Sew,Mama,Sew! Doll Quilt Sew-Along ~ Part 1

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Alissa designed an easy and fun Sew-Along for Fat Quarter Month. Welcome to Part 1 of our Sew,Mama,Sew! Doll Quilt Sew-Along.Today we’ll cut and piece our quilt tops. If you have any questions throughout the sew-along, be sure to visit the Sew-Along area of the forum. Add pics along the way if the mood strikes, either in the forum or in the Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool.

From Alissa:
I hope you’ll join us in this simple doll quilt sew along!

If you’ve been wanting to tackle quilting, this is a perfect first project to learn all the steps. If you’re a seasoned quilter, perhaps this is an opportunity to try something new. What about using a color combo you don’t usually turn to or trying out a new quilting technique?

The sew along will be broken down into four posts over the course of two weeks. You’ll have plenty of time to keep up and make a cute doll quilt along with us!



The finished doll quilt.

Breakdown of the sew along:

  • Part 1: Cutting and piecing your quilt top
  • Part 2: Embellishing your quilt top, making your quilt “sandwich”
  • Part 3: Quilting your doll quilt
  • Part 4: Binding your doll quilt

The finished quilt will measure 16” x 19”.


  • Variety of fabric for patchwork front – no piece is longer than 16.5”, making this the perfect project for fat quarters!
  • 1 fat quarter for back
  • 18” X 22” of batting
  • 80 inches of binding, or the fabric to make it (about an 1/8 of a yard or half a fat quarter)


  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Basting pins or spray
  • Optional: Walking and/or darning foot for your sewing machine

Part 1: Cutting and piecing your doll quilt top

Use a rotary cutter and mat to cut your fabric.

  • 20 3.5” square blocks of different fabrics – choose as many or as few different fabrics as you’d like
  • 2 side border strips of 2.5” x 15.5”
  • 2 top & bottom border strips of 2.5” x 16.5”
Lay out your fabric in the design you like.
Ok now that it’s all cut out, let’s start sewing it all together! While piecing the entire quilt top, always sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Sew the first two blocks, right sides together.
Continue sewing blocks into 5 rows.
Press all of the seams open.
One by one, sew the 5 rows together, taking care that your seams line up, to make up the center of the quilt top. Press all of your seams well.
Sew on the side borders, (the 2 15.5” strips) and then the top and bottom borders (the 16.5” strips).
Again, press all of your seams and you have a completed, cute doll quilt top!

Check back in later this week for the next step: embellishing your quilt top, and making the quilt “sandwich.”

See you then!

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91 Responses to Sew,Mama,Sew! Doll Quilt Sew-Along ~ Part 1

  1. body detox says:

    this is such a wonderful pattern..thank you very much…

  2. debra b - mi says:

    Great tutorial. I don’t quilt enough and just not ready to make a big project, but I think I will check my scraps and make one for my neighbor’s daughter. Thanks for the great step by step with such beautiful fabrics.

  3. cosigolal says:

    nice, really nice!

  4. Norma in NZ says:

    I’m really excited to have found this tutorial. I have lots of scrap fabric that would make up beautifully as a doll quilt. Looking forward to getting started real soon.

  5. Lynda MO says:

    All righty then…your project found its way to me this evening as I sat here with yarn to crochet booties and a pile of fabrics for a quilt. Your tutorial looks to be just the right amount of “super-vision”. Thanks.

  6. This tute totally rocks! I’ve just published a link to your post on my blog. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.


  7. Beth says:

    Great Tute! I was considering joing the doll quilt swap 6, and this is just what I needed! I think I will head to the quilt store tomarrow to pick up soem fq’s and a darning foot.

  8. valerie says:

    OH my goodness, another project but I sure need the experience, Thank you. I will be following you on this. I am late but will start it hopefully on Sunday. I am so excited. I don’t know how to machine quilt good at all so I am hoping this will help me and in the process I will be making a nice little gift for someone special.

  9. Jenny says:

    Yes, I’ve wanted to do a quilt for ages but didn’t know where to start. Haven’t got fat quarters but I’m going to use fabric from my daughter’s old clothes. It would be great to have a guide on choosing colours – I have no idea on what will go with what.

  10. Stacy says:

    Oh, I wish I had the guts to try quilting! My first experience was bad and I have not had the guts to try again.

  11. naomi says:

    Ooh I’m gonna join in! It would be fun if there was a Mr. Linky thing so we could see each others projects, would that be possible? Looks like quite a few are planning to have a go and its always fun to share!

  12. Baba says:

    Doll quilts are always a fun easy project to do. Great tutuorial!

  13. Aimee says:

    This is just what I need! Although I’ve sewn a few quilt squares, I have yet to actually quilt and bind a whole quilt, and I’ve been dying to try it. Thanks Alissa!

