Quilts are warm, economical and a great way to recycle scraps from other sewing projects. For a child trying to nap on a little cot at day care or a guest sleeping on a too-small cot in your den, a quilt can also be comforting -- a reminder of home, family and honest hospitality. Unlike regular beds, or even airbeds, cots come in unusual sizes that don't fit into the standard twin bed measurements, and it can be hard to find bedding that actually fits the cot. With a little time and ingenuity, you can make a quilt that fits the cot in your life perfectly.
Determine your finished quilt size. Measure the cot and add 4 to 10 inches to the length and the width, however far over the sides and end you want your finished quilt to hang. Your quilt top should be 1/2 inch larger than this measurement on all sides, for seam allowance when you sew it to the quilt back.
Pick a quilt pattern. You may choose a traditional quilt pattern like Log Cabin or Dresden Plate. You can also design your own, based on the decor of your den or your child's favorite cartoon character.
Make a pattern template. If you've chosen a traditional pattern, make your template and determine how many blocks you will need to fit your measurement requirements. Don't be afraid to scale down block size to make the pattern "fit" better. If you've designed your own and plan to applique it onto a plain background, make sure your image fits within the measurement parameters.
Sew the quilt. Stitch your blocks together, either by hand or machine. Applique your cartoon character onto the background.
Finish the quilt. Add quilt batting and a back and stitch together. Since your cot quilt is much smaller than even a standard twin bed quilt, you can probably use a large embroidery hoop to hand-quilt your new family heirloom.
A sheet--either a new one or a nice used one from the thrift store--makes a quick quilt back. Just cut it to size. A flannel sheet or old blanket makes warm -- but not too thick -- quilt batting. Don't be afraid to be creative -- quilts can last for several generations, and your cot quilt may make the perfect crib quilt for your great-grandchild.