Jungle Lattice: Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I’ve been on a kick with baby quilts lately. I’ve put together a free baby quilt pattern that’s totally doable for beginners and intermediate quilters, too!

This baby quilt tutorial uses charm squares (5″ x 5″ precut squares, which you can also cut from other fabric in your stash) and crisp, white sashing, for an effect that looks like a lattice fence, with pops of bright color popping through! I chose “jungle colors” with a pop of brightness to match a baby boy’s nursery, but you can customize this pattern and colors to fit the size and look of your preferred quilt. Bright, monochromatic (all one color) prints look great with this quilt pattern, and the white lattice really brightens up whatever colors you choose.

I hope you enjoy this free baby quilt pattern! Let’s get started.

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Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Finished Quilt Size: Approx. 40″ x 48″


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– 40 fabric squares 5″ x 5″ (5 each of 8 assorted prints)
– 1 3/4 yards of white fabric for sashing, corner and side triangles and border
– 3/8  yard of binding fabric
– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric
– 44″ x 52″ batting

Cutting Instructions:

– Cut 10 strips 1 1/2″ x WOF  (width of fabric / selvage to selvage) for sashing (the lattice).
– Cut 4 white squares 9″, and cut each in half TWICE diagonally to make 16 quarter-square triangles.
– Cut 1 white square 9 1/2″, and cut in half ONCE diagonally to make 2 half-square triangles.
– Cut 4 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF for borders.
– Cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF for binding.

All seams are 1/4″ and pressed open, unless otherwise noted.


1) Chain stitch your charm squares to the white sashing strips, sewing them onto the white strip one after another. Don’t worry about leaving much space between them, because you will later cut them apart. Leave 8 squares without a white strip. You should be able to sew 8 squares each onto 4 strips, for a total of 32 squares with a border, and 8 squares without a border strip.


2) Cut apart the charm squares, trimming the white side borders equal with the sides of the square.

3) Arrange your charm squares on point (like a diamond) in a color arrangement that’s pleasing to you, with the white stripes resting between adjacent blocks. If you used a design wall to arrange the blocks, you can refer to a photo for block orientation. Arrange the squares without the stripes toward the ends of the rows, as pictured.



4) Stitch together the rows as pictured above (rows are diagonal starting at the top left corner):

Row 1: 2 squares / 3 strips
Row 2:
4 squares / 5 strips
Row 3: 6 squares / 7 strips
Row 4:
8 squares / 9 strips
Row 5: 8 squares / 9 strips
Row 6:
6 squares / 7 strips
Row 7: 4 squares / 5 strips
Row 8:
2 squares / 3 strips

5) Arrange the white half-square triangles at the ends of each row, to make the quilt rectangular in shape. The long side of each triangle should face out toward the border of the quilt top. Stitch the triangles to the rows.

6) Place the larger triangles in opposite corners of the quilt, with the long side of the triangles facing the pairs of two squares. Stitch the triangles to the two wide corners.


7) Trim the sides of the corner triangles even with a ruler and rotary cutter. (Note: With a 9 1/2” square cut along the diagonal, you shouldn’t have to trim like I did here. You’ll have extra fabric in the corners! I used a 7 1/2” square.)

8 ) Lay out your remaining sashing strips between each row, and stitch to between neighboring rows to join them. Sew the longer strips first. Trim the excess sashing strips and join them to other strips to get the length you need.

9) Continue adding sashing strips to the rows, pressing your seams as you go. I pressed the seams open, which gives this quilt a crisp, clean look with sharp angles.


10) Add a 3 1/2″ border to the left and right sides of your quilt. Trim off the excess. Add a 3 1/2″ border to the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim. Press the seams toward the border.

11) Baste and quilt your baby quilt. Trim the borders even around the edges of the quilt, measuring 3″ from the seam. Sew on binding.

