How to Sew Three Valentine’s Mini Quilts
Try your hand at quilting with these three gorgeous and manageable designs for mini quilts, perfect as household decoration, wall hangings or plant pot stands! Craft the perfect gift for a loved one this Valentines day.
Log cabin mini quilt
Give the classic log cabin patchwork pattern a Valentine’s makeover with an adorable ombre heart. No matter whether you’re a total beginner or a patchwork pro, you’re sure to bring a smile.
- Start by cutting your fabric –
- From the dark pink fabric cut one 1 x 2” strip and one 1 x 3” strip.
- From the mid pink fabric cut one 1 x 3” strip and one 1 x 4” strip.
- From the light pink fabric cut one 1 x 4” strip and one 1 x 5” strip.
From the linen-look fabric cut one 2” square. The pieces you’ve now cut will be your central heart panel.
2. Cut one 7” square from the linen-look fabric. Cut the 7” square in half, across the diagonal, to create two triangles. Cut each triangle in half down the centre to create four.
3. Pin the smallest dark pink strip to one side of the 2” square, right sides together. Stitch in place. Pin and sew the second dark pink strip to the next side along, lining the ends up with the end of the first strip.
4. Sew the smallest mid pink strip to the smallest dark pink strip, lining up the ends. Sew the second mid pink strip to the next side along, as you did previously. Repeat with the lightest strips, adding layers to the square panel. Press and trim to measure 4”.
5. Pin one of your background triangles to one side of the square panel, right sides together. The ends will be a little wider than the square panel, so ensure that it’s pinned centrally. Machine stitch, open and press. Repeat with a second triangle on the opposite side. Trim off the excess to make two straight edges.
6. Pin and sew the two remaining triangles to the remaining two edges. Open and press to create a larger square panel.
7. Trim a piece of wadding and a piece of backing fabric a couple of inches larger than your patchwork panel.
Top Tip! Cutting your backing and wadding larger than the front panel allows for any movement when you’re quilting.
8. Create a quilt sandwich: lay the backing fabric face down and position the wadding on top. Then layer the pieced panel on top. Secure together with a couple of pins.
9. Thread your sewing machine up with pink cotton thread. Stitch diagonal lines across your panel, echoing the lines of the patchwork. Trim the panel neatly to make a 6½” square.
10. Trim four pieces of bias binding to roughly 7½” long. Pin and stitch around your panel, folding over the corners for a neat finish.
Embroidery Hoop Mini Quilt
Piece together a pretty patchwork heart to say ‘I love you’. With a simple-yet-sweet design and a clever embroidery hoop frame, this is the ultimate beginner project.
- Cut two pieces of pink patterned fabric to measure 2 x 4”. Trim four 1” squares and two 2” squares from cream fabric (or calico).
Top Tip! A self-healing cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter are vital for patchwork projects. The more precise your pieces are to start, the easier it will be to match up your corners.
2. Position the two 1” squares at the top of each pink 2 x 4” piece and pin in place. Machine stitch diagonally across each one, starting from the bottom outside corner and ending in the top central corner.
3. Position the 2” squares at the bottom of each pink 2 x 4” piece, lining up the edges. Machine stitch from the bottom right-hand corner up to the top left-hand corner on one, and stitch the opposite direction on the second.
4. Use your rotary cutter to cut the sewn corners, roughly ¼” from the stitch lines . Open out the cream corners and press open.
5. Layer the two panels right sides together and stitch down the centre. Open and press to create the heart shape.
6. Cut two pieces of cream fabric to measure 2 x 3½” and two to measure 2 x 8”. Pin the 2 x 3½” strips at the top and bottom of the heart panel, right sides together. Stitch in place, open and press.
Top Tip! Before continuing, make sure that the top and bottom strips are exactly the same width as the heart panel. Trim any excess with your ruler and rotary cutter.
7. Pin the two 2 x 8” strips either side of the heart panel, right sides together. Stitch in place, open and press.
8. Lay the embroidery hoop centrally on top of your pieced panel. Trim 2½” around the edge to make a circle, fold over the edge and pin in place. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew around the edge.
9. Fix your panel inside the embroidery hoop, tightening it to keep it secure. Take the ends of the thread and pull gently, gathering the hem around the embroidery hoop. Once neatly gathered in the centre, tie in place to finish.
Scrappy mini quilt
Master the art of half-square triangles – the speedy way to stitch up a scrappy pattern!
- Start by cutting your fabric –
- From three shades of pink fabric, cut 26 1½” squares.
- From plain cream fabric, cut ten 1½” squares. Put six aside.
Arrange the squares in pairs. You’ll need four cream/pink pairs, and the rest pink/pink.
2. Layer the pairs right sides together, lining up the edges. Use a ruler and a fabric marker to draw a diagonal line across each pairing, from corner to corner.
3. Machine stitch ¼” either side of the marked line on each pair of squares. Use your ruler, rotary cutter, and self-healing cutting mat to cut directly down each line, snipping each pair in half.
4. Open out and press to create two half-square triangle blocks from each pair.
5. Position all of your half-square triangle blocks and plain cream squares on your work surface, creating the heart shape in the centre and filling out the space around it to create six rows of six blocks.
6. Stitch your blocks together in rows, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press your seams in alternate directions on each row, so one row will have all seams facing the right, and the next row down they will all face the left. This will help to keep your patchwork nice and flat when you’re pressing it.
7. When each row is pressed, join them all together, using the same seam allowance. Press to complete the panel.
8. Trim a piece of wadding and a piece of backing fabric a couple of inches larger than your patchwork panel.
9. Create a quilt sandwich: lay the backing fabric face down and position the wadding on top. Then layer the pieced panel on top. Secure together with a couple of pins.
10. Thread your sewing machine up with pink cotton thread. Stitch around the patchwork heart, quilting several lines, echoing the previous. Trim the panel neatly to make a 6½” square.
11. Trim four pieces of bias binding to roughly 7½” long. Pin and stitch around your panel, folding over the corners for a neat finish.