How to Make a Baby Onesie Quilt
Back in March, I received an email from Heather asking if I would be interested in taking on a commissioned quilt for her son. Heather received my information from a girl I went to college with, who now works at Heather's company. I seriously love how small the world can be. Speaking of small, I called the Honest Company on Monday to cancel my pre-natal subscription, and after ending the phone call I received a text from a girl who is from Pittsburgh. She now works at Honest Company and said, "You just called and talked to my coworker!" Seriously. This world is weird. Okay. Pregnancy tangents, let's get back to it. Heather emailed me in March with a request:
Could I make a quilt for her son's first birthday in June using his onesies she'd saved since he was a baby.
And because I like to take on things I've never done before, I said yes. :)
We talked about design ideas and possibilities and settled on a simple block quilt—simple and clean. Heather was coming to Pittsburgh that following weekend, so she dropped off a bag of onesies at my house.
And here I am to confess: The onesies sat in the bag until the end of April. I was swamped with projects and commitments that I needed to complete, but I was also terrified to cut up these onesies! Making a quilt out of something as precious as these pieces of clothing scared me a little bit. Okay, a lot a bit. I let these onesies stare up at me from their blue shopping bag. As I would stare back, I took these months to plan and think through how I would attack this quilt. I'm so happy that I didn't rush into cutting up the onesies. I'm so happy I took time to think through the material and structure and construction and plan. I learned a lot through the process of making this quilt, so I'm hoping that my tips will not only encourage you to potentially make one yourself, but also keep you from making some pretty big mistakes.
Let's get started.