Learn how to make a simple patchwork doll quilt step by step with our free Baby Doll quilt pattern.
Several years ago a few days before I needed to send off “the” Christmas package to my family out west, I decided that I needed to throw just “one more” gift in there.
Normally I have a nice time planning out projects to sew as gifts for my nieces and nephews, but this year I had not planned on sending them any handmade items.
Partially because I was stumped and partially because I didn’t have a sewing room (my stuff was all over the hallway and in the process of being moved).
As I was moving my fabric, I stumbled over a mini charm pack fabric, that I picked up at Quilt Market in October. I noticed how nicely the colors coordinated with my new Derby Style line of fabric and thought it would be fun to whip a quick doll quilt to go with the doll we had purchased for my niece for Christmas.
We had bought her a Lalaloopsy doll, and I loved how the bright colors of the doll coordinated with the fabric.
About the Doll Quilt
This quilt is a quick sew and would be a great project for a beginner or teen sewist. You can whip one up quickly if you buy a mini charm pack, but you can also cut out squares just as fast.
If you want to make one, you’ll need fifty two 2 ½″ squares of fabric in various prints. (4 of these squares are for the corners of the quilt).
You can buy a mini charm pack or cut them from a variety of fat quarters. I wouldn’t buy yardage for this project; you’d end up with too much waste. You can also use some of your scrap pile.
If you have leftover pieces from a 5″ precut stack you can also use those, you can get four 2 ½″ squares from one 5″ square of fabric.
What Size is a Doll Quilt?
Doll quilts are normally made in a variety of sizes, this quilt is 18″ x 22″ which is the same size as a Fat Quarter of fabric. It is designed that way to reduce the amount of fabric waste in the pattern.
Patchwork Doll Quilt Pattern
- Basic Sewing Supplies
- 52 2 ½″ squares of fabric in various prints. 4 of these squares are for the corners of the quilt. You can buy a mini charm pack or a cut them from a variety of fat quarters. I wouldn’t buy yardage for this project, you’d end up with too much waste. You can also use some of your scrap pile.
- 1 Fat Quarter Fabric for quilt back
- 1 Fat Quarter Fabric for binding
- 1 piece Quilt Batting at least 18" x 22"
- Finished Quilt Size is approx. 16 ½″ x 20 ½″
- 2 strips of white fabric each 2 ½″ x 12 ½″
- 2 strips of white fabric each 2 ½″ x 16 ½″
Construction: All seams are ¼″
- Begin by arranging your squares in a pattern that you like. You need 6 squares across by 8 squares down. Taking care to balance out the various colors and lights and darks across the quilt top.
- Sew together in rows of 6.
- Press the seams to one side. Alternating which direction you press your seams by row. For example press the seams of the even rows towards the right and the odd rows towards the left.
- Next sew all 8 rows of six together. Press seams to one side.
To assemble the remainder of the quilt.
- Stitch one 2 ½″ square to each side of the two 2 ½″ x 16″ pieces. Press seams to one side. Set aside.
- Stitch a 2 ½″ x 12″ piece of fabric to the top and bottom of the sewn squares. Press.
- Stitch the 2 ½″ x 16″ pieces with 2 ½″ squares sewn on, to the two sides of the quilt top. Press.
- Quilt as desired. If you’d like a simple tutorial for doing this you can see my Machine Quilting Basics Sewing Lesson.
- Bind as desired.
Fabrics in the quilt above are from Derby Style by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs and Color Theory from V & Co for Moda Fabrics, both due in stores sometime this month.
You can easily stitch up a few quilts in an afternoon as gifts for your favorite toddler or little girl!