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Oh, Baby! Make an Easy Appliquéd Name Quilt in 7 Steps

If you are looking for a quick and easy baby quilt idea, why not try an appliquéd name quilt? Parents typically put so much time and thought into choosing a baby's name, that a personalized gift with the baby's name is often a good choice!
The fabrics you choose for your quilt or receiving blanket are up to you, but we suggest a combination of quilting cottons, flannel or minky. You can add appliqué to a blank square on any patchwork quilt or make a wholecloth quilt that features the baby's name prominently.

How to appliqué a name quilt

Here's a quick guide to making appliqué letters for your customized blanket. Name quilts are not limited to baby gifts, however. Try an appliquéd name on a quilt as you send a young adult off to college, a tea towel for a hostess gift or a framed fabric gift for the holidays!


Appliqued Name Blanket
Photo via Craft Buds

Materials:

  • Fabric scraps for appliqué letters
  • Computer and printer
  • 1 yard of fabric for front
  • 1 yard of fabric for back
  • 1 yard of batting (optional)
  • Iron-on fusible adhesive such as Wonder-Under® or HeatnBond® Ultrahold
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Coordinating thread

Finished size: 35'' x 39'' or smaller receiving blanket

Directions:

1. Use a computer and printer to type out the letters for your name. You'll want to choose a font that is bold and consider how hard it will be to cut out the letters. Enlarge the font size (I used font size 172) and print.

Tip: If you can, reverse the letters to create a mirror image before you print. If you cannot reverse the letters (there's no easy way to do this in newer versions of Microsoft Word, for example), no problem! You'll just want to trace the reverse of your letters on the back of your paper, as pictured below.

Name tracing

2. Trace the name onto the paper side of a piece of paper-backed fusible. The spacing of your letters does not matter at this point. You can even use scraps of fabric and fusible adhesive to get the most mileage out of your materials! Cut away the excess paper from your letters, leaving a rectangle. The letters should appear in reverse.

Tracing onto fusible

3. With the paper side up, use an iron and follow the manufacturer's directions to adhere the name to the wrong side of your fabric scraps.

Cutting out the name

4. Carefully cut around the letters with a pair of scissors.

Peel off backing

5. Peel off the paper backing from each of your letters.

Iron on applique

6. Place the letters on the fabric you chose for the front of your appliquéd name quilt (such as the minky fabric pictured above). Once you are happy with the placement, use an iron to fuse the letters to the fabric.

Stitch on the namePhoto via Craft Buds

7. After fusing the letters, stitch around each letter with a straight or zigzag stitch, whichever your prefer. Square up the front and back fabrics for your blanket.

  • Finish a simple receiving blanket: Stitch together the front and back fabrics, with right sides facing, 1/2'' from the perimeter. Leave a 6" hole in one side for turning. turn the blanket right side out and topstitch the blanket 1/2'' from the edge.
  • Finish a simple quilt: If you wish to add batting to your quilt sandwich, quilt the project as normal and finish the edge with binding.

There are so many different versions of the appliquéd name quilt that we've included some samples below for inspiration!

Baby Name QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member PetitDesignCo

This wholecloth quilt features cotton fabric on the front and back, with large, lowercase letters appliquéd to the front. A simple meandering, free-motion stitch adds texture to the baby quilt, and a pop of red on the binding finishes it off.

Read more about the Baby Name Quilt here.

Receiving Blanket PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Shiny Happy World

Add an appliqué name to this blanket and you'll have a "beary" sweet little name quilt for a baby boy or girl! The combination of quilting cotton on the background and jersey fabric for the animal appliqué shows how fun it can be to play with texture. Considering cutting up a T-shirt and using that to add bubble letters for a customized appliqué name blanket.

Get the FREE receiving blanket pattern here.

Applique Baby BlanketPhoto via Craftsy Instructor Amy Alan

Sew a vintage-inspired receiving blanket with quilting cotton on the front and soft flannel on the back. Amy used fusible appliqué to apply the letters for the name Quinn and secured them with a zigzag stitch before lightly quilting the entire blanket with straight lines.

