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Make a Baby Cheater Quilt

Learn how to make a baby cheater quilt because it’s the easiest quilt to sew! It uses a little bit of fabric and it’s so fast to create!

Isn’t it so fun to make baby items? Everything is so cute, little, and colorful. I like to have an easy gift ready whenever there’s a new baby, but I don’t like spending a lot of time to make the baby gift.

That’s why I love making baby cheater quilts because they are so pretty and look like a time-intensive quilt, but they are so quick and easy! If you can sew a straight line you can make a baby cheater quilt!

diy baby cheater quilt

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diy baby cheater quilt

What is a cheater quilt?

A cheater quilt is a quilt that has one piece of fabric for the quilt top instead pieces of fabric sewn together. You can use cheater quilt fabric or just large stripes, buffalo plaid, or triangle fabric. Essentially you can use any fabric that has a grid you can follow.

Where to buy cheater quilt fabric?

Spoonflower has some great cheater quilt fabric options. I used this rainbow triangle fabric for my quilt top . A cheater quilt is such a great beginner sewing project!

diy baby cheater quilt

how to Make a Baby Cheater Quilt

This is how to make a throw size cheater quilt, so if you change the size it works just the same for a baby cheater quilt!


  • 1.25 yard of quilting cotton with stripes, plaid, or triangles
  • 1.25 yard coordinating quilting cotton for the back
  • 1.25 yard of batting
  • 5 yards of bias binding
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
baby cheater quilt supplies

Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric face down. Place the batting on top. Place the quilt top on top with right side facing up. I find it easiest to line up two sides to get everything in the right place and have any excess on the other two sides.

make a quilt sandwich

Use safety pins to hold the three layers together. I like to use them every 6-10 inches or so.

safety pin the three layers together

Sew a line of stitches along each line of the fabric design. This might look like stripes, this might look like a grid, or this might look like triangles.

I find a walking foot helps with preventing shifting or puckers anywhere on the fabric.

sew with a walking foot along the lines

Once the quilt top has been completely quilted cut off the excess fabric, batting, and backing. Only the top design should be left.

trim the excess from the sides

Finish the quilt by adding bias binding to the edges. You can use purchased bias binding or you can make your own bias binding. I made my own bias binding from the leftover fabric from the backing.

bind the quilt

Wash the quilt in hot water and dry it on hot. You finished!

diy baby cheater quilt

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy baby cheater quilt

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Why is it better to wash the completed quilt rather than washing the fabrics beforehand? Is that a good idea for all quilts?

Thank you!