Are you looking for a fast and easy baby quilt that would be perfect for using up all your scraps? You’ll want to make this one! I used my stash of Island Batik fabric that was leftover from other quilt projects.
If you are looking for a quick baby quilt you will enjoy making this!
Originally I made the quilt using AccuQuilt dies but if this is something you don’t have, continue reading and I’ll share a free template for the butterfly and a PDF of the tutorial. Just scroll down.
Scrappy Butterfly Baby Quilt Tutorial
Finished size is 30″ x 42″
- 1/2 yard cream or assorted neutral scraps for background blocks
- Scraps in assorted bright batiks for butterflies and squares
- Scraps in assorted bright batiks for the 2 1/2 inch squares
- 1/8 yard brown for antennas
- 1/3 yard for binding in a med dark
- 1 yd backing and batting
If you have a scrap drawer….now is the time to use your 2 ½” squares!
Cutting the blocks:
- Cut 162 – 2 1/2″ squares in assorted bright batiks.
- Using a 1/4″ seam allowance join the 2 1/2″ blocks into 9 patch blocks. Each 9 patch block will measure 6 1/2″ square.
- Make 18 – 9 patch blocks – join together as shown.
Cut 17 – 6 ½” squares from Cream or assorted neutrals for the butterfly background blocks.
AccuQuilt has a butterfly die – GO! Serendipity Specialty Set by Edyta Sitar that is what I used for my baby quilt. I also have a template in my PDF if you don’t have the die.
NOTE: Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the fabrics following the manufacturer’s instructions before cutting appliqué shapes.
- Cut 17 – butterflies in assorted colors – template below.
- Cut 17 – antennas from Brown
Use your favorite method of applique to apply each butterfly to the 6 1/2″ cream blocks. I used invisible thread for the free motion applique on the butterflies.
The antennas could be embroidered on but I used a fabric pen – fast and easy!
Sew the blocks together into 7 rows of 5 blocks, then join the rows.
Layer your backing, batting and top and quilt as desired.
Cut your binding fabric into 4 – 2 1/2″ strips, join together and bind your quilt. Look at my tutorial on attaching the binding by machine.
I did a stipple quilt pattern on the butterfly blocks and a wiggle diagonal line through the 9 patch blocks.
Here is a closeup showing the quilting and the antennas.
I have received several emails and photos from quilters who have made this butterfly baby quilt if you make one I would love to see it!