Years ago when I first got back into quilting, I did it because I wanted to learn how to make a baby quilt. I think that making a baby quilt is one of the main reasons that people want to learn how to quilt. They are great quilting projects for beginners since they are small and relatively quick to sew.
I know that many of you here are avid quilters, but I also hear frequently from those wanting to learn how to quilt. I’m asked frequently “how do I make a quilt from start to finish?” I actually love those kinds of questions because it means that people are interested in quilting!
When they ask me how to learn how to quilt, I always tell them one thing. The only way to learn is by doing! Just pick a project and start. If it turns out badly, just don’t show it to anyone.
I’ve compiled more than 25 baby quilt patterns that I think are simple, fun and unique. Most of these are free patterns. A few are not, but I do not mind supporting fellow Makers and purchasing a well-written pattern. I’m sure that all of you feel the same way.
Whether you’re an experienced quilter or new to the quilting world, I hope that you’ll find a project to inspire you!
Free Baby Quilt Patterns from the Polka Dot Chair
1- Turnstile Block Baby Quilt. This quilt is super simple since it’s made up of just one quilt block repeated 9 times. It is also offered in our MEGA baby quilt bundle in our shop!
2- Dresden Burst Baby Quilt. A fun quilt to stitch up and pretty quick to make as it uses just 3 Dresden quilt blocks appliqued on a larger piece of fabric.
3- Giant Star Baby Quilt – Since this quilt uses such big squares (and triangles of fabric, it’s great for beginners. It’s also easy to customize to any decor style, from modern to traditional.
4– Sawtooth Star Baby Quilt. This quilt features mostly just squares which makes it great for beginners. Interspersed with the square blocks are a few Sawtooth stars to give the quilt some interest.
5-Soft N Snuggly Strip Quilt Tutorial. This is one of my all-time favorite baby quilts. It’s sewn using a combination of minke, corduroy, chenille, and flannel fabrics. All of the different textures of fabrics are perfect for a new baby.
6- Patchwork Star Baby Quilt. This quilt was created by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter and is a fun take on a one block quilt.
7-His & Hers Personalized Baby Quilt. Create a baby quilt with a bit of personalization using this tutorial on our site. The border is made from 10″ pre-cut stacks of fabric.
8- Fat Quarter Baby Quilt. This baby quilt is a fun way to use up a Fat Quarter pack of fabric. Just chop them in half and stitch them together!
A fat quarter of fabric: Is a pre-cut piece of fabric that measures 18″ x 22″. It is called a fat quarter because it is a ¼ yard of fabric that is cut to yield a larger piece of fabric. It is a piece of fabric, commonly used in quilting. Fat Quarters are usually sold in a package with several fat quarters of fabric in different yet coordinating prints.
9-Charm Pack Baby Quilt. Pre-cuts are great to use for baby quilts since so much of the work is done for you ahead of time. Stitch up a 5″ stack of fabric into a fun quilt using this tutorial from Coral & Co.
10- Vintage Hankie Baby Quilt. Use up some of those hankies just sitting around gathering dust!
11- Snuggle Bunny Quilt Pattern. This baby quilt pattern by Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl is perfect for showing off some of your favorite novelty fabrics.
12- Simple Patchwork Quilt. You can’t beat simple patchwork! This quilt is made up entirely of squares. You can resize it however you’d like based on how much fabric you have.
13- Snuggly Bricks Quilt. Create a quick quilt using 10″ pre-cut stacks of fabric with this free quilt tutorial!
14- Snuggly 10″ Stacker Quilt. An oldie but a goodie! This quilt is one of the first ones I created for the blog. It’s created using a Layer Cake (10″ fabric stacker).
15. Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt. This baby quilt is made from strips of fabric and I share a fun trick to cut and piece the strips quickly with you in the pattern.
16. Herringbone Baby Quilt Pattern. This quilt pattern has a modern vibe when created using all solid fabrics. It will appeal to younger parents looking for more modern baby quilt patterns. You can also make it from print fabrics if you prefer a scrappier feel to your quilts.
Baby Quilt Patterns from Quilt Blogs
Note; at the time of posting, most of these patterns were free. If it has changed, it was because the designer changed it. As a supporter of fellow Makers and designers, I am happy to pay for a well-written quilt pattern.
1 -Little Houses Baby Quilt – Suzy Quilts – Suzy Quilts offers a variety of free and paid quilt patterns on her blog and frequently hosts quilt alongs.
3- Big Love Quilt by Modern Handcraft – Modern Handcraft is one of my favorite quilt blogs to follow for modern quilt patterns with bold shapes.
4-Zoo Dwellers by A Bright Corner – Andi who writes the Bright Corner blog has a LOT of free patterns on her site. She’s an accomplished quilter who has been published in many books.
5-Triangle Quilt by See Kate Sew – Kate’s site, See Kate Sew is full of sophisticated, modern sewing projects ranging from quilts to clothing. This triangle quilt has a secret! Hop on over to her site to see what it is.
6- Citrus and Mint Quilt by Craft Buds – If you’re wanting to create a baby quilt that’s still simple but not just squares, this Quilt pattern by Craft Buds features snowball quilt blocks, which are still very beginner friendly.
7- Lattice Baby Quilt by Diary of a Quilter – Amy has SO MANY cute quilts on her blog. This lattice baby quilt is one of my favorites since it can be made with precut fabrics.
8- Baby Coin Quilt by Simple Simon & Co. – A “coin” quilt refers to a row of fabrics sewn together to look like a stack of coins. This one is very simple and since there are no cross seams there are no seams to match.
9- Patchwork Crib Quilt by Bonjour Quilts – This creative take on a simple patchwork quilt is stunning! Instead of just arranging the squares in a random fashion, the maker used color to create secondary pattern on the quilt.
10- Basic Strips Baby Quilt by Knitty Bitties for 30 Days Blog – A simple straight line baby quilt is one of the EASIEST quilts to sew. It’s also a great way to show off a variety of novelty fabrics.
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Easy Baby Quilt Patterns you can Buy
Free tutorials and patterns are great, but sometimes you need a bit more information than you can find on a blog or online. In that case, you might want to try buying a pattern. You’ll get loads of information in an easy to print at home format.
This post has been updated from a previous version.