50+ Quilt Patterns For Babies (Free Patterns Included!)

Welcoming a new baby is a special moment, and a baby quilt adds a personal touch to the celebration, whether you’re creating it for yourself or as a heartfelt gift. Browse our best selection of quilt patterns for babies, both boys and girls, and read tips on how to choose colors, fabrics, and sizes to make a cute baby quilt.

Whether you’re a newbie making your first quilt or an experienced quilter, making a baby quilt is always a great choice. Since they’re smaller in size they come together quickly, allowing you to concentrate on selecting fabrics and quilt patterns for babies – and their parents – to enjoy.

We’ve compiled some fantastic quilt patterns along with tips on choosing the perfect color palette with the top 3 quilt patterns for babies that are perfect for beginners and will surely delight their new owners.

The Easiest Patterns For Baby Quilts For Beginners

When choosing the easiest quilt patterns for babies, there are some things to keep in mind. Here are some tips for choosing an easy baby quilt pattern.

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Tips for Choosing an Easy Baby Quilt Pattern

When you’re choosing the easiest pattern for beginners look for designs:

  1. with big pieces like squares or wide strips: they’re super beginner-friendly because you don’t have to worry about matching points. 

  2. that feature large blocks: whether it’s traditional quilt blocks or modern variations, large blocks minimize the required time for cutting and sewing. This makes them perfect for quick quilt patterns for babies.

  3. that use precuts: pre-cut fabrics, like fat quarters, layer cakes, or jelly rolls, will speed up the process significantly, which is perfect for beginners.

The 3 Easiest quilt Patterns for babies

OK, I can’t say these are the absolute easiest baby quilt patterns out there, but they check all the boxes we just discussed. And they look incredible, so they’re all great choices!

Quilt with Squares by Designed to Quilt

Quilt with Squares by Designed to Quilt
Quilt patterns for babies that use precuts are great for last-minute gifts! This simple baby quilt pattern is made from 5” squares (yes, it’s a charm pack friendly pattern!). Ula designed this pattern as a way to explore creating endless designs using same-sized squares. Browse through different quilt top options and learn about the chain piecing method; it will make the sewing of the quilt top even faster!

Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co
This pattern is a great example of piecing a quilt top with wide fabric strips. The simplicity of the quilt top provides a canvas for colors and prints. The tutorial also shows examples of how fabric choices can give the quilt a more girlish, boyish, or neutral look.

Green Gradient Baby Quilt Pattern by Alderwood Studio

Green Gradient Quilt by Alderwood Studio
Here’s another one of the quilt patterns for babies that are a breeze to make, allowing you to focus on your favorite colors and prints. Opt for a light background and experiment with creating a gradient in your chosen color—follow Amber, who did it in green, or try a rainbow color combo. You can also simply use up your fabric scraps.

Quilt Patterns For Babies by Designed to Quilt

Adorable Baby Girl Quilt Patterns Modern Quilters Will Love

If you’re looking for baby girl quilt patterns, browse out our selection below. These chosen patterns feature colorways with pink, red, and bright tones typically associated with baby girls. Of course, most of these can be used as quilt patterns for babies, no matter if it’s for a boy or a girl. Take inspiration from these, but don’t limit your creativity—use the colors you or your loved one adore! 

The Button Up Quilt Pattern by Coral + Co.
Isn’t this pattern as cute as a button? Just like the baby you’re making it for! The pattern uses traditional piecing and is a half-yard and fat quarter friendly pattern. You can choose from two versions – 4 colored and 9 colored. If you want to create this ombre effect Shelly has for her cover quilt, go with the 9 color option.

Take Flight Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

Take Flight Baby Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.
This flying geese quilt features the same sized flying geese block forming a simple modern pattern. The orientation of the block enhances the feeling of flying – as the names suggest. This girly colorway makes a nice, calm, gentle quilt, a great choice for a newborn. This is a fat quarter friendly pattern. It includes 9 fat quarters of prints with two light solids for the background. A great choice to master the flying geese block!

