I wanted to make a toddler/preschooler throw quilt for a young boy whose grandmother is a friend of the family. This quilt is 40 x 49 which makes it a great size to cuddle up and watch a movie. It’s a very simple quilt top to do since it is all squares and border but looks impressive!
For this quilt you need:48 5″ squares (I bought 1/2 yard of three fabrics and had leftovers)
3 yards for backing (Although you might be able to get away 1 1/2 yards)
1/2 yard for binding
1 yard for border
Crib sized batting
A note on the 5″ squares, a fat quarter of fabric will give you 12 squares. I cut 16 squares out of each of my three fabrics. I do suggest at least two different fabrics and the more the better!
Before squaring up and cutting my fabric with a rotary cutter, I like to use Best Press to get the fabric nice and smooth.
Lay your five inch squares out in a pattern. Sew each square to the adjacent square.
Then I sewed the blocks of two to each other to form 8 6-square strips.
These strips I then pin together to sew into the main part of the quilt top.
Note the fork pin at the seam while I’m sewing! Always lock your seams for nice alignment!
After they are all sewn together you will have something that looks like this!
Now we add on 7″ borders. Sew them on to the side with 8 blocks first. Then do the six block side. Use a coordinating fabric!
Now the quilt top is all done!