Celebrate Summer With a FREE Scrappy Pinwheel Block Tutorial!

This pretty little patriotic pinwheel will sew together in a snap and is perfect for summer stitching. 

Follow along to learn how to make this scrappy pinwheel block!

Grab some red white and blue scraps and get ready to make a fun block for celebrating independence and freedom, or just some good old fashioned summer fun.

Download a FREE copy of this tutorial here.

You will need a red, two blues, three whites, and a border fabric. This block has a white border fabric, but gold or red would look great too!

All of the pieces you need will be 1 1/2'' cut strips. All of the strips will be cut this wide. 

Step 1: Cutting

  • Border strips - cut two at 6 1/2'' long and cut two at 8 1/2'' long
  • Background strips - cut two of each of the three fabrics at 4'' long for a total of six
  • Blue strips - cut two each at 4'' long for a total of four
  • Red strips - cut two at 4'' long

Arrange the strips into four sets. The two background set will be the same and the two red and blue sets will be the same.

Step 2: Sewing

Sew the strips sets lengthwise, using a 1/4'' seam allowance. 

Step 3: Pressing

Press the background seams away from the center strip. Press the blue strips toward the red center strip.

Step 4: Sub-cutting

Cut each strip set on the 45-degree diagonal. Using a ruler, begin the cut and end the cut 1/4'' away from the end of the strip sets as shown in the photo above.

Step 5: Arrangement

Be careful to arrange the strip units as shown in the photo above. Keep the strips going in a pinwheel direction. 

Step 6: Layering

Fold the background units over onto the red and blue units. Sew along the long diagonal using a 1/4'' seam allowance. Press the seams open.

Step 7: Sewing

Sew the four units together four-patch style. Sew the top two units together, then the bottom two units together. Then sew the top units to the bottom units. Pinwheel press the seams on the back as shown in the photo above.

Step 8: Adding the border strips

Sew the 6 1/2'' strips to opposite sides of the pieced block. Press the seams toward the border strips.

Sew the 8 1/2'' strips to the remaining two sides of the block. Press the seams toward the border strips.

The finished block will be 8 1/2'' square. Press and trim any loose threads. 

Don't forget to download your copy of this FREE tutorial here

If you missed any of the free scrappy block patterns, they can be found here: 

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July 29, 2015
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Celebrate Summer With a FREE Scrappy Pinwheel Block Tutorial!