How to Make Patchwork Quilts for Children

Updated November 22, 2016

A homemade patchwork quilt can be a joy for anyone, but especially for children who can wrap teddy bears with it or snuggle in it while they are read to in bed. To make patchwork quilts for children you’ll want to use a simple pattern and a variety of novelty fabrics. As the child sits with her quilt she can look over the novelty prints and enjoy the different pictures. As long as you have some sewing and quilting experience, making a child’s patchwork quilt can be done in half a day.

Cut your novelty prints into 36 squares measuring 6½ inches. Pair two squares together with the right sides facing in. Sew a ¼-inch seam down one side. Continue to sew sets of squares together until you have 18 rectangles measuring approximately 6 inches by 12 inches. Press all of your seams open with a hot iron.

Pair up one rectangle with another with the right sides facing in. Sew down the 12-inch side to attach the two and form a 12½-inch square. Sew all of your pieces following this step until you have nine large squares. Press the squares with the seams open.

Pair up two large squares and sew them together down one side to form a rectangle. Do this twice more until you have three squares remaining and three approximately 12-by-24-inch rectangles.

Pair a leftover square to one end of a large rectangle, right sides facing in, and sew together. Repeat with the other two rectangles and two squares. Press all of your seams open.

Pair one rectangle with another, right sides facing together, and sew down one of the long sides. Press the seams open before adding the final long rectangle and sewing down one long side. Press the seams open so you are left with a finished quilt top.

Spread out your quilt backing right side facing down on a flat surface. Place your batting over the backing and smooth it flat. Layer your quilt top with the right sides facing up over the two. Pin the three layers together with safety pins every 6 inches in a grid-like layout.

Add quilting to the quilt, as desired, by machine or by hand to secure the three layers together, taking out the safety pins as you go. You can quilt simple straight lines or add swirls and stippling. Attach binding along all four sides to secure the edges and finish the quilt.


Select novelty prints that will appeal to the child you are making the quilt for, such as monsters, dolls, animals, or cars. For smaller patchwork pieces, follow the basic directions above using 144 3½-inch squares.

Things You'll Need

  • Novelty prints
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Backing
  • Batting
  • Safety pins
  • Hand quilting needles and thread, if desired
  • Quilt binding or blanket binding
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