Crazy Quilt Ornament: the tutorial

100_2874Here’s a little How To for the crazy quilt ornaments that I make. These are a great quick project to use up left over scraps.  Make your own or take a look at my etsy store to purchase one of mine. These instructions and your finished project are intended for personal use, please do not resell.

Notes:

  • Finished square is 3in X 3in
  • Use a 2mm stitch length.
  • I use about an 1/8in to seam the crazy quilt pieces. This is pretty narrow, but since these are decorative I’ve not had any problems. Furthermore, since the scraps I use are pretty small, a larger seam allowance would eat up more fabric than I would want.
  • For best use of your scraps use the small pieces in the center area and larger pieces on the outer area.
  • You’ll notice I don’t use a batting. If you choose to add one, you will need to add width to your muslin and backing fabric to accommodate the thickness.

Supplies:

Muslin or base fabric, backing fabric, fabric scraps, small scrap of fusible web (optional).

Cut one 3.5in square of muslin and backing fabric. Cut one 1in x 2in of coordinating fabric for the loop.

Make the loop:

Fold the loop piece in half lengthwise and press. Fold in the long raw edges to the center crease, press. Fold in half again and press. Stitch a scant 1/8in to close the long edge. This will give you plenty of length to make the loop as big or small as you like.

Crazy Quilt:

Choose a 4-5 sided scrap piece for the center of your quilt and place right side up in the center of your muslin square. Choose your next scrap piece to fit along one edge of your center piece and place right side down. Aline your edges and sew through all three layers (your top scrap, your center piece, and the muslin) using a 1/8in seam allowance.

Open up the seam and heat press or finger press to lay flat. Trim away any of the second piece that extends beyond the edges of your center piece.

Choose your next scrap and aline along the second edge of the center piece. Continue adding scrap pieces around the center area at random angles until the entire 3.5in square muslin is covered.

Make the quilt sandwich:

Square up your quilt square to 3.5 in X 3.5in using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler or the tools of your choice.

Choose one side to leave an opening for turning. Look for a side that does not have a seam ending in the middle section. Make note of this side or add a pin to remember it.

Center your loop on any of the remaining three sides. With quilt square right side up, line up the raw edges of the loop with the raw edge of the quilt square and position to make the loop as big or small as you like. Baste using 1/8in seam or pin in place with the pin heads outside of the square for easy removal when sewing.

Position your backing piece on top of of your quilt square with right sides facing and pin in place if desired. You now have a small pile with (from bottom to top) your quilt square right side up, loop positioned on one edge, and backing fabric. Right sides facing.

Sew your Quilt:

Using a 1/4in seam allowance.

Begin on the side you will leave open. Position your needle 1in from the corner, back-stitch 2-3 stitches and then sew towards the corner, pivot, and sew around the remaining edges. When you come back around to the beginning edge that you will leave open, stitch about 1in from the corner and take a few back-stitches.

Finishing:

Trim your corners. Turn right side out using your favorite tool to gently push out the corners. Fold the unsewn edges of the opening to the inside and press all edges. If the quilt appears puffy, use a scrap of fusible web in the middle to tack it down. Slip stitch the open edge closed.

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17 responses to “Crazy Quilt Ornament: the tutorial

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  3. quietquilter99

    love this simple explanation will try making these blocks for a bed or lap quilt thanks for sharing

  4. Edna

    So simple and easy great explanation am going to try making quilt blocks using your method Thanks for sharing

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  6. Cathryn Harper

    Just found this pattern–our guild is making ornaments for a “Holland” themed Christmas tree this year, and this will be another unique ornament to add to our tree–can’t wait to try it with some of our Dutch-themed fabric!

  7. LeeLou

    I think this is great, but would really be stupendous if you used Christmas fabric! I have tons of that – great idea.

  8. Luzma

    Fabulosa idea para usar pedacería de otros proyectos y hacer algo más util y bello. Gracias.

  9. What a wonderful project. Can’t wait to make one of my own. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. Lois Mecord

    This is so unique and I will commit to make a crazy quilt throw after I have learned this pattern. Thanks.

  11. I love this idea and when I make mine I will make two of these and use one for the backing instead of plain fabric. that way both sides of the ornament will be of different colors.

    • I typed in the wrong email address for my comment so I will repost:

      I love this idea and when I make mine I will make two of these and use one for the backing instead of plain fabric. that way both sides of the ornament will be of different colors.

  12. debbyrose

    Thanks for sharing your idea! I am always looking for new ideas for Christmas presents. I think I might try this with actual quilt blocks. It would be the perfect way to use up scraps, esp of fabrics that I love and hate to throw away even the smallest pieces.

  13. Luzma

    Me encantó, muy propio para una chica moderna como mi hija en su nueva casa para que continúe cocinando tan rico y adornando su cocina. Gracias por tu tutorial, es muy claro. Felicidades.

  14. elizabeth

    this is so clever!! It would also make great gift adornments to wrapped packages. Thanks for this post–i can’t wait to dig through my scraps.

  15. Thanks Jessica! I love making these and I don’t ever seem to run out of fabric scraps to make them.

  16. Melissa, I adore this crazy quilt ornament! I posted it on my website, FaveQuilts.com. Here is a link to the post:
    http://www.favequilts.com/Quilted-Ornaments/Crazy-Quilt-Ornament

    Thanks for writing up this great tutorial!

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