If you are thinking of creating a quilt, but don’t know where to start, I have the perfect super-simple Gingham Baby Quilt Top Tutorial for you. This quilt top will quickly ease all your fears of quilting. And… although it is super simple to sew, I think the simplicity of this quilt is beautiful and can go with any new baby’s room decor. Plus it is super-simple to customize for the new quilt owner, and this pattern can be adapted for future bigger and more advanced quilts.
Welcome to the first quilt you should make! The Gingham Baby Quilt!!! This quilt could also work as a lap quilt for familys without babies!!!
All you need is:
- 3 basic coordinating colored Quilting Weight Fabrics
- Fabric Rotary Cutter or Scissors
- Sewing Machine (link to the sewing machine that I use and love is located at the end of this post)
Step 1: Decide on your colour scheme for the super cute Gingham Quilt Top. This step is actually my favorite and it is also what takes me the longest when I quilt. I can sit with my fabrics for hours and organize them into piles of ideas for future quilts (then I never actually make them because a child will mess up my piles before I get to them, or I just forget about my brilliant ideas – this is life). Anyways, when choosing your fabrics for this Gingham Quilt pattern you want to choose a darker coloured fabric, a shade lighter coloured fabric, and a white fabric.
Step 2: Cut your squares of fabric into 3 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch squares . You will need:
- 48 Squares of dark coloured fabric
- 82 Squares of lighter shade coloured fabric
- 35 squares of white fabric
Step 3: Sew your squares of fabric together with 1/4 inch seams. Your squares will end up being 3 inch by 3 inch squares when it is all put together.
You will be sewing 15 strips of 11 squares. There are 2 different patterned strips that you will sew, then when you sew the strips together you will alternate them to create the Gingham pattern.
- First row (strip #1): Dark Fabric & Lighter shade fabric (11 squares in total) start with a dark square, and then alternate with lighter shared fabric. End with a dark square. Make 8 of these strip #1’s.
- Second row (strip #2): Lighter shade fabric & white fabric (11 squares in total). Start with a lighter shade fabric and alternate with white fabric. End with the lighter shade of fabric. Make 7 of these strip #2’s.
Step 4: Sew your strips of squares together: Start with a Strip #1 (darker fabric & lighter shaded fabric), then a Strip #2 (lighter shaded fabric & white fabric) and keep on repeating until you have all 15 strips sewn together. You should end with a Strip #1!
Step 5: TaaDaa!! Give yourself some quilt accomplishment LOVE!! First step of making a quilt is done!
This is what the back of your quilt top will look like. I leave it like this but if you are a perfectionist you can iron the seams down on the back of your quilt top but it is not 100% necessary.
Quilt tops are fun and addicting. Especially when they are this easy to make. Why not make a few more!!
And of course my little dude wanted to get in on the photo shoot. Dirty little faced boy! I can’t get enough of him!
If you are feeling a little more ambitious and would love to use printed fabric instead of non printed coloured fabric, I found this super cute quilt top at Cluck Cluck Sew called the Gingham Coral Quilt Top. It takes Gingham quilting to the next level with super cute patterned fabrics. I’d love to attempt a quilt like this soon. Check it out!
I hope you enjoyed this quick super easy Gingham Quilt Top Tutorial!! Stay tuned for the next step of quilting: Making a Quilt sandwich! Don’t worry this step is also super easy (although not as tasty as it sounds ;)) and you will have a completed quilt in no time at all!! Until then, enjoy creating new & beautiful things!
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