Lattice Baby Quilt

I chose wide, wavy lines and a slight woodgrain pattern for quilting this baby quilt. I would have added an extra layer of quilting between each of the wavy lines to make it tighter and more textured, but I ran out of white thread and was on a deadline. I am excited that this quilt gets to stay in the family! It’s fun to sew for people you know, isn’t it?

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this free baby quilt pattern and photo tutorial. If you make this or any projects from Craft Buds, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!


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  38 comments for “Jungle Lattice: Free Baby Quilt Pattern

  1. Christine Sherman
    March 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you so much! I love this. I have a charm pack I have been waiting to use and this is perfect for it!!

  2. Kathy Brady
    March 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I love the Jungle Lattice Baby Quilt. I have so much stash of kid’s prints that will go nicely in this pattern

  3. March 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Great use for charm squares there, I might use this to whip up a couple of charity quilts at some point

  4. Joyce Mitchell
    March 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Great pattern. I usually buy at least 4 or 5 of the same charm packs, but I have some singletons, so this pattern will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  5. March 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Found your blog through pinterest. This quilt is just so precious! I see charm packs at Big Lots (and have bought quite a few). This will be a great use for them. :)

    • Norma
      August 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Nessa–you said you found quilt packs at Big Lots–is that the large discount store here in California? If so which store did you find them in and what part of the store–I am located in San Diego

  6. Karen
    April 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Great tutorial ! Thank you.

  7. Kristen
    June 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Hello! I love the pattern – thank you. I also LOVE the colors. They are the colors we are doing for our nursery. What charm pack did you use?? Thanks!

    • June 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

      I Kristen! Lindsay’s been busy so I’ll answer what I can. She used fabrics from a few different lines (info on how to cut charm squares is here), but here are the ones I recognize. White background, orange flowers: Michael Miller Madrona Road Wild Carrot Tangerine, Orange with white crosshatch: Michael Miller Madrona Road Haystack Tangerine, Gray with black buds: Flea Market Fancy Legacy Collection Eyelet Grey, Green with white/brown leaves: Flea Market Fancy Legacy Collection Leaf & Dot Green, White circles on lime background: Metro Living Retro Circles on Green by Kaufman Fabric in Chartreuse. That still leaves a few fabrics but that’ll at least get you started!

      • Kristen
        June 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Thank you Mary! That definately helps me get started and certainly can fill in the rest.

  8. laura
    October 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    hi. I do like your quilt. v much. which is why I’ve just followed the pattern. and then looked back. Different finished photo, to the pattern? or am I going crazy….? Am slightly irritated to have ended up with a square quilt, but will get over it. Lovely pattern, v easy to follow and quick to complete, but your photos are misleading, in the least offensive way possible. xx

    • November 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hi Laura! I’ve studied the pattern, and I can see what you are saying. It’s all in the way you sew together rows 4 and 5. If side by side (like the photos), it will be a square shape, and if you sew them slightly askew, it will be oblong. Does that sound correct to you? If so, I’ll add a note to update the pattern! I’m counting 40 squares in each, and you are correct that my photos of the layout look more square than oblong.

      • T walker
        July 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

        I made this. There is a typo, the 7 1/2″ square should be 9 1/2″. Otherwise is great

  9. nivethita
    July 23, 2014 at 1:46 am

    hi there,
    fantastic work. very easy yet very attractive. I have been reserving a charm pack for vry long time and im happy that today i have a project too. . my daughter would feel happy. .
    with love from india. .

  10. Liz
    January 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I wish I’d read all the comments before I put the blocks together. I followed the layout shown at the top of page 6 and ended with a square quilt.
    Also, no mention is made of trimming and squaring the quilt before adding the borders. This might be helpful for novice quilters.

    • January 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Liz! I’ve been meaning to update this post for ages, but your comment reminded me. I apologize for the misleading photos. I’ve updated the post with text early on that I think will help others with assembly.

      • Liz
        January 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Look carefully at the picture following instruction #11. I think the first row has one not two blocks.

