Learn How to Make a Dollhouse Quilt

Log Cabin Dollhouse Quilt on Bed
Log Cabin Dollhouse Quilt on Bed. Janet Wickell

Make a Miniature Quilt for a Dollhouse

Dollhouse miniature quilt patterns are quilts sewn in a very small scale, but the scale does vary.

One popular dollhouse size is referred to as 1 to 12, or 1:12. Both of those designations mean the same thing -- every 1-inch in the dollhouse and its furnishings is equal to 12-inches in the full-size item. A 12-inch quilt block would be reduced to 1-inch to fit the scale of that type of dollhouse miniature quilt.

A 1-inch quilt block is tiny but very doable. Let's look at a few dollhouse quilt basics before we talk about starter patterns.

Dollhouse Quilt Layout Options

When you are covering a dollhouse bed with a footboard, quilts often drape more attractively if blocks are omitted from the quilt's lower corners. That configuration allows the end of the quilt to be tucked between the mattress and the footboard and leaves the sides free to fall towards the floor.

Dollhouse Quilt Batting

It's often best to omit quilt batting in tiny quilts, especially when you're making blocks with lots of closely spaced seams that create stiffness. A quilt's ability to drape is important, and extra thickness can make draping impossible -- you may end up with something that looks more like a potholder than a quilt!

If you make a dollhouse quilt from a pre-printed cloth panel, you might want to include batting. Keep it light -- try silk batting or a piece of thin cotton fabric.

Dollhouse Quilt Binding

As with any other quilt, binding can be sewn on separately or it can be created by folding the backing's raw edge under, then over the front of the quilt, where it can be hand stitched in place. Mitered, single-fold binding can be applied, but avoid double-fold binding because it creates too much bulk in tiny quilts.

A knife-edge quilt finish is another option. It is created by trimming back the batting to match the size of the finished quilt, and then folding under the (excess) outer edges of the quilt and backing. Align the edges and sew around the quilt with a tiny invisible seam allowance.

Draping a Dollhouse Quilt

Try one of these methods to drape a stiff quilt:

  • Dampen the quilt slightly and mold it to the shape of the bed.
  • Insert fine-gauge wires into the quilt along edges that should drape. Bend the wire to mold the quilt to the desired shape.

Dollhouse Quilt Patterns

Download my miniature Log Cabin paper pieced templates to make a foundation pieced quilt like the quilt in the photo. Quilt blocks can finish at either 1" or 1-1/2" square.

  • Use the basic instructions for my 6" log cabin block to construct the minis. Fabric positioning and directions are the same, but the miniature quilt blocks have fewer logs, which means you won't surround the block's center log as many times.
  • Try using 1/2" wide strips of fabric for the logs and position them to sew a small seam allowance -- 1/8" or a little more is fine. Trim back larger allowances after sewing to reduce bulk.
  • Read foundation piecing basics before you make a quilt block.

    Dollhouse Miniature Quilts from Printed Fabric

    Fussy-cut one or more motifs from any printed fabric to make an easy medallion quilt. Surround the center motif with multiple borders or setting triangles.

    There are lots of pre-printed fabric panels available. Find one you feel has "blocks" in the right scale for your dollhouse. Add borders if you like and finish to make a cute -- and fast -- miniature quilt.