Convertible Crib Quilt

Hi everyone! I am Patty from Patty Trends! I am very excited today to share this beautiful convertible crib quilt tutorial here on the Moda Bake Shop!
When my little girl was about 19 months old, she managed to jump out of her crib… yes, she did it that young! This situation had me rushing to convert her crib into a toddler bed because I was concerned she would try climbing out again and get seriously injured. My little girl is 22 months old now and she actually has loved her “new” bed and sleeps pretty well. Since I am planning on having her sleep in the crib for a little while {at least until we have another baby}, I decided to make a quilt for her that would fit perfectly on the convertible crib.

So here is a tutorial on how to make a toddler quilt if you would like to make one for your kids or give one as a gift! I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

– 2 Charm Packs ( any design you want). I used the Giddy collection from Sandy Gervais. 
Note that one charm pack from Moda comes with 42 squares, I actually used a total of 48 squares on this quilt. If you don’t want to buy the two charm packs, you can cut 6 extra 5” x 5” squares from a piece of fabric of the same collection. 
– 1 yard white solid (for the sashing)
– 1 yard matching binding print 
– 1 1/2 backing print
– Matching thread
– Crib size batting (45” x 60”: I usually like to use the #180 100% cotton from Mountain Mist)

Cut the strips for the sashing (white solid):
 {56}  5” x 1 1/2” strips
 {10} 35” x 1 1/2” strips
 {1} 35” x 4 1/2” strip (for the main row between the second and third row, see the following diagram). 
This is the strip you will attach your applique design to.
Before you start sewing all the pieces together, take a look at the diagram above so you can have a better idea of how all the pieces and rows will be connected. The red strips on the outside of the rectangle represent the quilt binding. You’ll need to cut two 35”x 1 1/2” strips of the same fabric you used for the binding for the design between the second and third rows.
Now, let’s start sewing! Sew one 5” x 1 1/2” on each side of the 5” x 5” square. I pinned the pieces together so you can see it where they need to be sewed together, but you don’t need to do that.
Sew all the pieces together with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Press the seams towards the square.
This is what you’ll have…

… now sew another square to the right side of the piece you just sewed together… you are starting to make the first row of the quilt. 

Keep sewing the 5” x 5” squares to the 5” x 1 1/2” strips until you get 8 separate rows (see picture above)

When you are done making the 8 rows, starting with the bottom row, sew one 35” x 1 1/2” strip to the top and bottom unfinished edges. 

Press the seams towards the squares.

Now sew another row to the top…
You don’t need to sew a 35” x 1 1/2” strip to the bottom.

Then if you take a quick look again to the diagram in the beginning of the tutorial you can easily notice how the rows are sewed together.   
Sew all the rows together like it is showing in the picture above (I forgot to take a picture showing all the 6 rows together on the bottom), including the extra row that is highlighted by the arrows…  Don’t worry if you have some pieces sticking out on the sides, just trim them off when you are done sewing everything together.
And there you have the front of your quilt done! All you need to do now is to quilt and bind your quilt.
If you would like to know how to quilt all the layers together and make / attach the binding to the quilt, follow this easy tutorial. You can also add an applique design to that extra row between the second and third rows.
Here is a picture of the quilt on my little girl’s crib.
I quilted this quilt in an all over free motion stippling design (see the two pictures above for a closer look). For the binding, I cut 2 1/1” strips and followed the tutorial previously mentioned. It may seem complicated to make this quilt, but believe me, If I made it you can definitely make one too! Sometimes it takes a little bit of practice 🙂

Quilt finished size is approx. 51” x 34”

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Come check out Patty Trends blog to find out more sewing and other craft tutorials!
Patty Wright

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