Maypole Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts

Maypole Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts
This simple stripy quilt with a central design really catches the eye, perfect for grabbing the attention of little ones. I adore this vibrant, spring-like color scheme – such a lovely choice for welcoming a baby girl. The pattern is simple to cut and sew, making it an excellent option if you’re new to making quilts or if you want to showcase your quilting skills. Geometric quilting designs always look great on a baby quilt!

Pink Patchwork Baby Quilt by Diary of a Quilter

Simple Checkerboard Pink Patchwork Quilt by Diary of a Quilter (Free Pattern)
This pattern for a baby girl quilt is a lovely, gentle example of a color combo, just perfect for welcoming a baby girl. The simple checkerboard design uses 5×5″ squares which makes it a charm pack friendly pattern. It’s a quick and easy project – just what we want in quilt patterns for babies. A safe and go-to choice for a beginner making a baby girl quilt!

Isosceles Addition Quilt by Meadow Mist Designs

Isosceles Addition Quilt by Meadow Mist Designs
This pattern stands out with its bold design. The selected colors really bring out the contrasts and elements of the quilt pattern. Opting for pink and white gives the quilt a more feminine touch. I also appreciate the addition of green; it adds warmth to the final quilt.

Patchwork Heart Baby Quilt by During Quiet Time

Patchwork Heart Baby Quilt by During Quiet Time (Free Pattern)
What could be more heartwarming than welcoming a baby with a cozy heart quilt? Quilt patterns for babies often feature a heart, and I really like the simplicity of this particular design. This quilt pattern is pieced from squares of the same size, forming a large heart at the center of the quilt top. The color selection aligns with the colors the parents-to-be plan to use in their nursery. Opting for shades of pink and grey creates a calm and gentle color palette for this heartwarming gift, perfect for a baby girl.

Wee One Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop

Wee One Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop (Free Pattern)
This baby quilt pattern is surprisingly simple, created using stripes of varying widths. What sets it apart is the choice of fabric. Adding minky fabric introduces a sensory element that babies are sure to love.

Simplicity Quilt Pattern by Alderwood Studio

Simplicity Quilt Pattern by Alderwood Studio
As the name suggests, this pattern is all about simplicity. Easy to piece together, it results in a minimalistic final look. While it serves as a fantastic example of bright and light colors for a baby girl quilt, take a look at other photos that Amber shares; you’ll discover some bold color combinations with the same minimalistic charm. It’s an excellent pattern for beginners or quilters in need of last-minute quilt patterns for babies.

Bonanza Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane

Bonanza Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane
This simple geometric quilt pattern is a perfect canvas for a vibrant rainbow color palette that we love in quilt patterns for babies. The blend of triangles, squares, and rectangles forms a playful composition, and the ample background space completes the modern look. It’s an eye-catching design that will surely capture the attention of a newborn.

Simple Heart Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

Simple Heart Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew (Free Pattern)
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

Pink little birdies quilt by For The Love of George
Looking for inspiration on how to choose fabric for a baby quilt? This quilt fabric pull has everything that is suggested when sewing up quilt patterns 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

Turnstile Block Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
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

Herringbone Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
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

Gingham Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Company
This gingham pattern is another one of the quick-to-make geometric quilt patterns for babies that we love. 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

Pinwheel Daydreams Baby Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She (Free Pattern)
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

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).

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. We’ve created many quilt patterns for babies, but this one is definitely among our favorites! Make it in a limited-color colorway or multi-color version, use solids, scraps, or both – its simple yet bold design will be an eye-catcher for sure!

Triangle Fade by Lo & Behold Stitchery

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 by Homemade Emily Jane
Sail Quilt is one of those quilt patterns for babies that is simple to make and give 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.

Geometric Baby Quilt Patterns For Boys

If you’re considering making a baby quilt for boys, we’ve gathered some great pattern ideas for you. These baby boy quilt patterns feature colors commonly associated with boys, like blues, greens, and greys, along with prints that often depict sports, cars, animals, or outer space. However, don’t let these typical choices restrict your creativity—feel free to go with the creative flow!

Simple Patchwork Color Blocked Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair

Simple Patchwork Color Blocked Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
This is one of the favorite quilt patterns for babies that is a real quick make. The checkered pattern gives you tons of options whether you’re using solids, prints, or scraps. Pair the dark squares with a light background to balance the colors and prints, as Melissa did in her quilt.

