Directions for Backing a Cross Stitch Baby Quilt

Updated April 17, 2017

A cross stitch baby quilt is a wonderful gift and a charming addition to any nursery. Baby quilts must be sturdy and washable, however, and a cross-stitch baby quilt is often stitched on pre-quilted fabric with the stitching exposed on the back. You must attach backing to the quilt to cover and protect the exposed stitching during washing and use. Choose a light coloured, coordinating fabric for the backing and attach the backing to the cross stitch quilt by hand with invisible tacking stitches.

Wash, dry and iron the backing fabric. Cut the backing 2 to 3 inches larger than the cross stitch quilt in each direction.

Press the cross stitch quilt top, if necessary, and trim any loose thread tails.

Lay the quilt right side down on a flat surface and apply basting spray to the back, following manufacturer instructions.

Smooth the backing right side up onto the quilt, starting in the centre and working toward the edges.

Thread the hand needle and knot one end of the thread. Insert the needle through the backing into the batting and come back through the backing about 1 inch away. Tug the thread quickly but firmly to pop the knot into the centre of the quilt.

Re-insert the needle through the backing into the batting about 1/8-inch before where the thread emerged from the backing to form an invisible tack stitch. Run the needle 1 to 2 inches in a straight line through the quilt batting and up through the surface again. Repeat this process until the entire backing is securely attached to the quilt, starting new rows as needed.

End a line of stitching with a knot close to the base of the thread. Insert the needle through the backing into the batting close to the most recent stitch and come back to the surface about an inch away. Tug the thread to pop the knot through to the centre of the quilt and trim the thread tail even with the surface of the quilt.

Trim the backing and finish the edges, as desired.


Choose an even-weave plaid or stripe fabric for the backing and follow the lines when placing the tacking stitches. Use matching thread to camouflage tacking stitches on the back of the quilt. Thread the needle with enough thread to tack a continuous line from one side of the quilt to the other.


Do not push the needle through the front of the quilt when tacking the backing to the quilt.

Things You'll Need

  • Backing fabric
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Basting spray
  • Hand needle
  • Thread
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