you want to get the girly outcome, or go with bold solids if you want to emphasize the geometry. This simple geometric pattern is the perfect choice for all minimalist lovers.
Enjoy the celebration! Whichever baby girl quilt pattern you choose, we’d love to see and hear all about it!