Broken Dishes Baby Quilt by Purl Soho

Broken Dishes Baby Quilt by Purl Soho (Free Pattern)
This pattern is a modern take on to the traditional broken dishes quilt pattern. And there’s something truly beautiful in using traditional elements in quilt patterns for babies. Colorful quarter square triangle blocks are arranged randomly all over the quilt top. Most of the blocks are made in neutral black and brown tints, making the few red and blue triangles really pop. 

The Flying Goslings by Designed to Quilt

The Flying Goslings by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)
Ula designed this eye-catching Flying Gosling pattern when her son was born. With this simple pattern, you will become the flying geese block master. 🙂 Pieced from just one quilt block it comes together really fast and is simple enough to be made in various colors and prints combinations. 

Arrows Aweigh by Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Arrows Aweigh by Fort Worth Fabric Studio (Free Pattern)
Here is another example of a simple one-block quilt with a high visual impact. The large-scale flying geese blocks are quick to make and form a really clean modern look. A win-win! I’d say as long as you stick to one colorway, you can combine as many prints as you wish. The white background will do its magic and balance the prints out keeping the look of the quilt top fresh and clean.

Snuggle Bunny: Free Bunny Quilt Pattern by Kate Webber (Free Pattern)
When you see this cute bunny quilt pattern, you immediately fall in love, right? Imagine how cute it would be with a newborn baby cuddling in it. The project might seem complicated but the quilt is essentially just a simple rectangle with ears. 🙂 The quilt top is mostly pieced by the same elements forming a row, the ears are FPP pieced and the bunny face is made with the applique technique. Follow the step-by-step tutorial on how to make this cute bunny quilt, a truly unique example of quilt patterns for babies.

Easy Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair

Easy Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
If you are looking for simple quilt patterns for babies where you can use just fabrics with prints, this one is for you. This striped quilt is made of stripes of different widths and uses six prints. And there is no need to buy new fabric – you can make the whole quilt completely from scraps.

Woven Baby Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting

Woven Baby Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting
The large woven pattern is a perfect choice if you want to play with more than one or two colors. Choose a color for each ’thread’ and make this fun pattern playing with lines disappearing under each other. 

Custom Baby Quilt by Cotton and Joy

Custom Baby Quilt by Cotton and Joy
How cute is this fresh and gentle baby quilt? The colorway with bright blue and green tints gives it a special tender feel, perfect for a newborn. This pattern is inspired by the Inside Out Star Quilt by Then Came June. Making it as a four-star block turns it into a perfect little baby quilt.

Deep Diving Quilt by Designed to Quilt

Deep Diving Quilt by Designed to Quilt
This pattern is super special for us because it is the very first DTQ pattern. With its large shapes and geometric lines it’s the perfect choice for all minimalists. It’s very quick to make making it a great choice for a last-minute gift. Its eye-catching design will keep the little one amused while cuddling or playing. We hope you put it on your list of quilt patterns for babies to make!

Free 3 Yard Baby Quilt Pattern: Starship by Sew Can She

Free 3 Yard Baby Quilt Pattern: Starship by Sew Can She
This adorable universe-themed quilt is an ideal option to greet a baby boy! With its playful pattern showcasing spaceships and fireballs, it can captivate the interest of a young boy, even as he outgrows his baby years. Plus, it’s a breeze to create – pieced from 2 simple blocks with a border! If you want to add a personal touch, check our ideas for modern border designs.

Underlined by Designed to Quilt

Underlined Quilt Pattern by Designed to Quilt (Free Pattern)
This DTQ pattern is a favorite among our readers. It’s jelly roll-friendly, meaning it comes together quickly, and the stripes create a bold visual impact. Whether you choose a two-color scheme or add more colors like the example above, the final result will radiate a strong geometric vibe! If you’re aiming for a more girlish touch, pick a colorway with pinks, reds, or violets, and you will instantly get a modern quilt for a baby girl. And the best part? It’s free for all newsletter subscribers! You can get it by subscribing to our newsletter here.