      • Sherri
        July 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

        Lindsay, Can you please post a revision to this quilt so I can finish mine soon? 😊

      • Crystal
        September 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

        I printed this pattern about 4 years ago when I was trying to decide on a quilt for my new grandson. I chose a different pattern at the time but saved this one because I loved it so much. Now I am expecting a new granddaughter in October this year. I really wished I had gone back to see all the comments before starting this. I also ended up with a square quilt, which I also can live with but because it is 44 inches wide I had to order more fabric for backing. That could have been a disaster since I planned the top from all the colors in the backing. I chose to make a scrappy binding with bias strips left from the top since I chose individual prints rather than using a charm pack and lots of stores will not cut less than 1/4 yard so I had lots of good sized scraps. I still love the pattern and will print a copy of your new revised instructions to keep for future reference.

  11. Lisa
    February 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The instructions for cutting the white squares have the measurements switched. It should read ‘cut 4 white squares 7 1/2″ .. cut twice and 1 white square 9″ block cut in half’. Didn’t realize this until I sewed a the corner on. The other triangles can be cut down by 3/4″.

    • July 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      So glad I read your comment. I am putting together the quilt and realize how big all the triangles are and was perplexed how to join them, now I know to cut off 3/4″ off each. Directions for this quilt are very unclear and I am an experienced quilter!

      • March 15, 2017 at 12:02 am

        I was wondering why my triangles were so large. I am so frustrated!!!!

    April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    6) Place the larger rectangles in opposite corners of the quilt, Should be larger triangles.

  13. Lorraine Pezzutto
    April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks so much for this pattern. I have not quilted very much, nor have I sewn very much for a long time. But I have followed your directions and am pleased with how everything is turning out.

  14. sara
    May 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Is there any way you can publish the pattern so that I can print it out?
    I have tried copy and paste but it doesn’t work.
    I have lots of patterned baby fabric and this is the pattern that I have been searching for that will really work and work very well. Thank you!

    • May 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Sara, thanks for checking! Sorry it’s taken some time to get back to you. We don’t have any plans to format this as a printable pattern. Another option besides copy/paste is to use your mouse to highlight the text and photos, then go to Print and choose “Selection Only” (you may have to open a “More Options” menu to see it). I just tried this and it worked for me to print just the text and photos and not the rest of the website. Hope this helps!

  15. Sherri
    July 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Can someone please tell me what size the white squares are cut for the triangles? I already cut everything and started sewing the rows together and they aren’t matching up right. Not sure how to get them to fit right.

  16. Jean Leder
    August 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

    What is the correct size for the 1/4 square triangles for the end of the rows? Your directions say cut a 9″ square for 1/4 square triangles, but one of the comments says it should be a 7 and 1/2″ square. I followed your pattern, but the 1/4 square triangles from the 9″ square seem too large. Please clarify. Thanks for your help, Jean

  17. Lois
    March 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Did anyone else have to piece a smashing strip in order for it to fit between rows 4 and 5????????

  18. May 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Can this pattern be enlarged for queen size; and if so, how? Thanks!

    • May 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Hi Nancy–Yes, definitely. Try using 10″ squares (layer cake) and a wider sashing and you’ll get to a queen size quicker!

      • May 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

        Thanks for your response, Lindsay. I like the idea of 10″ squares. Love this pattern!!

      • kathy
        July 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        So what are the correct sizes for the white squares? I want to get my quilt top finished. Thank you.

  19. kathy
    July 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    What is the correct size for the 5 white squares? Please post a correction or let us know the printed sizes are correct. I was very frustrated when my corners weren’t coming out right. So wish I’d read all the comments first. I agree with Gayle’s comments from 2 years ago – instruction are not clear enough. I do want to finish this quilt top but I’m not going any further or ripping out any seams until I see explicit instructions for the correct sizes of the white squares.

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