Free Project: Baby Quilt & Playmat

2 Oct 2009
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Bonus Web Project: Baby Quilt & Playmat
by Meg McElwee

This portable playmat, with the cushiony softness and natural water-repelling properties of the wool flannel backing is perfect for naptime. With a simple appliqué design overlay on cotton print and velveteen binding, it's the ideal modern baby quilt.

Guide to Full-Size Pattern PDF

  1. Download the PDF and save the file where you will find it easily. Once the pattern has downloaded, open the file and check that it has downloaded fully. The first page of the PDF is a layout drawing of the assembled tiles; use this as a guide while putting together the pieces of the pattern.
  2. Print the document as is, at 100%. DO NOT SCALE TO FIT and DO NOT CROP. The files are set up to be printed on letter-size paper (8 ½ x 11").
  3. To ensure that the pattern has printed at the correct scale, find the page containing the TEST SQUARE. The TEST SQUARE should be 2 x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm).
  4. To begin assembling the pattern, cut off or fold the margin on all sides of each page.

The pages are numbered in rows, so the first row of pages is numbered 1A, 1B, 1C, etc.  Line up the rows and match the dotted lines together so they overlap. Tape the pages together, using the illustrated guide to match each piece. Once complete, find your size, pin your pattern to the fabric, and follow the coordinating line to cut out or trace the pattern.

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lj2000 wrote
on 10 Jun 2010 11:26 PM

Is the file only 4 pages or am I missing something?

ehs wrote
on 11 Jun 2010 12:12 PM

The file seems to be complete at 4 pages. 

lj2000 wrote
on 14 Jun 2010 6:23 AM

Thanks ehs. Does this mean that the above instrustions are not relevant then? TIA.

ehs wrote
on 15 Jun 2010 8:27 PM

Hi lj2000,

I am just a reader of the magazine, like you. From what I can tell, the instructions above these comments are for printing out the pdf pattern for this item. I think they used generic instructions--the same they would use for a project that includes a pattern for a skirt, dress, etc. If this quilt project contained a pattern that needed to be printed out in the same scale for the measurements to work and then taped together, # 3 and #4 would make more sense. It seems the only piece you need to be concerned about is the template for the circles appliqué. All the other pieces are given as measurements in the instructions.

Just follow #2 and things should print out correctly for the circle pieces. I didn't see any sort of "test square" to check that your printer is doing the right thing. I don't think it would effect the look much if it was very slightly off...

mamaspark wrote
on 11 Mar 2014 2:33 PM

I make a chenille blanket as my "go to" baby gift.  I have a tutorial on my blog that can be found here:


They are quick to make and babies LOVE how tactile they are!

on 12 Mar 2014 12:46 PM

You might also add not to use minky to make a rag baby quilt.  It is a big choking hazard.  Baby's put everything in their mouths.  I know someone who did that and brought it to show and tell and the fuzz was flying all over when when she pulled it out of the bag to show.  Minky is great for quilts but the raw edges need to be enclosed in a seam and to the inside of the quilt.