Squared Up Quilt Pattern by Cotton and Joy

Squared Up Quilt Pattern by Cotton and Joy
Here’s another easy geometric quilt pattern that gives a modern look and plenty of color options. This example uses greens, blue, and grey, leaning a bit more towards quilts for baby boys. But check out Fran’s other color ideas for some great suggestions to make it more suitable for a baby girl or a neutral theme. That’s what we love the most in quilt patterns for babies – that color choices can really change the feel of the quilt!

Cirrus Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane

Cirrus Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane
This modern quilt is simple and versatile, allowing you to add your personal touch. In addition to different sizes, you can create a gingham or scrappy quilt. The distinctive colorway in blues and greens brings a fresh vibe to this baby boy quilt. It’s a timeless piece that a baby boy can cherish for years!

Dusty Peaks Quilt Pattern by Rachels Block Party

Dusty Peaks Quilt Pattern by Rachels Block Party
This is an excellent option if you know the parents are into mountaineering. It’s like placing the mountains right in the cradle – quite literally! While this minimalist quilt works for both baby boys and girls, the blueish color choice leans towards a more boyish feel. The expansive mountain surfaces provide a fantastic canvas for adding layers of quilting designs. And quilt patterns for babies are perfect to practice some walking foot quilting!

Building Blocks by Rachel Rossi Design

Building Blocks by Rachel Rossi Design
This quilt pattern features an excavator, so people will mostly pick it for baby boys, especially when they use blues and greys. It really gives off that baby boy quilt feel and the little one is likely to love it more every year.

More Cute Baby Quilt Patterns For Girls And Boys

If you’re searching for gender-neutral quilt patterns for babies, we’ve collected even more examples for you to choose from. Many patterns work wonderfully for a baby quilt, especially when you use baby colors and prints. Take a look at the following baby quilt pattern ideas to get a boost of quilting inspiration!

Modern Chevron Quilt Pattern by Bonjour Quilts

Modern Chevron Quilt Pattern by Bonjour Quilts
This pattern reminds me of a playful maze. Pieced from squares and half-square triangles it’s an easy and beginner-friendly pattern. The geometric pattern gives the quilt a recognizable look, so you can be relaxed with fabric choices. As far as you keep the contrasts, you can even use up your scraps! Read our tips for arranging colors in  scrappy quilts.

Child’s Play Free Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Child’s Play Free Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She (Free Pattern)
Make this fun quilt pattern using half-square triangles (HSTs)! As long as you maintain enough contrast between the background and the foreground squares, you have complete freedom in selecting fabrics. Whether you opt for a two-color scheme to highlight the geometric pattern, mix and match colors for each square, or fully embrace the beauty of your fabric scraps as Caroline did, the choice is yours.

Giant Bear Paw Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair

Giant Bear Paw Free Baby Quilt Pattern by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
This scaled bear paw block has all the features we love in quilt patterns for babies here at DTQ. The large surfaces offer numerous opportunities to pick various prints, making the quilt even more engaging for a little one. The pattern is pre-cut friendly, allowing you to use your favorite fabric bundle, save on cutting, and speed up the project. And the best part? The scaled pattern creates a bold visual impact with its recognizable geometric shapes, guaranteeing a super modern outcome. If you like bear paw quilt block, you should check out our modern bear claw variations.

Snuggly Bricks Quilt by Polkadot Chair

Snuggly Bricks Quilt by Polkadot Chair (Free Pattern)
This pattern is perfect for a quick project! It’s specifically designed with precuts in mind. As Caroline mentioned, she’s a big fan of fat quarters. Buying the whole bundle allows you to use many fabrics while saving time on cutting. It’s an excellent option for beginners and for quilters seeking fast and easy quilt patterns for babies. Caroline used minky fabric for the background, a fantastic choice to add a sensory element to the quilt that babies just love!

Modern Nautical Baby Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.

Modern Nautical Baby Quilt Pattern by Simple Simon & Co.
This simple pattern features 4 blocks on a contrasting background. The pattern was designed as a result of the tutorial for 4 different blocks, so you can check a video tutorial for each one of them. It’s almost like having 4 quilt patterns for babies in one! This color scheme brings out a nautical vibe, but the geometric design looks good in lighter colors too. The pattern is simple, with a big background that’s great for showing off your quilting designs. We’ve gathered some fantastic straight-line quilting ideas for you.

