Free Quilt Tutorial: His & Hers Personalized Baby Quilts

I’m a mom of twins, a boy, and a girl.  A friend of mine just had twins herself and I decided it might be fun to find a way to use the same fabric line to make a boy and a girl version quilt. I also thought it would be great to create quilts with the baby names. Today I’m going to share a free quilt pattern with you for these personalized baby quilts.

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Personalized Baby Quilt Pattern

I got the idea for this quilt from a pillow I made for Moda Bake Shop last year. You can see it here, it would be fun to make one to match the quilt using your scraps.

Supplies for Baby Quilt

  • Layer Cake or 10″ stacker of fabric.  (you can use 1 layer cake for both quilts) I used Tweet Tweet by Keiki
  • 1-yard white fabric per quilt for the center
  • 1-yard fabric per quilt for backing
  • 1/2 yard fabric per quilt for binding
  • Batting
  • Heat N Bond Lite
  • Buttons, colored thread to embellish applique
  • Smiley Monster Font (can be downloaded free)


Step One:

First, you will want to sort and pick your fabrics. Take your layer cake and divide it into two piles depending on the quilt design you like best.

Step Two:

Next, you want to decide which 7 layer cake squares you want to use for the block border.  

You will also want to set aside the layer cake squares you want to use for the applique names & shapes.

If you want to have the tree applique (like on the boy quilt) you may need more than one layer cake piece to get enough trees to cut out.

Cut the layer cake squares you want to use for the border in half so that they are 5″ x 10″. You will need a total of (14)  5″ x 10″ blocks for each quilt.

I used some fabrics twice, but you will have plenty of layer cake pieces if you do not want to repeat any fabrics.

Step Three:

Sew (4) 5″ x 10″ pieces together along the short sides. Press & set aside. Repeat.

Sew (3) 5″ x 10″ pieces together along the short sides. Press & set aside. Repeat.

Cut your white fabric to 29 3/4″ x 29 1/2″

Sew one of the 3 block strips to the 29 1/2″ side of the white fabric. Repeat by sewing the other 3 block strip to the other side.


Step Four:

Sew the 4 block strips to the other 2 sides of the white block. Press. Trim off excess if necessary.

Quilt as desired. I quilted mine with a walking foot in straight lines approximately 2″ apart.

Step Five:

Using a word processing program and the font Smiley Monster, print your name approx 4″ tall. You may need to make it slightly smaller if you are printing a large name.

Trace the mirror image of the letters onto the paper side of a piece of Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out roughly and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out. You can see photos of my applique method here.

Apply to the lower right-hand corner of the quilted top approx. 2″ from the bottom border.

I used the bird in the fabric as a guide for my bird appliqué.  To do this,  just scanned the fabric and printed the bird enlarged so that it is about 4″ tall.  I then pieced it using scraps from my layer cake.

Tip: You can use any image from the fabric you are using to create a simple applique shape. You can also cut out images from your fabric (like the trees on the other quilt).

Step Six:

Stitch around the letters and pieces of the bird.  Using brown thread in your machine stitch in legs for the bird.  Sew a button for its eye.

For the boy’s quilt, I cut out 5 trees from the layer cake pieces. I applied Heat n Bond Lite to the back and ironed them onto the quilt top. I then stitched around the edges, using the brown thread for the tree trunks.

After you have finished the applique, bind the quilt as desired.

Baby Quilt Size:

Finished size is approx: 30″x30″

More Free Baby Quilt Patterns:

Turnstile Baby Quilt Pattern

Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt Tutorial

Simple Patchwork Baby Quilt Pattern

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  1. Cute! We were really thinking along the same lines with the boy and girl quilts! 🙂

  2. One question – I get all my fabric from The Ribbon Retreat and they don’t have the layer cakes. How much fabric do you think is needed for one quilt?

  3. LOVE This! Mostly because I made matching baby quilts for my son and daughter…but these are SO VERY CUTE! I think I may need to make them another set of matching blankies.

  4. These are gorgeous!!! And made those particular fabric prints come alive for me! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Okay. Kristi told me about the quilts. Gushed really. And still, when I saw this picture on my blog, my mouth dropped open and all I could say was WHOA! Unbelieveable. They are works of art. I can’t believe you whip up things like this and give them away. I think you qualify for sainthood.

    You are amazing. And the quilts are gorgeous. To die for really!

  6. I already printed the instructions from Moda and am waiting on pins and needles until my pregnant friend finds out what she is having! I’m going to use the font for a quilt for my daughter too. I’ll make sure to share a pic with you too!

  7. Did I tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE these? They are draped over the babies’ bed right now. I am so lucky to have such a talented friend. I may have more babies just to get some more presents from you. 🙂 TOtally worth it I’d say… Love yoU!

  8. I absolutely LOVE these! You are so talented! Unfortunately, sewing is def not my strong point. Would you consider making and selling these? I would LOVE for my kids to have them, & my niece!

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  11. Hi, do you make these for people? Do you have an Etsy store or another way for someone to purchase them? I really want to get one for my sister, but I don’t quilt.


    1. Hi Jennifer, I tried to email you but it keep bouncing back to me. I don’t make these to sell right now. I just don’t have the time to devote to selling handmade items right now.

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  13. Hi, Melissa! My name is Lisa, and I posted a link to this quilt tutorial on my blog. I made this quilt for my nephew when he was born. This is the cutest pattern! I love the personalization and how quickly this comes together. Thank you for a wonderful pattern! 🙂

  14. I am a beginner and need some help! – how do you do the name after the quilt is quilted? If you did it on the machine wouldn’t it go through all 3 layers? I’m sorry I know the answer is probably obvious I am just stumped. Thank you!

    1. Yes, just go through all 3 layers, if you use thread that matches the back of the quilt it will not look bad.

  15. Wow I love your two baby quilts. I love the simple design – it is so adorable – thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Love this quilt. Making for my granddaughter. This is my first quilt. I have a question. Do I start quilting the 2 in straight line in the center or on one side?

    1. I would start in the center and work your way out. But if you already did it the other way, you’ll be fine!

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