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Download this tactile quilt pattern as a printable Word document.




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Tactile quilt pattern

Quilts from Caring Hands trusts that you will sew these quilts with the joy of giving. Please do not sell the directions or any quilt made with them, rather share them freely with children and their families who need a little extra Tender Loving Care. 

Finished quilt size:  42 ½" x 51"
Finished block size: 8 ½" — 5 rows x 6 columns = 30 blocks total


  • Collect a stash of pre-washed fabrics with texture, patterns with movement, and fabrics with high contrast and/or neon colors: corduroy, fleece, fake fur, terrycloth, sateen, seersucker, brocade, velvets, laces, flannel, black-and-white, neon colors, small checks, swirls, zigzags, plaids, stripes, large motif designs, patterns with high contrast colors.
  • The quilt will be frequently washed. It is best to know a fabric’s wash ability by pre-washing fabric before the fabric is in the quilt. The fabrics need to be washable and dryable. 
  • Collect a variety of decorations: rickrack, laces, braids, ribbons, trims, etc. 
  • Backing: Use pre-washed high quality solid red flannel or broadcloth, about 1 ¾ yards at 45" wide. 
  • Batting: Select a poly/cotton blend or 4 oz. or less polyester batting, about 1 ¾ yard. 
  • 100% cotton crochet thread to tie the quilt. We usually use white. 
  • Other needs: cotton thread for piecing, tying needles with large eyes, basting clamps to hold the quilt while tying it, and 4" squares to use as a guide for tying. 


  1. Cut fabric into 9" squares. This size includes a generous ¼" seam allowance. You will use 30 blocks per quilt.
  2. Create texture variation within a block with embellishments. Choose some of the blocks with plainer textures and add trims or overlay eyelet to create more texture in the block. Trims can be placed in straight lines or in shapes. Use embroidery – candle wicking or French knots to imitate Braille. When using two layers, it is helpful to baste the layers together before piecing into the quilt.
  3. Make a pocket. Cut a rectangle 6" x 9". Fold one of the long edges under twice and stitch. Stitch a piece of trim on the folded edge. Machine baste this rectangle over one half of a square matching raw edges to create a pocket.
  4. Lay out top with 30 blocks — 5 across and 6 down. Use blocks that have high contrast to each other. Use a variety of different textures, colors, embellished blocks and one or two pocket blocks in the quilt. Be sure to choose some duplicates.

    If you use two pocket blocks, make sure they both open in the same direction. Place only one block between two similar blocks. This placement helps develop “same” and “different.” The binding will go on more easily if the outer blocks have minimal texture. Put the thicker textures — fake fur, heavy terrycloth, and fleece — toward the center of the quilt.

    Put blacks next to whites, brights next to colors that are more calm or subtle. Place the blocks to create the highest contrast and create some movement in the overall design. 
  1. Stitch blocks together in rows using a generous ¼" seam. Press each seam in the most comfortable direction. Sew the rows together.
  2. Cut a backing from the solid red flannel or broadcloth … @44–45" x 57"–60".
  3. Cut the batting about 46" x 55".
  4. Sandwich the quilt. Smooth out the solid red backing on a tabletop, right side down. Clip it down with basting clamps. Lay the batting on top centering it on the flannel. Place the quilt top, right side up, on the batting and clip down.
  5. Tie the quilt. Place a 4" square in the center of each block. Tie a square knot at each corner of the 4" square. Use a double thread of crochet yarn and loop it through the quilt twice before you tie a square know. Trim ties to 1".
  6. Bind the quilt. Use broadcloth for the binding. Flannel can be used, but is a bit stretchy so is a bit trickier to apply. Cut enough 2 ½" strips to make 200"–210" of binding. Use a diagonal seam to join the binding strips. Fold the binding in half matching the long raw edges and press. Use ¼" seam allowance to attach binding to quilt.
  7. Finish the quilt by attaching a label to the back. The label might include the maker, location, date, care instructions and a place for the child’s name.


Download this quilt pattern as a printable Word document.