Baby clothes, if you have had a child before then you know how clothes just seem to magically add up. However, they don’t wear them for very long, but you still have your favorite outfits! Photo shoots, birthdays, hitting milestones, you have those outfits that you remember everything that happens in them. What happens with the child out grows them? Well if you don’t give them away, you might save them for if you have another child, or save them to give to your child for when they have children of their own. Well I saved several pieces from newborn to 24 months and I didn’t want to keep them in a box anymore. I had some pieces I had to keep ( like his frog suit) in one piece, I just could not cut up. Some of his others I was painful to cut up but I did it. I MADE A QUILT OUT OF HIS BABY CLOTHES! This was my 1st real quilt.
My husband has a quilt that his mamaw made for him when he was little. Well that quilt is sitting right next to me. We use this thing constantly. I wanted Jackson to have something that he could take with him and have for always. Now my husbands quilt is probably a queen size, I wanted Jackson’s to be large just not that large. I was hoping for a twin size. It turned out to be in between a twin and a toddler size. Which is ok because Jack and I can both curl up with it on the couch.
- At least 50 articles of clothing ( remember the smaller the size of clothes the smaller the quilt it will be)
- Fabric for your backing
- Fabric for your border
- Embroidery Thread or Yarn
- Heavy Duty Starch or Interfacing
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Cardboard or plastic forms (I did 2 plastic forms, 5×5 and 6×2)
I am not putting how much fabric you need for your front and back because it really all depends on the size of your quilt. This is what I went with for colors though.
Make sure all of your clothes are washed before you start.
Take a mental picture of your clothes and what size forms you have to cut them with. My newborn clothes I had use the 6×2 form on most of them just because they were so small. It is easier when you cut just to lay the clothing on the mat and cut 2 pieces instead of one, just incase you need a few scraps for a fill in.
Stat laying out all of your scraps. You can kind of get an estimate on how big the quilt will be or if you need more clothes.
I had some clothes that had badges or little feet on them that I cut off and would sew on top to get it some dimension.
Now that you have everything where you want them, you need add your starch and iron your fabric. Then go back to your rotary cutter and make sure there aren’t any odd edges and everything matches up.
Start sewing one row at a time. 1/4 inseam at best. Do all your rows just like this. Then once each row is sewing you can start sewing the rows together.
I needed to work with a border on mine just to get it additional size.
Cut your back fabric to fit to size.
Lay your interfacing between your clothes and backing and pin so that it doesn’t move while sewing on your border.
Slip on your border. I started by sewing the sides and then the top and bottom.
Start using your thread or yarn and tying your batting to your top and bottom fabric. I did ties every 5 inches across and every 2 inches down in a staggering pattern.
You are done.
I love how this quilt turned out. Jackson even cuddled up with it the 1st time. He knows it is his quilt. It is very japanese, but since that is where we lived the 1st year of his life I love it!