Learn how to make the Appliquéd Baby Blanket here.

Amis QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member Frankie Ann

Have fun and embellish your appliqué letters when you choose a theme! The butterfly pictured on top of the "A" is a fun addition to the name appliqué. A blanket stitch in a contrasting thread gives the patchwork name quilt a happy, homemade touch.

Read more about Ami's quilt here.

Boost your appliqué aptitude with quick die-cutting, skillful decorative stitching and innovative stitch-stacking techniques in Craftsy's Amazing Appliqué class.

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 What's your favorite theme for an appliquéd name quilt?

22 Comments

Paula Lopp Dalby

This is a great tutorial. And that little iron is adorable. Does anyone else see a face when they look at it? (The two little buttons look like eyes with the reflection of the black adjustment disc…)

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Paula Lopp Dalby

This is a great tutorial. And that little iron is adorable. Does anyone else see a face when they look at it? (The two little buttons look like eyes with the reflection of the black adjustment disc…)

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j jordan

It is a cordless panasonic….I have one and it is great .. i got mine at a quilt shop in granbury, tx…..Google to find?

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Stephanie Freeman

Loved how simple this tutorial was….but wish I’d read the fine print on HeatnBond Ultrahold – it’s NO SEW. HeatnBond Lite is recommended for sewing. I’m re-making my letters 🙁

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Rayna W

This is a cute idea but I would suggest just putting the initials of the child on anything personalized. You don’t want to give names out to the “stranger danger” types.

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Lyndsey Roach

Very smart ! In the world we live in today that’s very wise thanx 🙂 🙂

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Bunny Ryan

How do you iron Minky without it going flat?

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Asta

I, too, see the face in the iron. Iron appears to be a Panasonic and is carried by Keepsake Quilting! I love the idea of the name quilt. Might be just the thing for friend who is having 2nd little boy.

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Sheryl

First grand baby on the way and want to make a name quilt for her. I want to make one that has block style letters. I saw a quilt on etsy that was for Annie Mae. Love those style letters. I cannot figure out where to look for the letters. Which websites are the best for that type of letter. Please help! Any suggestions?

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Brittany Bunny

So i am making a quilt for my fiance for our 3 year anniversary and I want his initials on the quilt but i am not good with the whole wording of this tutorial… Should i go online to youtube and see if they have a hot-to and watch the video?? I need to get this done before November 23rd

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Suzanne Faris

What font did you use for your letters?

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Gin

Yes! What font is it? I love it and can’t find it!

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Robyn

The font she used here was Britannic Bold. You can find it in Microsoft Word on your computer.

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Laura

I was under the impression that its better to not iron Minky but I noticed you used it.

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Robyn

You are correct, you should not iron Minky. It can melt under the heat of the iron. If the fabric is embossed, like the Dimple Dot Minky used here, the iron will flatten the raised dots out and there is no way of getting them to “pop up” again.
I have tried those very tiny irons, with just the metal heads, by Clover and Dritz, which give you more control to iron each individual appliqué letter, but they do not get hot enough to melt the fusible adhesive and bond the two fabrics.
When appliqeuing with Minky it’s better to use pins or a fabric spray adhesive, like Dritz or Aleene’s, to hold the appliqué in place while sewing.

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Gloria

Does anyone have a good suggestion where to print letters from

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Kerrie

I’m planning on going to the dollar store and getting the letters that you can make signs with (I think of classrooms if that helps), so I can trace them backwards. I love the shape of them for a baby blanket! Hope this helps!

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Julie

You can download fonts online. Once it’s downloaded, you just open it to apply to your computer fonts library.

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Robyn

If you have a computer, Microsoft Word is a great place to find a lot of different fonts (type styles) for your appliqué letters. Like another poster commented, you can download fonts online (for free) from places like
1001freefonts.com or dafont.com and just add them to your computer’s font library.

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