  14. Michelle says:

    I’ve been too scared to make a quilt….but this makes it look easy! And fun! Thank you….I’m going to try to make one for my daughter’s babydolls.

  15. Sweet Em says:

    I want to do this…I really really really want to do this…

    We’ll see if I do this.

  16. Sabra says:

    I will be doing this along with you for sure. Great practice.

  17. Jennifer says:

    So lovely, and well-delivered. Makes me itch to get back in the studio.

  18. Heather B says:

    Perfect timing! I’m going to have my daughter pick out fabrics this weekend!

  19. Lesley Stenning says:

    sweet, i’ve been wanting to make one of these for the wall in my baby girl’s room…i’ll have to carve out some time to try it 🙂

  20. Karen says:

    I love the fussy cut owls. Must get some of that fabric.

  21. Shaz says:

    Thanks for posting this tutorial, thirlled to follow along, and inspired to start new quilts!

  22. Emily S says:

    Aren’t doll quilts just the best? Have you ever seen Hillary Langs doll quilt wall that she made for her nursery a couple of years ago? Very inspiring!

  23. Tammy :) says:

    This is really cute!

  24. Kim says:

    I know a lot of little girls and their dolls that will benefit from this easy tutorial. Thanks for the motivation.

  25. Regina says:

    This is so great – and what you can do on this small scale you can do bigger, too!
    I think I am going to get my 4 year old to pick out some squares from my scraps and see what we can make for his “buddies”.

  26. jacquie says:

    i’m in! i love making little quilts to try out things for big quilts. it’s a great way to experiment.

  27. alison says:

    Oh boy, oh boy, a sew-along! I’m so in! 😀

  28. Cheryl says:

    I have been wanting to do some quilting since the new year started, but the idea of making a big quilt just set me back from doing it. I think I am going to join this doll quilt along and make a couple for my twin nieces.

  29. Sarah says:

    Oh how I wish I could take on another project right now! I love this doll quilt. Thank you so much for sharing!

  30. Laura says:

    Thanks for posting these fat quarter projects. I’ve never done a quilt so this looks like a great place to start. Thanks!

  31. Mirza says:

    I am loving this tutorial!!!! What a great idea. Looking forward to giving it a try!

  32. Esther says:

    I’ve only recently discovered the joys of the sewing machine that I bought with good intentions years ago – things always looked so daunting! Thanks to the handmade holidays month – you’ve cured me of that!
    This dolls quilt is perfect for trying out new skills on! It’s not the piecing that puts me off quilts – its being brave enough to sew squiggles all over the quilt that scares the life out of me!! Looking forward to the final tutorial….

  33. Sam says:

    This is a great tutorial. I’ve never done any quilting so this is a great beginner project for me. Especially since I know someone who needs a quilt for their doll 🙂

  34. Jillene says:

    I am so excited to get into this. Now that i am a grandmother i guess i need to start acting like one.

  35. Alisa says:

    I like it! Very well written tutorial.

  36. Sara says:

    I am going to do this…I am really good at piecing…but, the quilting part scares me – so, I want to try – and this is the perfect size for me to work on!!!

  37. Beth says:

    I was just going to start my first doll quilt – I thought it would be a good way to learn how to quilt. Thanks for the kick in the pants to get started! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  38. Shanna says:

    I’m so glad you are doing this tutorial! I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much.

  39. Bethany says:

    I have taken on the ambitious project of making a twin size quilt for my daughter. This is my first quilt in a long while, so I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, but very excited. I am excited to see this sew-along as I have wanted the opportunity to try free motion quilting. I will have to do it. Thank you for the encouragement to try something new.

  40. ann says:

    I love fat quarters! They’re probably the reason I don’t have any full size quilts here at home! Hmmmm…that just gave me an idea-how about a full size quilt made with fat quarter blocks!? OOOhhh! I might just have to try that, to clean out the stash! Love the tutorial!

  41. Libby says:

    Doll quilts are so much fun. A great way to satisfy your quilting urge with a quick fix.

  42. Hilda says:

    I am starting this tonight! I have desperately been wanting to try quilting and just didn’t know where to start. Thanks so much for this!

  43. I’m soooo excited! Gonna pick my fabric out tonight and start on this tomorrow! Thanks!

  44. Lori says:

    This is the perfect chance for me to try my “hand” at quilting. Thanks

  45. Sue Cahill says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – I can use this with my granddaughters to help them make their own doll quilts.

  46. Suzi says:

    I’m going to try and join in. I have never joined a sew along.

  47. Stockton says:

    Oh this looks so fun – I think I am going to have to try, even though I probably shouldn’t cram anything else into my schedule!

  48. Stacey says:

    This quilt is so cute!

