In spite of the fact that I had never actually made a quilt from clothes before... when a friend of mine asked if I could help her turn her daughters first year baby clothes into a quilt - I jumped on the baby quilt bandwagon! Ten BIG boxes of clothes and a month or so later - it was done! This is a wonderful project to do with friends, family... or solo for that matter! Here's the basics of what you'll need to do:
Note that this project is somewhat improvisational in nature (which makes each and every quilt unique). I started by considering the basic size for a baby quilt (about 50" x 53"). The final size of my quilt came to 42" x 58".
• Plenty of clothes you may want to use for the quilt top. We may have started with 10 boxes, but after you sift through everything and pare things down - it won't be nearly that much (unless you make a HUGE quilt that would be too big to move). I'd say we roughly ended up using 2 boxes of clothes - just to give you a little perspective :)
• 6 - 10 yards of Fusible Interfacing. I used a couple of different brands, but loved preferred the medium weight Heat N Bond. It ironed on well and has a lighter weight/feel than some of the others I tried.
• Backing Fabric (yardage will depend on the size of your quilt. I didn't want to piece the back at all, so I purchased 3 yards of standard 44" wide quilting weight fabric - and ended up using 2 yards).
• Border Fabric (yardage will depend on the size of your quilt and how wide you want your border to be). I used one yard of fabric (piecing the long sides), plus a fat quarter of contrasting fabric for the corners.
• Roll or stack of large size sheets of clean white paper. I used sheets that were 11" x 17" (which fit on my ironing board well. I think a roll of paper, not wider than your ironing board would actually be best.
• Coordinating thread
• Quilting pins (and/or contrasting thread for basting the layers together).
• Straight pins (I prefer the glass topped pins which won't melt under a hot iron).
• Paper scissors
• Fabric scissors
• Large cutting mat with measuring grid.
• Rotary cutter
• Clear cutting ruler - It would have been harder to do this project without my Omnigrid. I have a variety of sizes, but the two I used the most for this project were 6" x 24" and 9 1/2" x 9 1/2".
• Metal T Square (great for squaring up your quilt as it gets larger)
* Hand quilting needles
• Sewing Machine. I used a very basic Viking Emerald 118 for all the piecing and then a Brother Novelle 1500S for the quilting. As long as your machine can do straight and zig zag stitching and is open enough to run the rolled quilt through it - you're good to go.