Rule number one: don't throw out those fabric scraps, even the thinnest of strips. After all, you can use 'em to make a totally new project — like a string quilt! These block are simple to quilt and make use of every bit of your fabric stash . What's not to love?
String Quilt Block
What You Need
- Fabric (for the block's foundation/backing)
- Various fabrics cut into 1¼" - 2½" strips
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Pins or appliqué glue
- Thin batting, flannel or corduroy (optional)
Good to Know
Your fabric can vary in width, but keep in mind: strips smaller than 1¼" won't show up well in your final block, and strips larger than 2½" tend to take up too much space.
1. Cut Your Squares
Cut the squares needed for your block's base. The squares can be any size you want — just add ½" to whatever you want your finished blocks to be. For example, if you want 8" finished blocks you should cut a 8½" fabric square.
To keep the square from being too bulky, use a very thin piece of batting, or even a piece of flannel or corduroy instead.
2. Place the First Strip
3. Sew the Strips
Place another fabric strip on top of the center strip, right sides together. Sew through all layers using a ¼" seam allowance. Press to set the seam, then press the seam open .
4. Continue Sewing
Add more strips using this method until one side of your foundation fabric is completely covered.
Then fill in the second half of the square in the same manner.
When your square is completely covered with strips, flip it over. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim the strip pieces so they're even with the edges of the square.
You have your first string block! Keep making more to make a gorgeous scrappy design .
Learn More Now
Get more tips for quilting with fabric scraps and step-by-step project tutorials in our free guide, Creative Uses for Scrap Fabric.