How to Make a Butterfly Baby Quilt

This handmade and easy baby quilt is a great addition to any little one’s nursery. We have step by step instructions on how to make a baby quilt with a butterfly print. It is the perfect project to use up all the small scraps you’ve been saving for something. Give flight to these sweet little butterflies by making them out of pretty pastels and this quilt will brighten up any spot.


Instructions for a Free Butterfly Quilt Pattern

Fabric and Cutting Requirements:

Block Size: 12

Quilt Size: 48 x 48

Refer to the General Directions. Yardage is based on 40 wide fabric. (The yardage in parentheses is for borders cut crosswise and pieced.)

Rotary Cutting:

Measurements include ¼ seam allowances. Align arrows with lengthwise or crosswise grain of fabric.

White/Pink Print1 3/8 yards9 A, 54 D, 18 E, 18 F
(A, D, & E are white background, F pieces are pink block framing)
Light Pink1 1/2 yards
(+1 yard)
4 borders 4 ½” x 48 ½”, 12 F
   (F pieces are pink block framing)
Medium Pink Print3/8 yard5 binding strips 2 ½” x 40”
Bright scraps7/8 yard18 B, 18 C, 40 G
   (B & C pieces are butterflies, G pieces are squares in the frame at the corner of blocks)
Backing3 yards2 panels 26 ½” x 52”
Batting 52” x 52”

* Border dimensions are the exact length required, plus seam allowances.


  1. Wash and press fabrics. Cut the patches listed in the materials and cutting box and shown in the rotary cutting diagrams.
  2. To make the F/G unit, refer to Fig. 1. Sew G patches to the end of an F as follows: Fold a G in half diagonally and finger press the fold. Position a G at the end of an F. Stitch just outside the fold line. Fold the G triangle open and see if it matches the F underneath. If it does not, restitch. (Or an alternative method is to place ruler diagonally on each G piece and mark the seam line with a pencil.
  3. Referring to the partial quilt assembly diagram, alternately join 3 blocks with 2 light blue sashes (F’s) to make a block row. Make 3 block rows. Alternately join 3 sashes with 2 sash squares (G’s) to make a sash row. Make 2 sash rows. Join the block and sash rows as shown in the diagram.
  4. Yardage for the mitered borders is given. Sew the borders to the quilt, mitering the corners or butting them as you prefer.
  5. Mark the quilting design you prefer on the blue borders. Layer the quilt backing, batting, and top. Baste with large safety pins. Quilt in-the-ditch around the block patches, along the sashes, and around the appliqué. Quilt the border as marked. Bind the quilt to finish.

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From the first time I sewed the buttons on backward and clipped a hole in the front of my first blouse in high school home economics, I’ve been hooked on sewing. I have been sewing and making crafts for over 40 years and enjoy the process of creating something unique and exactly what I want.

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