"Could you make a quilt out of my children's baby clothes?"
A dear friend of mine reached out recently to create a quilt out of her two daughter's baby clothes. She wanted the clothes to be made into a baby-sized quilt that she would give to her girls once they were older and had their own families.
I started out cutting the fabric away from the seams so it would be flat to cut into blocks. Once that was complete, I figured out how many of each fabric I wanted in the quilt so that the colors would look great together. I also saved fun parts of the clothes to add to the quilt like bottom ruffles, special phrases, buttons, and other fun parts of the clothing.
Once I cut all those out, I ironed the stabilizer to the backing to give it strength while sewing since a lot of the fabrics are stretch knit.
Once I sewed it, I did a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch for added strength since stretchy fabrics can pull apart if not sewn properly. I could have also used my Serger to get the same results, but my serger is old and doesn't cooperate very well. I also made sure to use a stretch knit needle. Since that can cause breakage of the threads too.
As I finished up the top quilt, I decided on simple top quilting lines with a soft yellow thread. I used a white backing with yellow dots, which was also used for the binding as well. The inside is an organic cotton batting, which I love for its soft drape and squishy feel. I also created an embroidered tag that said their names, date of birth, and love Mom and Dad.
I truly love how they turned out! They are going to be such a sweet gift to the girls when they are older.
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