Modern Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

Modern Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.
Here’s another cool baby quilt pattern by Simple Simon & Co. They put a modern twist on the traditional log cabin block, creating a quilt with a stylish central design. They even took it a step further by making the quilt from scraps, showing how you can arrange scraps to make them look good! In the sample quilt, each quarter of the block is in a different colorway. This is where you can get creative and choose your favorite colors. If you need inspiration, check out our tips on picking colors and color schemes for modern quilts.

Azure Skies Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

Azure Skies Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.
Using jelly rolls makes this playful pattern come together quickly. The fun part comes with diagonally sewing together stripes. They can look like skyscrapers or form a playful maze – it’s all up to your imagination. You have lots of color options with this stripey pattern. Pick blues, greens, and greys for a more boyish feel, opt for pinks and reds for girls, or mix colors to highlight the playful pattern. It’s a perfect choice if you don’t know the gender of the new little one!

Azure Skies Baby Quilt by Simple Simon & Co.

Infinite Hearts Quilt Pattern by Quilty Love
Welcoming a newborn is a celebration of love! Express that love through your choice of pattern design. Add blues and yellows for a more baby boy quilt vibe, or opt for pinks to create a sweet quilt for a baby girl. Your handmade quilt will truly be a labor of love!

Sidewalk Chalk Quilt by Then Came June

Sidewalk Chalk Quilt by Then Came June
At first glance, this pattern might seem like improv, but it’s actually made entirely from rectangles. The varied widths of the rectangles add a dynamic and playful touch to the design. You can pick any color scheme, and the geometric pattern will give it a modern look.  Such a great modern take on quilt patterns for babies!

Plus Quilt Pattern by For The Love Of George

Plus Quilt Pattern by For The Love Of George (Free Pattern)
This smart arrangement of rectangles and squares creates a cool design of interlocking plus symbols. The bold geometric shapes make a distinctive pattern, allowing you to effortlessly mix and match prints and solids. In the post, you’ll find some awesome color schemes that can inspire you if you want to give the quilt a more boyish or girlish look.

Fox & Friends Baby Quilt Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts

Fox & Friends Baby Quilt Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts
This adorable animal quilt is sure to captivate any child. The contrasting colors make it interesting for newborns, and the cute shapes featuring foxes and raccoons will also be great for later on. It’s easy to put together, and you can play around with different color combinations, just make sure to keep the contrasts with the blocks that form the animals. It’s a lot of fun to sew!

Candy Stripes by Meadow Mist Designs

Candy Stripes by Meadow Mist Designs
This vibrant, playful, and colorful quilt pattern is a great pick for a little one. The striped candies offer plenty of chances to display your favorite prints and colors.

Paradigm Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane

Paradigm Quilt Pattern by Homemade Emily Jane
This is one of the simple and minimalistic quilt patterns for babies that parents will love too! The interplay of colors will catch the baby’s eye, while the central composition of the pattern becomes an eye-catching masterpiece for parents. It’s easy to make and has a striking visual impact! Emily provides some fantastic color combo suggestions if you’re making the quilt pattern for a baby boy or if you want to use more girlish hues.

Tips for Making Your First Baby Quilt

If you’re planning to make your first baby quilt, check out our expert tips on the entire process. Learn about picking the perfect quilt patterns for babies, colors and fabrics, gathering essential quilting supplies, and follow a step-by-step tutorial to breeze through your baby quilt project.

How To Make A Quilt For Babies?

Making a baby quilt is no different than making a regular quilt. Its smaller size makes cutting, piecing, and sewing quicker and easier to handle. The process for creating a baby quilt follows the same steps as other types of quilts:

  1. Choose the pattern
    When selecting quilt patterns for babies, consider the overall aesthetic you want. If you aim to showcase specific prints, choose simple geometric patterns with larger surfaces. For a colorful design with various hues, opt for patterns made with smaller blocks and pieces.

  2. Choose fabrics
    As baby quilts are typically smaller, fabric selection and color scheme often define the overall look of the finished quilt. Check the baby quilt pattern ideas below or read tips on color selection. Verify fabric requirements and prepare the necessary yardage.

