Doll’s quilt

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Dolls quilt

This delightful miniature quilt is extremely sweet and was made to fit a baby doll’s crib. Being on the smaller side, it’s a perfect beginner project for the novice sewer and just like any patchwork project, is a useful way to use up scraps of fabric! If you find yourself needing to buy fabric especially for this project, consider selecting something with a small print so that the pattern can be seen on the tiny doll-sized design.

My quilt is made up of 9 pinwheels surrounded by a border. I really like the fresh, bright look of one colorful print against the white, but feel free to choose your own color palette and mix and match to find something that pleases you.

Cut 36 squares of white cotton 2 ½” x 2 ½”, and 36 squares of your patterned print 2 ½” x 2 ½”. The easiest way to cut these squares is to fold your fabric in half and cut through both layers with a rotary cutter. Cutting two layers at the same time save you time!

Cutting-fabric

To make one pinwheel, take 1 square of your patterned print and 1 square of your white cotton solid and lay them on top of each other with right sides facing.

Pinning

Sew the two squares together with a diagonal line from one corner down to the opposite corner.

Cutting Triangles

Trim the fabric one side on the sewn line and press the seam towards the darker fabric.

Forming-pinwheel

Repeat this four times.

Arrange your four squares in a pinwheel formation and sew them together, again pressing seams towards the darker fabric.

Completed-pinwheel

This completes one pinwheel. You need to make nine pinwheels in the same way.

When you have finished all the pinwheels, lay them out in a 3 x 3 grid formation.

I find it helpful to put a safety pin in the top left corner of my top left square while I sew my pinwheels together. It helps me identify the top row as I pick the squares up to sew them together.

Sew the pinwheels together, pressing seams to alternate sides.

Next, cut two strips of the white cotton 15” x 3” and sew them to the top and bottom of the pinwheels.

Then cut two more strips 21” x 3” and sew them along the sides. Trim the ends if necessary.

Side

In order to keep this project as simple and quick as possible (and because the quilt does not actually have to keep a real person warm) I decided not to use batting and avoided having to bind the quilt. Instead, I cut one piece of white fabric and placed it on top of the quilt with right sides facing. I then simply stitched around the four edges leaving a 4” opening in one of the sides for turning. After stitching, I clipped the corners and turned the quilt the right way out through the opening. At this point, I pressed the quilt with a hot iron and folded the edges of the opening inwards, in line with the seam. To finish, I simply top stitched all the way around the edge of the quilt, making sure to close the opening I had left.

Front-and-back

Whilst not necessarily the most traditional way to finish a quilt, it was certainly quick and produced the sweet effect I was looking for.
If you have time, why not make a matching pillow to go with it!

Supply List

Fabric scraps or ¼ yd of print and ¾ yd white cotton
Pins
Thread
Sewing machine