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Floating Squares Stroller Blanket

Updated February 22, 2019
Floating Squares Stroller Blanket
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If you've run out of baby quilt ideas for baby showers and little ones' birthdays, try making a patchwork stroller blanket instead of a ho-hum baby quilt pattern. The Floating Squares Stroller Blanket is a truly useful gift you quilt for a new mother. Use some cute charm quilt fabric to piece together a design that you know an expecting mother will love and be proud to show off on her stroller. Easy baby quilt patterns like this give you helpful alternatives to simply making a regular baby quilt.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size26 inches wide x 26 inches long

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePieced

Easy

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Charm Pack (16 of your favorite squares)
  • 16 white squares cut 5” x 5”
  • 4 focus fabric squares cut 5” x 5” (digital camouflage used here)
  • 28” x 28” flannel (or other soft fabric)
  • 1 grommet 1” diameter, optional


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start by building 4 blocks with 9 patches each. The focus squares should be in the center of each 9-patch. This would be the Alice spot, should you be a Brady fan.

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket
     
  2. Slice the 9-patch down the center in both directions to yield 4 different little blocks.

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket
     
  3. At this point you can rearrange these 1/4th blocks in any fashion you like. Simply rotate to make a pleasing pattern, and stitch the 1/4 blocks back together to make 4 larger blocks. Join the 4 large blocks together to form
    the top.

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket
     
  4. Once the small top is complete, press and starch the seams.
     
  5. Lay the top onto the soft background fabric, matching right sides. Pin around the perimeter. Sew with the back of the pieced top facing up. Use a 1/4” seam allowance to stitch around the perimeter leaving a 4” opening
    along one side.

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  6. Trim the excess soft fabric even with the pieced top. Trim the excess triangle portion in each corner. This will allow for a nice crisp point when the project is turned right side out.

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket
     
  7. Turn the project right side out through the opening. Press. Tuck the seam allowances at the opening into the project. Edge-stitch around the entire blanket. (This will close the opening.)

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  8. To finish the blanket, add a grommet or button hole to one corner of the project. This will allow you to link or tie the blanket to the stroller so it will not slip under the wheels during walks.

    Floating Squares Stroller Blanket

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Sewing one stich on an angle across the point or corner of anything creates a nice sharp corner when you turn it.

I am in LOVE with this pattern. I can't wait to start making it. I have a dear friend that I met online. Her mother is very ill and she is from Japan. I saw some fabric that is Japanese themed. I had to purchase it to make a lap quilt for her mother. I have been trying to think what would be a good pattern for a themed quilt. This is the perfect pattern. Looks like you have put so much effort into the quilt and it is all in the cutting. Who doesn't like that?

This is an amazingly easy and quick gift. I have made 8 of these for gifts. They are perfect for travel either in a car seat or stroller. It is a wonderful size for the little one who loves to carry their blanket with them everywhere. You could do it in flannel, no need for batting.

I love this. an easy way to make a nine patch special.

I love this idea. I use a lot of flannel and wondered if flannel would be too bulky ,etc for the top.

You can make this in flannel. it is perfect for this quilt.

Great idea instruction is easy to follow

This is really cute and looks simple enough. I'll be trying it soon!

can you make the floating square quilt block in a bigger quilt size

Hi, eyonnesanders 8288305. You could certainly make this quilt in a larger size! If you need help adjusting the pattern, try contacting the pattern designer directly for help. Best of luck! --Editors of FaveQuilts

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