Bridesmaid Dress Baby Quilt

A few months ago, I came across a picture on Pinterest of a woman who used a bridesmaid dress as fabric for a quilt to give as a baby gift for her friend (the bride). After some google investigation, I found her blog. I tucked this idea aside and hoped that I’d be able to do this at some point in the future.

That “future” arrived last month when a friend of a friend contacted me through Facebook, and showed me this exact same blog post as an example of what she was looking for. I was over the moon excited about this project.

The theme for the baby’s nursery is sailboats, so I went with that when selecting fabric. Because the bridesmaid dress is a satin, I was afraid of that fabric appearing out of place with other cotton or flannel squares. So, I decided to use an assortment of fabrics and textures. I think the finished product is amazing.

This quilt measures approximately 36″ square. The sailboat fabric is flannel, the red and white rope print is cotton, the brown and white stripes is seersucker, the blue nautical print is chambray, the white is muslin, and the brown is the dress. Baby blue minky dot fleece fabric was used to back the blanket.

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8 thoughts on “Bridesmaid Dress Baby Quilt

  1. Gorgeous quilt! I am about to start a baby quilt with bridesmaid dress fabric. Did you prewash your dress? What care instructions did you give to the recipient of the quilt? Thank you for your guidance!

    • I did not pre-wash the dress. There was a ton of tulle and I was scared to mess with that. I told the recipient to wash the quilt on a gentle cycle with cold water and dry on low. Those are the instructions I give for all my blankets and have never had a problem.

      • Thank you for the response. I ended up prewashing in a handwash cycle and low heat dryer. I decided if the material was unusable after that then there was no point making a baby quilt that couldn’t be washed. The dress came out perfect! I could have worn it out of the dryer!

      • That’s great!! I’d love to see a pic if you don’t mind sharing. I apologize for the delayed response. We were without a real computer for awhile, making blogging difficult. I’m back up and running now though. 🙂

      • I’m at the beginning of the process. I will try to remember to post a picture and link when it is complete.

    • I think I used 5.5″ squares for this quilt. I have another tutorial on the blog where I used larger squares and 5 fabrics (one being the dress) instead of 6. This blanket is not quilted. I quilted once with a minky back and said never again!

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