  49. Danielle says:

    I have never actually quilted. I have pieced together tops and tied quilts but not quilted. Looks like this is just the right size to learn on.

  50. Diane says:

    Yea!!!! I want to learn to quilt, and this is just the perfect way to begin. Thanks so much!

  51. Kate M. says:

    Very cute. Too bad I’m terrified of patchwork. I just know that I’d never be able to make all the corners meet up so perfectly.

  52. Suzanne says:

    Perfect!!! I have been wanting to make a small one for my son’s Auntie’s daughter!!!

  53. Helena says:

    How cute. I can’t wait to show my 11 year old. She might try this project herself. I might have make it to for my 3 yr old too.:)

  54. I’ve been wanting to make a doll quilt for a while. There no stopping me now. Thanks

  55. Megan says:

    Oh, I have wanted to attempt a quilt! I think I will try. Thanks!

  56. Christine says:

    Quilting always looked so complicated to me, but seeing part one of this sew-along makes it seem like even *I* could do it! 🙂

  57. Lisa says:

    Still working up the nerve…

  58. julia says:

    oh, simple, sweet and fun…

  59. Sarah says:

    I love this sew along project. Thank you!

  60. Marcia says:

    I went right to my room to make one of these. How cute. I just used scraps and 1 fat quarter. Now I’ll be looking for fat quarters to match more of my scraps to!

  61. alisha says:

    A friend gave me some fabric a few weeks ago to make a doll quilt, but I wasn’t sure where to start. What great timing!

  62. Devon says:

    this is awesome, I think I will try it as my first quilt. My niece and daughter will love to have a finished one for their dolls.

  63. Amy says:

    What fun!! And I love those kitty paws in the first picture. I think every sewing room should have at least 4.

  64. Trina says:

    I need to make one of these for my niece. Sh got a baby doll car seat for Christmas, and she is loving taking the doll for rides in her Barbie jeep (that she got for her summer birthday -not the least bit spoiled *smiles*) So I think I will make it pink, purple, and green to match her jeep.

  65. Casey says:

    I’ll have to start on this tonight, looks fun

  66. Liz says:

    I really like your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing!

  67. Lily says:

    can’t wait for the rest of the series! thanks so much!

  68. Betsy M says:

    I am so excited to see the next steps. Thanks !

  69. Donette says:

    LOVE IT!! This might be a project that my daughter can participate in!

  70. Shannon says:

    I’m joining! It’ll be my first quilt:)

  71. jodie says:

    I just finished my first doll quilt. Now, I’m going to join in on thid fun!

  72. Karen says:

    So cute! Love it!!!

  73. Carla says:

    This is great! Thank you! Looks like a wonderful tutorial.

  74. Toby says:

    Thank you!

  75. Katie says:

    I really like the fabric used for this quilt. I love just regular square patchwork quilts.

  76. Terriaw says:

    I really want to join in this sew-along. I already have ideas for fabric combinations, so I will get started on these steps. Great idea and great project for a sew-along!

  77. Kay says:

    I like all of the detailed photos as it helps someone who’s never quilted before ..

  78. mary says:

    This is great! I wanted to start quilting and this is the perfect size and at the right time!

  79. Jess says:

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to try making a quilt, but was afraid to try a big one. This will be great, only I’ll have to make at least four of them (one for each of my daughters!).

  80. Lola Jo says:

    Oh this is just perfect timing! Just yesterday I picked up some quarters and remnants that would be PERFECT for this sew along! I’d better get cutting!

  81. shaina says:

    That’s a fun little quilt. My girls love a homemade blankie for their dollies. Can’t wait to see how it all gets put together.

  82. JaneR says:

    Great progressive photos for this classic doll quilt. Thank-you!

  83. Shawna says:

    ok- I think I may join in. This will be my first quilt. Thanks!

  84. Rachel says:

    This looks liek a fun, quick project!! I’ll have to give it a try!


  85. My daughter’s doll is looking pretty cold right now. I’m looking forward to making her this quilt!

  86. Deanne says:

    This would be a great first quilt top for children learning to sew. I am thinking it would be a great little piece to try out machine quilting on as well. Time to dig through the stash and see if my girls and I can’t make a couple quilts 🙂

  87. Trisha says:

    Oh, my girls would love doll quilts! Maybe this will have to be my next project… 🙂

  88. Nakole says:

    That is adorable. I am so excited to get started! Thanks

  89. Catarina says:

    I have never done any quilting in my life, but with this tutotrial, I might give it a try…!

  90. Tina says:

    I have been wanting to get back into quilting. This might be a fun way to get back into things. Thanks for creating the sew alongs! I have everything I would need to make this upstairs in my craft closet!

  91. Anya T. says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

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