Making personalized baby boy quilts

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Brinley's finished Baby quilt by sonjalovas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonjalovas/4576299458/) via Creative Commons

If you have a friend who has a baby boy on the way, do you know what you are going to give her at the baby shower?  You want to give something that is meaningful and comes from the heart, but that will also come in handy for a mom.  So, what is it going to be?

Well, if you are handy with a sewing machine, there are a few good options available for you.  Personalized baby boy quilts are a wonderful DIY gift that you can take to your friend at her baby shower.  You can do it in just a few easy steps, which are listed below:

1.  Decide on fabric and a pattern.

Plenty of ideas can be found online.

2.  Cut out the pattern.

This is one of the more delicate steps in the process.  It has to be done precisely or the quilt won’t come out right.

3.  Sew blocks together.

Create the pattern of your choice by sewing the blocks together.  Do so with a ¼” seam allowance.

4.  Put a border around the quilt.

This is an optional step, but if you don’t have enough blocks to make the quilt as big as you had planned, the border can help.

5.  Choose batting.

High loft batting makes for a thicker and warmer quilt, but low loft batting is easier to put together.

6.  Choose backing material.

Backing material has to be a few inches bigger than the quilt from every side.

7.  Baste the three layers to one another.

Sew them together with a thread.  Remove the thread afterward.

8.  Sew everything together.

Use your sewing machine for this part.

9.  Finish the edges of the quilt.

You may have to remove the basting here.

10.  Personalize the quilt.

You can write the boy’s name (if the mother has decided on one yet) or a short inspirational message.

Now that you’re your friend’s resident expert of sewing personalized baby items, you already know what do when her son’s baptism is coming up – personalized baptism bibs!

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