quilt measurements for babies and toddlers

Oops one question I’ve been asked a few times since this blog post is ‘how big should I make my quilts?’.What a great and obvious question because not everyone has cots and bassinets in their house like I do. So I’ve grabbed the measuring tape and done a quick run around he house measuring and have the following numbers to give you…….and it’s a great excuse for a baby photo. I can’t believe this is my big baby almost 6 months ago.

a bassinet (well Emerson’s) measures 30 inches (length) x 17 inches (wide)

1 charm square sewn up makes a quilt with a finished size about 25 x 29inches without borders. I like to use this on bassinets and prams

2 charm square packs make a quilt 44 inches (length)  x 33 inches but of course this changes depending on how many square you have running down and across

Emerson’s cot measures 49 inches (length) x 28 inches (wide)

I hope this helps and if you have any more questions please ask. Now I’ve been asked if there are any Melbourne quilters who’d like to get together to make quilts so if you would like to then drop me a message in these comments and I’ll get you in touch with each other.


  1. lyn lindsay says:

    I have been making cot quilts for the last 21 years and have found the bigger the better as the babies can use them well past the cot usage, they can lay on the floor, they can cuddle under them when they are still at homes as toddlers, my older grandchildren still snuggle under them in winter, oh winter, please return.
    As always thanks Corrie for your blog, always enjoy it.
    Happy house reno’s.

    • I agree Lyn, AS bub gets bigger you’d be surprised at what you can use an oversized cot blanket for. One is tucking the toddler in so they can’y throw the quilt off as well as having plenty of room for good coverage over Baby’s back

      And I agree Winter ! where are you??

    • Lyn, what measurements would you recommend?

  2. I’m in Geelong and would love to travel to Melbourne to make quilts! Please let me know when and where 😉

  3. I make quilts but really need some free motion help/practice! I’m in Melbourne and would love a get together xx

  4. Hi Corrie!
    I’m a reader from portugal and I would like to thank you for this post.
    I’m a recent seamstress and quilter so all your tips are very useful.
    Congratulations on your lovely blog and work, kisses,

  5. Hi Corrie,

    Thanks for all your quilting posts! As a new quilter they’ve helped me enormously with getting started… I’m in Melbourne too and would love to be part of a quilting catch up/ group. Cheers!

  6. Thanks for asking the question about Melb quilters Corrie. I’m in Northern Country Vic & will happily travel to Melb for a quilting-day with others.

  7. I am a beginner to quilting but love to be part of the quilting day. I am in Melbourne and I’ll be happy to source and organise the venue if needed.

  8. Oh gosh, Emerson is the spitting image of my two as babies.

  9. Bec jacobs says:

    I am also in Melbourne and happy to get involved. Have a few friends I could also get involved.

  10. What a wonderful project to be part of. I am in Ballarat Victoria and would love to be part of a quilting day to help St Kilda Mums. Please let me know how.

  11. Fanastic. Thanks for the tip. I’m making a quilt for my niece and this will help a lot!


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