  1. Cut fabrics
    Follow the cutting instructions in the chosen tutorial or quilt pattern. Use basic quilting supplies like a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and quilting rulers to get started.

  2. Piece the quilt top
    Follow the piecing instructions and sew accordingly. Don’t forget about the consistency of the seam allowance to make sure to get the expected outcome. Scant ¼” seam allowance is the magic key!

  1. Baste it
    Prepare all three layers for assembling the quilt – quilt top with batting and backing – and make a quilt sandwich.

  1. Quilt it
    Choose the quilting pattern and start quilting. If you’re new to quilting, read this tutorial on how to quilt with your sewing machine. For quilting patterns inspiration, check out these straight-line quilting designs.

  1. Bind it
    The final step – square up your quilt and bind it! For beginners, I recommend checking out this binding tutorial, it is really beginner-friendly and produces nice, clean finish.

Supplies you need to make for a baby quilt

To make a baby quilt, you will need the same tools as when making any other type of quilt. The basic quilting kit undoubtedly includes cutting tools (cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers) along with marking and basting tools. Of course, you will need a sewing machine with a walking foot for quilting. Check our list of basic quilting supplies a beginner needs to have.

What Size Is A Baby Quilt?

When it comes to baby quilt sizes there is no right or wrong. Baby quilts come in a variety of sizes (and even shapes) and you can choose whichever works best for the specific needs of the little one or the design of the quilt top.

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. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, a common range for baby quilt sizes is approximately 30-45 inches by 30-45 inches. 

If you’re making a quilt for a newborn, you might want to stay on the smaller side. If the baby is older and you want the quilt to grow with them, go with something larger, 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”. 

For more details on the dimensions of a baby quilt, check out our Baby Quilt Size Guide. If you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get a free printable Baby Quilt Size Chart, so you can have it on hand as a reference when planning your next baby project.

How To Choose Fabric And Batting For A Baby 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 the quilt top, batting or backing 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 quilt. If possible, choose quality fabric to make sure the quilt will last a long time.

Mirror Maze Quilts In Pinks  And Blues

How To Choose Colors For A Baby Quilt Pattern?

When it comes to choosing colors for a baby quilt, the possibilities are endless. From soft pastels to vibrant hues, the color palette can set the tone for the quilt’s overall feel. 

For a baby quilt color scheme, feel free to play around with different tints, colors, and shades, ranging from soft pastels to vibrant and bold hues. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns and textures as well. Mixing different colors and fabrics can add interest and depth to your quilt.

Think also about the baby’s nursery decor or the colors that the parents have chosen for the baby’s room. You may want to choose colors that complement or match the existing decor.

Here are some tips you might want to consider when choosing colors to sew up quilt patterns for babies:

Classic color combos: The go-to colors for classic baby quilts are often pink or blue, which are commonly associated with specific genders. If you’re going for a classic look for a baby girl quilt, consider various shades of pink, from soft blush to vibrant fuchsia, and pair them with white for a timeless and feminine appearance. For baby boy quilts, blue is a reliable and popular choice. However, feel free to get creative and mix it up with other colors too. Greens, grays, and yellows all make excellent choices.

Pastels: Soft pastel colors, such as pale pink, blue, green, and yellow, are also popular for baby 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. On the other hand, baby quilts for boys often feature themes associated with boys, like sports, cars, animals, or outer space. 

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.

To give you a starting point, we’ve gathered some ideas for fabric pulls with a combination of prints and solids. We like to start off with a print as the base and then pair it with different solids (usually colors that you find in the print) for a balanced finished look.

All fabrics are from cute pbs fabrics collections.

Fabric Combo Ideas For A Baby Boy Quilt:

  • Jungle Love – On The Move
    Danube – Jolly – Lemon
  • Working Wheels – Race Car
    China Blue – Jolly – Clementine

Fabric Ideas For Baby Girl Quilts:

  • Love Cats – Cat Faces
    Coral – Red – Hot Pink
  • Rustic Baby – Everyday Baby
    Aruba – Coral – Linen

I hope our list of quilt patterns for babies has inspired you, and you’ve already picked your next quilting project. Which one sparked your creativity? Are you making it for a baby boy or a newborn girl? We would love to hear which one is your favorite baby quilt pattern!

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