Baby Clothes Keepsakes: Choosing between a Quilt and Blanket

What’s the difference between a Keepsake Quilt and a Keepsake Blanket?

It’s a question I get asked a lot.

Even asking the internet will bring up differing opinions on what makes a Quilt and a Blanket different. You may even find the terms ‘Quilt’ and ‘Blanket’ get used interchangeably.

But they’re actually very different. And to choose the best option for you, it’s important to know a little about them.

Note: This guide explains the differences between the Pretty Little Polka Dot range of Keepsake Quilts and Keepsake Blankets. Other keepsake creators are likely have their own classification definitions, so it’s important to check specifically with them.

Baby clothes Keepsake Quilt.
Traditionally, a quilt consists of multiple layers of fabric and a layer of wadding, sewn together to provide stability and warmth. (The sewing of the layers is called ‘quilting’ and its purpose is to trap heat)
  • After carefully preparing the baby clothes and designing a patchwork, we add our signature double border; a narrow plain border with a thicker polka dot border surrounding it.
  • Then, we add a layer of lightweight wadding and a cotton backing, before ‘quilting’ it together.
  • Finally, a Keepsake Quilt is finished with matching binding, secured and stitched around the edges.

The process of designing and creating a Keepsake Quilt is very labour intensive; creating a single bed sized Keepsake Quilt can take up to 40 hours, but the result of a Keepsake Quilt is pretty spectacular! It’s sturdy, substantial and a real showpiece.

Many customers like to hang their Keepsake Quilt on the wall of the nursery, use as a playmat, or even as a decorative throw for their bed.

A Pretty Little Polka Dot Keepsake Quilt is something you can treasure for years to come and maybe even pass down to your grandkids one day!

Baby clothes Keepsake Blanket

Our Keepsake Blankets are made in a different way to the more traditional Keepsake Quilts. We’ll prepare your little ones clothes and design and create the patchwork centre in the same way as we would with the Keepsake Quilt, but then the process changes.

  • Keepsake Blankets are framed with a single Polka Dot border and backed with specially selected soft cuddle fleece. This is sewn around the edges to secure both layers together.

A Keepsake Blanket doesn’t have a layer of wadding, like the quilt has. But it does have cuddle fleece on the back which is very soft and gives our Keepsake Blankets a more ‘relaxed’ look and feel. They're cosy and very snuggly.

Preparing your little ones clothes and creating the patchwork is a time consuming process, although creating a Keepsake Blanket is a little less labour intensive than a traditional Quilt and this is reflected in the price. 

So which should you choose?

Ultimately this will come down to personal preference.

  • If you’re after a real showpiece, something to display proudly on a wall, or luxuriously drape over a bed, the Quilt will be the best option. It’s our signature Keepsake product which has been designed to serve as a special memento of your little ones babyhood for years to come.
  • If you want something really snuggly that your little one can cuddle up with and you’re looking for that more ‘relaxed’ look then the Keepsake Blanket may be the right option for you.

The Best of Both Worlds?

We also offer a ‘snuggly comforter’ which is a mini, portable version of our Keepsake Blanket and created in the same way that our Blankets are.

When you order your Keepsake Quilt or Blanket, you’ll be given the option of having a Snuggly Comforter made up from the remnants of your little ones baby clothes. Choosing this popular option will mean your little one will have something they can cuddle, take along to the zoo or cover in chocolate! whilst their main keepsake is kept in tip top condition; preserving those special memories for years to come.


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