Baby clothes are so cute, tiny and precious. They bring us a lot of memories. Often I go to the closet, take out a box of baby clothes and look at those unbelievably small hats, shorts, onesies, bibs… I was wondering – what can I do better with those clothes then just keep them in storage? One time browsing on Pinterest, I found a wonderful idea of making a Baby Clothes Memory Quilt! I thought that it is a fantastic idea to keepsake your baby’s cute outfits, so I started looking for more design ideas. Most of all I liked a design where you are using whole pieces of baby clothes as you can see what they are and how tiny they are too.
I was thinking about this project for a couple of months – playing in my mind how I would like my quilt to look, trying to decide which clothes to use and choosing fabrics that the baby clothes pieces would be appliqués onto. Finally I was ready to start.
For this project you will need:
- Baby clothes
- Fabrics for quilt squares
- Fabric for backing
- Fabric for binding
- Batting material (I was using The Warm Company Soft&Bright Polyester Batting from JOANN Store)
- Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing
- Sewing needle
- Iron Cleaner (to clean off the sticky marks on your iron from fusible interfacing)
- Curved Basting Pins
- Cute Appliqués, buttons and other fun stuff to embellish your quilt.
- First I had to prepare the clothing –cut out part of the back layer as shown on the pictures leaving about ½” trim to tuck in. This will prevent from having raw edges when you do appliqués. Then I ironed interfacing onto each piece.
2. I arranged clothes as I was imagining in my mind. But later my original arrangement was completely changed. Also I had to decide on which fabric each piece of clothes will be sewed on. After I figured this out, I cut out fabric pieces for each clothes piece. The fabric pieces are about 3”-5” larger on all sides than the clothes pieces. Then I ironed interfacing onto the backs of each piece and arranged all pieces again.
3. Next step – pin and then sew on clothes pieces onto fabric pieces. Some pieces (hats, bibs, baby blankie) I didn’t sew on at this point.
4. Then I sew the fabric pieces together (trim them if necessary) and sew onto the quilt the remaining pieces of clothes. The hats, bibs and blankie I had to sew on by hand. Also I crocheted and sew on letters for the name. For the letters – I crocheted a chain for each letter and then made a row of Slip Stitches in a contrasting color, then I sew on chain pieces forming the letters.
On the bottom of the quilt I had extra space to fill in, so I made a panel with leftover pieces of baby clothes. Trim edges if they are not straight. Here is how my quilt was looking at that point:
5. Now is a fun part – time to embellish your baby clothes memory quilt! I sew on different cute crochet appliqués – baby stroller, cars, hearts, whales, fish etc. The patterns used for crochet appliqués can be found in my Etsy shop and in Free Patterns section at this website.
6. Finishing your baby clothes memory quilt. When the quilt top was complete, I prepared batting and backing. I cut batting and backing pieces to be about 2” larger on all sides than the quilt top. Then I put three layers together and basted them – you can use for this curved basting pins or you can do that by hand. I basted along the edge from all sides about 2” from the edge. Next I trimmed the batting and backing even with the quilt top, prepared binding and sew it to your quilt. My quilt is almost done!
7. Finally I’ve embellished my quilt with cute buttons – I had different sizes of colorful buttons, buttons in the shape of cars and animals. And now my baby clothes memory quilt is complete!
Here is one of the most precious pieces – a sleepy owl blankie. My son had to have this owl all the time. So I bought 4 of them in case we can’t find it, left at grandparent’s house, it needed to be washed or something else happened to it.