Besides being pretty and full of motion, the pinwheel quilt block is a great way to practice piecing half-square triangles. This is also one of the best blocks for beginners to master!
If you're looking for a fun and fast project, sewing four-patch quilt blocks is for you! This is a classic block, and it's great to use in quilt borders or just interspersed with solid blocks for a little visual interest. Here's how to make four four-patch blocks using just four charm squares — so you can make the most of your stash.
Bags can be such a fun sewing project to jump into, but if a full-size tote sounds like more than what you're ready to handle, we have the perfect solution: a makeup bag! It's the ideal way to start installing zippers, working with different fabrics and adding custom touches that truly make a bag your own. Plus, they make great holiday gifts — win, win!
Before breaking out your wallet to buy a new apron, take a peek inside your closet — we bet there's an old, oversized shirt in there that's just begging to be transformed. And with this quick and speedy tutorial, you'll be back in the kitchen making delicious dinners and decorating cakes in no time.
A jelly roll, AKA a set of 2½″ precut fabric strips, is a major time saver for quilters. With the fabric already cut and coordinated, all that’s left to do is sew the strips into a fantastic quilt top! So if you have a few jelly rolls you've collected over the years, here are a few designs that'll put them to good use.
Half-square triangles, or HSTs, have to be one of the most versatile quilt blocks around. No matter how you piece 'em together (yeah, there's more than one way to make an HST! ) the result is the same: a simple foundation block made in two contrasting fabrics, that can be arranged to create quilt designs ranging from crazy simple to beautifully complex.
We can't get enough of this design by Arounna Khounnoraj — it's cute, trendy and easy to knock out in a weekend. Plus, it's a great way to use all those yarn scraps you have lying around. Let's get punching!
If you're looking for a way to show off all your gorgeous fabric scraps, this is the perfect project. Mix and match patterns and prints, or keep things simple with a limited palette. Once you've picked your fabric, things really start to speed up — simple fusing and topstitched wool felt strips add a quilted look (no piecing required!), so even if you're not super confident in your quilting skills, you can definitely pull off this project.
English paper piecing, or EPP, is a classic quilting technique that never gets old. It involves wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape — usually hexagons — then basting and sewing by hand. It's a fun, yet simple way to create complex quilt blocks, and it's super easy to incorporate the technique into a ton of different projects. And since many EPP projects are comprised of little pieces of fabric, they're perfect to take on whenever your fabric stash starts to overflow juuust a smidge.
Whether you want to spruce up your sewing room or gift this to a friend who loves crafting as much as you, this cute hoop is *sew* easy to stitch together. Download the free pattern created by Jo Gick, a finalist in season 1 of NBC’s Making It, then follow her beginner-friendly tutorial to get started.