Bow Tie Baby Quilt – Free Baby Quilt Pattern



This Bow Tie Baby Quilt Pattern will make the perfect quilt for a baby you love! It’s sweet and simple and goes with just about any fabric. This quilt is so easy to make, it’s a great pattern to whip up on short notice. Use your favorite fat quarter bundle or grab your scrap bucket and make it scrappy & happy!

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In January I gave you this easy tutorial for an 8″ Bow Tie Quilt Block.

And now I’m finally ready to share with you a pattern for the quilt that I made out of my bow tie blocks! This easy baby quilt finishes at 40” square. Without too much trouble, you can piece it in a day – I promise.

The bow ties are cut from 4 fat quarters – so run to your stash and find 4 coordinating ones!

Bow Tie Baby Quilt Pattern

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard each (or 4 fat quarters) of 4 different print fabrics 1 1/4 yards of solid cream-colored fabric

  • 1/2 yard small print fabric for binding

  • 48’’ square of quilt batting

  • 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 yards of backing fabric, depending on the width



From 3 of the print fabrics, cut:

  • 6 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ (18 total)

  • 6 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ (18 total)

From the remaining print fabric, cut:

  • 8 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’

  • 8 squares 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’

From the solid fabric, cut:

  • 26 squares 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ • 12 squares 8 1/2’’ x 8 1/2’’

Sewing the Bow Tie blocks:

All seam allowances are 1/4’’.

1. Using the fabric marking pen, draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of each 2 1/2’’ square (26 total).

2. Pin a 2 1/2’’ square in the corner of each 4 1/2’’ solid square (26 total).


3. Stitch along the drawn line on each smaller square.

4. Trim away the corner 1/4’’ past the line of stitching.


5. Press the corner open.

Repeat steps 3-4 for all of the 2 1/2’’ print squares and 4 1/2’’ solid squares.


6. To make a bow tie block, arrange two 4 1/2’’ print squares with two matching solid squares with print corners as pictured.


7. Sew the squares into rows and then sew the rows together, pressing after sewing each seam.

Repeat to make 13 bow tie blocks.

Trim each block to 8 1/2’’ square, if necessary.


Sew the blocks together:

1. Arrange the bow tie blocks and solid 8 1/2’’ squares into 5 rows:

  • 3 rows with 3 bow tie blocks and 2 solid squares

  • 2 rows with 2 bow tie blocks and 3 solid squares

Pay close attention to the direction of the bow tie blocks within each row (the bow ties in rows 2 and
4 slant in the opposite direction as the bow ties in rows 1, 3, and 5).

The arrangement of the different prints can be random or logical.

2. Sew the 5 rows.

3. Sew the rows together.


1. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top. Baste together with fusible batting, pins, or basting spray. Quilt as desired.

2. From the binding fabric cut 4-5 strips 2 1/2’’ tall (if your fabric is wide enough, only 4 strips will be needed).

3. Sew the binding strips together and bind the quilt using your favorite method.


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