There is nothing like a handmade baby gift to convey a heartfelt and meaningful congratulatory message. Although a centuries' old craft, quilting is as popular today as ever, and baby quilts are welcomed by even the most contemporary of moms. With some simple sewing skills, you can make a quick and easy quilt that is sure to come in useful for that special baby girl you know.
A standard crib mattress is 27 1/2 inches wide and 52 inches long. Make sure your quilt is around 5 inches wider than the mattress, so that it will tuck in securely at either side. Making a quilt 32 inches wide by 52 inches long will allow you to use a simple 4-inch square pattern for your quilt.
Choose a mixture of florals, stripes, spots and solids. You will also need a yard of batting to sandwich between the top and bottom, a yard of contrasting fabric for the bottom of the quilt, and 7 yards of bias binding to sew around the edge of your three-layered quilt.
Cut your fabric into 5-inch squares, allowing for a 1/2-inch seam allowance on each side. Sew the squares together for your eight-by-13-square quilt. Cut your batting and bottom fabric to the same size and sandwich the three fabrics together. Hold the fabrics together with sewing pins, as you sew random running stitches through the layers to quilt your fabric. Finish off neatly by sewing the bias binding around the four sides.
You can make multiple variations on this simple quilt by varying the shapes and fabrics you use. Rectangles and hexagons are also popular for simple quilts. You could also use a solid-colored fabric for the quilt and sew on names, flower, butterfly and other girly motifs in contrasting fabrics.