Baby Clothes Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That I managed to sew together all those tricky fabrics that were extremely daunting to quilt with. Most of it was stretchy, and a lot of the winter clothes were very thick. It washes up great though when I chuck it in the machine time and time again, and I'm proud to have made a quilt that caries so many memories. I am currently working on one for my son; it is of course a completely different design to this one though! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I've since been told that stabilizing fabrics with light weight fusible interfacing before you cut them makes stretchy fabrics easier to work with. Stretchy fabric can also continue to stretch and end up ballooning out if you have large, unstitched areas. The interfacing also helps to eliminate this problem. Luckily this wasn't an issue for me because most of my fabric pieces were quite small. Be aware that it is also very difficult to get nice tidy corners and seams when you are sewing together fabrics of radically different thicknesses and textures. Let it go; your little one is not going to care :)' My main object when I did this quilt was to make as many points of interest for my daughter as possible. I succeeded in that but it does tend to give adult eyes a headache! I could have calmed it down a lot by making the entire central design rows of people. Looking back, I sort of wish I'd done this. But maybe that's an idea for another day...

What you will need

  • The baby clothes my daughter wore from birth to one year of age
  • hospital wraps
  • batting
  • backing fabric and thread.

Q&A with Sarah Becker

VicMansfield asked:
Awesome idea! I too have a box of my favourite girls clothes that I can't bear to part with. I will definitely keep this idea in mind! Very inspiring!!! :)
Sarah Becker answered:
Thank you!
beeboop71 asked:
What a wonderful idea. You are extremely talented and very inspiring. This is why I love quilting. The ideas are endless and they are heirlooms that can never be replaced. Wish I was quilting when my two kids were babies. I would have love to do this with their clothes. I guess I can still make one although my son is 14 and my daughter is 9. Next time I clean out their closets I will be saving some clothes to cut up. :)
Sarah Becker answered:
I am so pleased my project has inspired you to start another of your own for your own 'babies'! There is no greater compliment, thank you so much. I look forward to seeing the results one day :)