Hattie’s DIY Quilt

My friend and DIY genius Chris Wrobleski made a beautiful quilt for Hattie with vintage Dior cashmere squares, along with a bunch of other gorgeous fabrics. It’s amazing! I love it so much, I asked him to share instructions for those of you who would like to make your own.

Hattie’s Quilt

Materials Needed

  • Miscellaneous fabrics: Several patterns (a quarter yard of each)
  • Quilting batting (available at most fabric stores)
  • One pieces of fabric approximately one foot longer and one foot wider than you want your final quilt to be
  • Sewing machine with thread


Step 1:
Select several fabrics to use for your quilt. Nine or ten different patterns works well (for example dots, solids, stripes, floral, etc). Remember, if you are doing a baby quilt, you will want the softest materials you can find. It can be a lot of fun to use vintage clothes.

Step 2:
Machine wash (cold) and dry your fabrics. If you have some delicate fabrics that cannot be washed, then exclude them from this step.

Step 3:
Trace your squares on the back of the fabric using a ruler and a pencil or chalk, then cut them out with scissors or a rotary tool.

For Hattie’s quilt I used 4 inch by 4 inch squares. You should cut the squares about 1 inch larger than you want them to be on the final quilt to allow for the hem.

Step 4:
Lay your squares out in the order or pattern you want. I usually try to avoid having the same fabric side by side.

Step 5:
Sew the squares together. This needs to be done in an orderly fashion to maintain the pattern you laid out.

Start by sewing two squares together at a time. Flip one square over on to the one next to it, and sew along the edge the two squares were touching. Repeat this until each square is sewn to another.

When this is completed, repeat the process with the two-square pieces, and so on. You can do this in any order that makes the most sense to you.

When you are finished you will have the top of your quilt.

Step 6:
Cut the batting slightly larger than your quilt top to allow for a border. For a two inch border, cut the batting 4 inches longer and 4 inches wider than your quilt top.

Place the material you chose for the back of the quilt face down on the floor or table, center the batting over the backing, then center the quilt top over the batting. Trim the backing to be large enough to fold about a one-inch hem over to touch the quilt top.

Step 7:
Fold the small hem over on the backing; then fold the hem over to overlap slightly on the quilt top, and pin it down.

Continue this all the way around the quilt.

The corners will overlap, but by stitching a simple box, you can make the corners look clean and finished.




Step 8 (Optional):
You can now hand stitch patterns in your quilt, or do simple tufts with yarn. To create patterns, use a simple needle and thread and stitch all the way through your quilt. You can draw patterns with chalk if you have something specific in mind. For the yarn tufts, use a large needle and yarn. Decide whether you want the tufts on the corners or the centers of the squares.

Sew large stitches with the yarn on the top of the quilt, but very small stitches through the back of the quilt, leaving the large stitches on the front very loose. You are going to cut the large stitches to tie the tufts. Simply sew in succession on the corners or in the centers of the squares until the quilt is covered, then cut the middle of the large stitches on the top and knot them with the other end.


Thank you Chris! Have you received a handmade gift you love?

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  • Maribeth Llopiz

    The quilt is stunning! I have been saving my daughters dresses since she was born..she is now sixteen and am having a quilt made using all of the different fabrics from her dresses and giving it to her when she goes off to college. I wish I had the talent to make it myself!!

  • Ginnie R

    Thanks for sharing Tori! What a great idea! Guess I’m gonna have to go thrift some fun, vintage clothing for fabric! Love it!!

  • victoria silva

    Tori…Quilting is such a wonderful and time honored tradition…Hattie can pass this on to her children…and make for a family treasure… to cherish forever.

    I handcraft just about everything…and my shop reflects my passion for all things made by hand…but I suppose my favorite handcrafted items have come from my daughters… and I keep these treasures in my china cabinet…along with my china and silver.


    Victoria Silva

  • victoria silva

    Tori…The quilt is beautiful by the way…and the correct spelling of my shop is

    Double blessings

    Victoria Silva

  • Jeanne Tutt

    Tori! you are amazing! after you got done with this did buggy Liam and Stella want one? I’ve heard of people that take pieces of old chothing you loved and wanted to keep and cut it into squares to make a memory quilt of sorts. so you have it but it doesn’t take up all that space.


  • Carly Brierly

    i am so doing this with my toddlers baby clothes..the ones i can stand to cut up….haha

  • Susan Grayson

    Your quilt is so beautiful and gorgeous! Your friend, Chris Wrobleski must have a great taste of Quilt style for your Hattie. Awesome job, Chris!!

  • Kate Gallagher

    Aww that’s cute I wish I had a sewing machine to do that with.

  • Lila Marie

    Love this!!!

    I need a kick in the arse to get me sewing again but weeeeeeeeeee :)

  • Suzanne Brown

    So sweet handmade things are my fav and this is for sure!

  • Stacie Grissom

    That quilt is so cute. I love to sew and make things as well. :)

  • Shawn Lenocker

    What a FABULOUS quilt. Such beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing!! smiley-laughing.gif I really liked the step-by-step directions with pictures. It looks like even a first-time quilter (like me) can make this so I am going to give it a try with some vintage fabrics. Wish me luck!smiley-kiss.gif

  • Krista Shoemaker

    what a beautiful quilt!! There is something so special about handmade gifts =) I love sewing!!! I just totally suck at it…Im going to have to practice because I really do love making quilts, pajamas, and skirts =)

  • Lisa R.

    Beautiful quilt. I love handmade things.

  • Andi Pearce

    Love love love this!!! Can’t wait to start one :0)

  • Dekota Marie

    I love this! I have material to make a quilt but sadly, I have yet to do it! And it has been in there for over a year. This is very inspiring!

  • JulieG

    Adorable. Check out some great gift wrap paper I designed just in time for the holiday season! More to come, but for starters…

  • doreen porzio

    Tori, this quilt looks so beautiful! I totally love the colors & fabrics!! U are so Amazing!! U can do it all!! U are giving great step by step instructions… I would love to try this, don’t know if I could do it just right now! One day, when I get more courageous! Never was too good at sewing, even though ur convincing us we don’t have to be!! smiley-undecided.gif

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  • Susie Peck

    Such an amazingly beautiful quilt. My husband bought me a sewing machine over a year ago because I’ve always wanted to be able to sew with a machine. Well, it’s been over a year and there my machine still sits, unused. 😀 Guess I’m a little intimidated by it. I need to find a sewing class, which is quite difficult in the area I live in. :(

  • Andrea Worley

    this is really beautiful! what a great peice for her to have her whole life!

    thanks for the tutorial.