Free I Spy Quilt Tutorial

Free Pattern and Tutorial to make an easy I Spy Quilt – great to give as a baby quilt or baby playmat! Using simple raw edge applique!

We all know the game – I spy with my little eye…well an I Spy Quilt is basically a quilt that helps you play that game!

What is an I Spy Quilt?

Materials Needed

– High Loft Polyester Batting – White or low volume background fabric – Backing Fabric – Various scraps of fabric – Selvage edge remnants (optional) – Pinking Shears


I used two white-on-white fabric remnants and pieced them to make the total size of my background fabric. I cut it large so I could trim it later.

Cut or piece your Background Fabric


Using your pinking shears cut out various images to play I Spy with. I use pinking shears to reduce fraying on the edges of the scraps.

Cut out your I Spy images

How many images you cut out is up to you – I had about 65 different images on mine

How many images should you use?


You can use any kind of lightweight double-sided fusible product to prepare your I Spy Images for attaching to your quilt.

Fuse Heat n’ Bond to the back of your I Spy images


Okay this part might feel a bit strange but what I did next was to baste just the background fabric to the batting – no backing fabric yet!

Baste your Background Fabric to your Batting


Next is one of the fun parts! You get to sit with your quilt top and play around with where to place your images.

Decide on Your I Spy Image layout

Swipe up for the full detailed tutorial!

I Spy Quilt – Video Tutorial