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What Size is a Baby Quilt?

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What Size is a Baby or Crib Quilt,  and what is the difference?   

I received this question lately so thought I would share what works for me.  

This is also posted on my website under Client Information.  Happy Stitching.


The size of a baby quilt depends on the intended use of the baby quilt. Also, the crib quilt should be slightly larger than the mattress it will be used with. Many quilters use fabric and batting sizes as guides for the size of a baby quilt to avoid piecing the quilt together or adding edging to increase the size of the quilt.


1.     General Sizing

     Whether using the quilt for the floor or for the crib, the basic viewpoint is to make it what ever size you want.  New parents are advised against using any covering over their baby due to safety reasons.  If that is the case for you, then the wee Lass or Lad will probably use a baby quilt more for laying on or being wrapped in while being held.  My favorite size to use is 34" X 43”.  You use only one yard for top, back and and batting. One pack of satin binding 4 - 3/4 yards completes the quilt after it is quilted.  

2.    Standard Crib

    If you decide to use a crib quilt, the baby quilt should be long enough to tuck in on the sides and bottom of the crib without needing to be folded at the baby's face to reduce the risk of suffocation. The top edge of the quilt should reach the baby's neck when tucked in at the bottom of the crib.  A standard crib mattress is 27 1/2 inches wide by 52 inches long. A baby quilt to fit a standard crib mattress should be 4 inches wider than the mattress or 31 1/2 inches wide by 52 inches long.

3.    Custom Crib Size

    To create a baby quilt to fit a custom-sized mattress, measure the mattress. Add 4 inches to the width, and use the length of the mattress as the length of the baby quilt.

4.    Quilt Patterns

    Baby quilt patterns are available online (especially on Pinterest, and Craftsy for inspiration), in books (try your library) and at local fabric stores. They can be modified to fit the crib, bassinet or playpen to meet the size needed for a specific mattress size.

5.    Batting & Quilting Considerations

    Use battings that can withstand multiple warm water washings.  I recommend Hobbs 80% cotton/20% polyester as it provides softness, breathability and strength.  Machine and long-arm quilting is the top choice for quilting the layers together as it withstands repeated machine washings and machine drying better then tie or hand quilting.  Babies are hard on quilts and a well quilted quilt can withstand a fair amount of use.

6.    Other Considerations

    Wash fabric prior to sewing to reduce the risk of shrinkage and puckering of the final quilt. If purchasing a commercially made quilt, wash prior to use to remove any potential allergens.  If making a baby floor quilt that contains squeak inserts, crunchy sounding plastic layers, or other things for the baby to play with, make sure they are secured down with extra stitching, and to wash with care depending on the attachments.


6/2014- (Some information was provided by Emily Patterson’s article, eHow Contributor)

Iolani Palace Hawaiian Quilting Class

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Every Saturday in Honolulu, on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii, a lovely family guides students and fellow quilters in the art of traditional Hawaiian quilting.  While visiting the island in September 2013, I had the honor in attending one of their Saturday morning classes.  The sisters who teach are kind, funny and talented in this passed-down tradition.  Fellow quilters bring food and great conversation.  Being left-handed, I especially appreciated that my teacher was also a lefty.  Check them out next time you are in O'ahu.


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