Baby quilts are one of the most commonly given gifts at baby showers and baptisms. They are considered essential items when it comes to caring for a baby and are often passed down from generation to generation. They can be purchased from any number of baby-specific retailers or department stores, but the most treasured quilts are those that are made by hand, by family or friends of the parents.
If you’re not the type of person that has the patience or skills required to make your own baby quilts, purchasing one from a store is probably the best idea. Buying a quilt from a local or online retailer doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be getting something that is mass produced. Many of these companies, especially those found online, sell handmade, well designed quilts that are exceptionally high in quality. In some cases, these businesses can make quilts that are made to your exact specifications; including color schemes and materials.
Now this being said, making your own baby quilts can be done relatively easily, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of patterns available for creating homemade quilts; most of which can be readily purchased through local or online suppliers. Combining a great pattern with the best materials can result in a quilt that is of heirloom quality and will be used for generations.
Most baby quilts are approximately three square feet in size. This makes them large enough to be used most children until they are at least two to three years old. How you choose to divide up this space is really up to you. In most cases, a baby quilt is made from three rows of three squares, with each square being about one square foot. However, this particular pattern is not set in stone, and as such the options are wide open.
Choosing which type of material you want is an important step when making baby quilts. Because the quilt will most always be in close contact with the child, it is important to use materials that will not irritate the skin. Most experts highly recommend using only natural fibers, with 100% cotton being the most commonly cited. Whichever fabrics you decide to use, it is vital that the colors do not bleed, especially when using multiple colors in one quilt. One simple way to avoid this problem is to wash the fabrics several times (using a typical washing machine) before assembling the quilt.
Texture is an important element of any fabric that will be used to make baby quilts. A baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, and as such it is unwise to use anything but the softest of materials. Soft materials such as flannel are exceptional for use in these quilts. In many cases, satin is used as a border material as well. The idea is that if it touches a baby’s skin, then it should be as soft and comforting as possible. Any material that feels good will more than likely make an ideal quilt.