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What Size is a Lap Quilt?

Discover how to make the perfectly proportioned lap quilt. Includes lap quilt size charts.

What Size is a Lap Quilt
What Size is a Lap Quilt

Quilts that keep you cozy are the ultimate homemade gift. Offering just a little bit of comfort is a simple way to really make an impact on someone's life (or your own)! Lap quilt patterns are some of our most popular quilting patterns because they're quick to make. Figuring out how long or wide to make your lap quilt, however, can be a challenge. That's why we've created this lap quilt sizing resource complete with lap quilt sizing charts.

Lap quilt patterns are generally smaller than your typical throw quilt pattern. A lap quilt is a blanket you use to cover your legs or lap. They are often used in small reading nooks, in the living room, or created for those who are wheelchair-bound and need something cozy to keep them warm. A lap quilt pattern is usually a rectangle or square shape. 

What is a lap quilt?

A lap quilt is a quilt that is used to cover a person's lap or legs. They are generally smaller than a throw quilt and come in all shapes and sizes. While a throw quilt can get away with being a bit too bulky, you should pay special attention to who will be using the lap quilt and where they will be using it. You want the quilt to be comfy, but not burdensome. This is especially important when you are making a lap quilt for someone in a wheelchair. Too big of a quilt will make it hard to move around. Often times, these quilts are more rectangular in size.

Lap Quilt Sizes Chart

Looking for a guide to making the perfect lap quilt? Check out our free size chart below for some size guidelines.

Lap Quilt Size Width Length
Small 36 inches 45 inches
Small 36 inches 48 inches
Medium 30 inches 60 inches
Large 45 inches 60 inches
Large / Long 54 inches 72 inches

Wheel Chair Quilt Sizes

Looking to make a wheel chair quilt? Check out our chart below for the perfect size.

Wheel Chair
Quilt Size
Width Length
Small 33 inches 40 inches
Small Square 36 inches 36 inches
Medium 36 inches 40 inches
Large 40 inches 40 inches

Lap Quilt Patterns

Want to make a lap quilt but don't know where to start? Check out some of our favorite free lap quilt patterns below for some ideas.

Crossroads Lap Quilt Tutorial

This charm pack friendly free quilting pattern is ideal for a lap quilt pattern. The square shape makes it perfect for your reading nook or couch.

Love Booth Lap Quilt

Ideal for showing some love, this heart quilt pattern makes a great gift.

Plus Quilt Pattern

One of the easiest lap quilt patterns we have, this adorable pattern uses fat quarter pieces to make the fun plus signs pattern.

Retro Spools Lap Quilt Pattern

With a color scheme inspired by the show Mad Men, this vintage spool quilt pattern is simple enough for quilting beginners and is a quick weekend project that you can whip up in no time. 

Mae's Daisy Lap Quilt Pattern

Charming and girly, this daisy pattern makes a great gift for a little girl. Floral, multi-colored blooms make this design pop but you could easily mute it with more pastel fabric.

Grandmother's Trellis Lap Quilt Pattern

This vintage pattern is a charming way to explore multiple fabric prints in one quilt. We love this pattern because it's a modern take on a vintage look.

Simple and whimsical, this lap quilt pattern would be perfect for a kid's room. The playful circles against a white background help the pattern really pop despite it's simple design.

Stacked Bricks Disappearing Nine Patch

This smaller rectangle quilt pattern would make a fantastic wheel chair quilt. The shape and size makes it easy to stay cozy in a wheel chair without being too bulky.

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