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Soft ‘n Snuggly Sensory Baby Quilt Tutorial

One of my favorite baby quilts to make my Soft N Snuggly Sensory Baby Quilt.  It pieces together quickly and is a great way to use up some of your scraps. All of those fun textures and colors really appeal to babies and children.

sensory strip baby quilt

A few years ago, a friend of mine was expecting a new baby girl, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make another sensory baby quilt.

I’ve made a few in the past (I’ve been making these quilts for over 10 years now), and I love making them because they are so simple. Since there are no points to match, they are great for beginning quilters or someone looking for a fast finish for a gift.

I’ve shared these sensory baby quilts with you guys a few times but have not written a FULL tutorial to make one. Today, I thought I’d show you how I make a simple strip sensory baby quilt.

What is a Sensory Baby Quilt?

sensory strip baby quilt

About the Fabrics in the Sensory Quilt:

The quilt is designed to have many different textures for a baby to feel.  There is flannel, minke, chenille, and cotton.   It’s a GREAT way to use up a bunch of fabric scraps. I always end up with many extra strips of minke fabric, which is expensive. I don’t want to just throw it out so these strip baby quilts are a great way to use it up.

To make my quilts, I cut each fabric into strips 4″ – 8″ wide and pieced them together in random order. To finish it off, I added satin blanket binding around the edges. Satin binding is not my favorite since I have a hard time getting it to lay flat, but I think its texture to the quilt makes it worth it.

sensory strip baby quilt

After a good washing, the blanket comes out soft and super textured. One thing to note is that since each of these fabrics shrinks at a different percentage, the quilt is not going to be 100% perfect, but that’s not really the point of a quilt like this if you ask me. Because of this, however, you may want to prewash your fabrics.

sensory strip baby quilt

How to Make a Sensory Baby Quilt


A variety of fabrics in a variety of textures. Do not use a jersey knit or anything super heavy.  I recommend using quilting cotton, chenille, flannel, minke, and light wale corduroy.

1 1/2 Yards of Fabric for Back (I recommend Chenille, Cuddle or Minky)

1 1/2 Yards Cotton Batting

A Package of Satin Blanket Binding

Basic Quilting Supplies – you can find a list of the basics HERE. 

To make the Sensory Baby Quilt:

Step One: Gather your Fabrics

TIP: This project is GREAT for leftover scrap fabrics. I chose the size of my quilt based on my smallest fabric scrap.

Start by gathering coordinated fabrics and cutting them into random sizes. You’ll want a variety of quilting cotton, flannel, minke, corduroy, and even lightweight denim.

If you think any fabrics may bleed, I recommend pre-washing them.

If you are using chenille, I recommend you pre-wash it. It’s a mess after it’s washed, and you don’t want it to get on your other fabrics.

sensory strip baby quilt

Step Two: Cut your Fabric Strips

For the red and green quilt pictured above, my smallest piece of fabric was 35″ long so I cut all of the fabrics to 35″ with widths varying from 3″ – 10″.  

I didn’t plan it out at all or think about it, I just started chopping up the fabric. You do not have to make your pieces 35″ long. If you have 42″ of fabric, you can use that. I didn’t want to use more than one width of fabric for the back of the quilt so I make sure my quilt was narrower than the standard 42″ fabric width.


Start by sewing the strips together. As you do this, make sure the minke is not the top or bottom strip, as it stretches and might make quilting a bit more difficult.

I like to “lock-in” my strips with flannel or corduroy on the top and bottom. You’ll notice in my pink and blue quilt that I do have minke on one of the ends. It made it harder to make that one. I prefer to put a flannel or corduroy on the ends instead. Also, make sure that no two “like” fabrics are next to each other.

sensory strip baby quilt

You might not be able to tell from the photo, but I cut the 2 corduroy fabrics (the red and turquoise) opposite ways so that the wale of the corduroy was different on each one. (This was just to add more visual texture.)

After you have the quilt the size you’d like, stop sewing on extra strips. My quilt ended up being about 35″ wide by 50″ tall, which is a good size for a baby quilt.

An “ideal” size would be about 40″ x 50″, but as I said, I was working with what I had; my shortest strip was 35″ long.

To Finish the Quilt:

sensory strip baby quilt

Make a quilt sandwich with the quilt top, cotton batting, and flannel (the process is similar to this table runner if you need help).

Quilt it simply using the stitch-in-the-ditch method. You can also add extra lines of straight stitching to sections of the quilt as you’d like. However, know that many fabrics will stretch as you quilt them. So, you might want to keep the machine quilting to a minimum.

Bind the quilt using a satin blanket that you can purchase at the store.   There is a great tutorial for attaching Satin Blanking binding by Blair Stoker of Wise Craft.

More Free Baby Quilt Patterns:

Easy Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt

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  1. Beautiful! Could you please tell me the name of the fabric that features the children on it? I love it!

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  3. I love the children marching with balloons fabric. I’ve searched and can’t find it. Do you happen to remember who the designer/brand was? Thanks!!

  4. Just ran across this pattern. So cute to use different textures. I’ve many of these, but just with coordinating quilting cotton. Just pick your theme – Dogs, Cats, Farm Animals, College colors, sports – the list is endless!
    I do them in a quilt as you go fashion, using fleece (I prefer anti-pil) as the backing. It can also be done with batting and backing, but I love the weight of the cotton and the fleece. I usually cut the strips from 6 to 10 inches wide, depending on the fabric design.
    When I use fleece, I just snip the edges for a rag finishing, after sewing around the edges.
    I made some 2 1/2 yards long by the width of the fleece (usually 56 to 58 inches after trimming selvedge). They were loved because these tall boys could never find a “lap blanket” long enough for them! For younger ones, 1 yard by the width of the fleece is perfect. Just make the “width” become the “length”! So they end up about 36 x 56.

  5. My first time sewing and this is the project I️ chose. So far, so good. I’m excited to give this gift to my grand-niece. I️ love the colors you chose and it inspired me to give it a try.

    1. I found it on Etsy look for children on parade there are a few suppliers I paid a high price and then saw it from another supplier for 1/2 the price.

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