Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Question about making a baby quilt from baby clothes.

  1. #1
    Senior Member susanwilley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Glen Burnie, MD
    Posts
    909

    Question about making a baby quilt from baby clothes.

    I am currently working on a baby quilt for my great niece's baby using her baby clothes. I have three rows complteted and it seems to be working up pretty good considering all the stretchy fabric. My question to all who have made quilts using baby clothes...does the quilt seem to be extemely heavy for a quilt? Or is it just me? I can't imagine a little toddler trying to drag this thing around. And, if I put batting in, it's going to be that much heavier, I would think. Do you use batting and how do you quilt stretchy fabric? I'm worried that I will stretch it out of shape.
    Susan

  2. #2
    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    9,702
    Yes, it is heavy. I do consignment quilts like that but have not made any for my children. One of the things to do is limit the type of fabrics used and the size of the quilt. Maybe a smaller lap blanket is more ideal. All t he people who had me make quilts out of baby clothes wanted large twin size quilts. In my opinion they are heavy. I would leave the batting out or use polly. also when you use the iron on interfacing use the light weight one.
    Anna Quilts

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    western NC
    Posts
    491
    Try the feel of flannel for the batting. It will add a little body, but not be as heavy as cotton batting. It may be better to leave out the batting or use poly as Annaquilts said.

    Pat

  4. #4
    Senior Member susanwilley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Glen Burnie, MD
    Posts
    909
    Thanks so much for your help Anna and Pat! I like the idea of the flannel for batting and adding a little body might help to keep it's shape. I'll pin the back on first to see how it is without batting too.
    Susan
    Susan

  5. #5
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,494
    Blog Entries
    43
    thanks for bringing this up. i had not given the weight any thought. i'm planning on making one when my DD is ready to give up the baby clothes.
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    1,908
    I make these on consignment also, but not for use on a bed or for a child to carry around. They are too heavy. All of mine are hung on the wall so the weight is not a particular issue. I use iron-on fusible interfacing and a light-weight batting...haven't tried just putting flannel inside instead of using regular batting...hmmmm
    If you feel like you're special...it's 'cause you are!
    Momto5

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    if using flannel inside, be sure to wash 3 or 4 times...it shrinks more than once...and you don't want it to shrink AFTER you assemble...

  8. #8
    Senior Member Kat Sews's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    646
    When I use stretchy knits I add a very light weight pellon to the back before cutting and sewing. Much easier to work with.

  9. #9
    Member msbRON's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    42
    I've wondered about how one would do a baby clothes quilt. I've wondered how it would work to cut the item apart and only work with the front of the item.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    7,516
    Please show pics when you are finished. Thanks.
    Linda

  11. #11
    Super Member Bonbonary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,312
    Blog Entries
    3
    I have made quilts from baby clothes, but they are more for memory quilts. They aren't meant to be used by a baby, more for display.

  12. #12
    Super Member judykay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,442
    Blog Entries
    18
    I have made four of them. I cut up the clothes on the last one leaving as much in tact as possible and appliqued them on Warm & Natural sort of crazy quilt style in squares. It came out extremely heavy but that is what was requested. The ones I made for my daughter and myself from my grandsons quilts I used muslin as the foundation and did them in squares, again sort of crazy quilt style. The pictures of the last ones were posted on the board around the first part of April if you are interested in seeing what I meant about appliqueing them on. One was all girls clothing and the other was all her bibs.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,518
    The one I made, I stablized the knit before cutting the blocks. After assembling it, I didn't put any batting in and used flannel as the backing. Turned out great!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.