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. It also doubles as a sensory quilt. All of those fun textures and colors really appeal to babies and children.
A few years ago, a friend of mine is 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 to make them because they are so simple to make. 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 in the past 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.
Sensory Baby Quilt Tutorial:
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 lots of 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 just cut each fabric into strips anywhere from 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 the texture that it adds to the quilt makes it worth it.
After a good washing, the blanket comes out soft and super textured. One thing to note, since each of these fabrics shrinks at a different % 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.
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
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 Quilt:
Start by gathering fabrics that all coordinate and cut them into random sizes. You’re going to want a variety of quilting cotton, flannel, minke, corduroy, and even lightweight denim. If you think any of the fabrics may bleed I would recommend pre-washing them. Otherwise, you don’t need to pre-wash. If you are using chenille then I DO recommend you pre-wash it as it’s a MESS after it’s washed and you don’t want it to get on your other fabrics.
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.
To Finish the Quilt:
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