Terrific Tiny Quilts: Quick Projects, Excellent Gifts

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


Every now and then, I love to work on a small quilting project. Sometimes it is nice to not have to pull out a ton of fabric or wrestle with a huge quilt top! By definition, a mini quilt is one that measures less than 24” in length and width. Today let’s take a look at those especially tiny quilts.

tiny quilt

Photo: Dresden plate mug rug by Fussy Cut

Not only are tiny quilts fun to make, they are very functional. What kind of quilts can you make?

Here are just a few ideas: snack mats and mug rugs for food and cups, name tags for work or quilting events, potholders and oven mitts for the kitchen, coasters for the coffee table, decorations for home and gifts.

potholders

Photo: Flower hot pad by Patchwork Notes

Why would you want to make a mini quilt, or a tiny one in particular?

1. Instant gratification. They don’t require much time to make! Plenty of quilters wish that they had more time to sew. Creating a small quilt is a great way to use your valuable free time.

2. Budget friendly. Little quilts do not require a lot of material or supplies. You can easily make them out of your scraps! If you are short on cash, dig into your leftovers and scraps for fabric and batting. It is also a fun way to use up those bit and pieces of your most favorite fabrics that you cannot bear to let go.

3. Functional artwork. Bring patchwork and fabric into your everyday life! Most of the time quilts are only used when curled up on the couch or in bed. When you sew mini quilts, you can use them all over your home. If you are a fabric lover like me, nothing beats seeing your favorites sewn into functional items (like coasters, potholders, and snack mats for the kids’ after school treats) spread across the house!

4. Learn new techniques. Is there a pattern or technique that you’ve wanted to try? Make a small quilt! Give those new techniques a try on a small scale without having to commit to a large project. For example, I love the look of ticker tape and wanted to give this new-to-me technique a try. After one afternoon, I had a cute little ticker tape mug rug! I had fun learning something new and ended up with a cute gift for a friend.

5. Try advanced blocks and patterns. Stretch your skills by making a mini out of your favorite, advanced block. Instead of committing to making many blocks, use just one to create a stunning tiny quilt.

name

Photo: Name tag by Me? A Mom?

A great tip for finishing up your tiny quilts? Use a single fold binding to finish it up! This creates a nice thin binding that frames the small quilt nicely. A regular, double fold binding looks bulky on such a small piece of work. Check out this tutorial from the Mama CJT blog for more info.

hot pads

Photo: House hotpads by A quilt is nice

Head on over to the Craftsy pattern section, there are so many patterns for mug rugs, snack mats, pot holders, and mini quilts. How about you? What is your favorite type of tiny quilt?

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow to discover a free quilting pattern you’re going to love!

Comments

  1. Janice Green says:

    Just love your blog, fun and very interesting. Keep up the good work. Jan

  2. Zarina Din says:

    Very neat idea and interesting. Love your blog. Keep up the good work.

  3. Sue says:

    Great idea to make something useful out of a block you’ve tried rather than throw it in the’ too hard basket’ !! Lol! I’m going to find those blocks & make some placemats for my grandchild to use . Thanks

  4. Doris Friday says:

    I like to make small quilts for doll beds. A trial block that you didn’t use in a quilt sometimes make very interesting doll quilts.

  5. barbara says:

    is the pointed pattern hard to make the little quilt

  6. Joyce says:

    Love them, make some to have on hand for those gifts you need at the spear of the moment.

  7. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Great idea!!!! Sometimes you just need to be able to work on something and have a finished product to show for it. It feels good.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Lyn

  8. Dana says:

    Thank you the ideas! I have been wanting to learn and these small projects are a great way for to start!

  9. Linda says:

    This would be a great proudject for burp rages for my new grand baby .

  10. Caati says:

    I love making mini quilts and have made several over the years. I like your patterns so will look for them and extend my mini quilt collection. Thanks.

  11. Tiffany says:

    U can get some good ideas

  12. MARY W says:

    Thanks so much-I purchased a mug rug pattern and also got the free tea travels pattern. SCORE! I can’t wait to make these for myself and gifts. I just love this website. Have taken several classes and love the fabric I purchased also. You guys rock. mary

  13. Cathy says:

    I agree; you need a “small” project handy to work on to get away from the larger ones or I get tired of it and lose interest. Something quick like a paper pieced project is my favorite.

  14. Jo-Anne Schindler says:

    This tiny quilts are a lot of fun, but I need to make some little quilts to wrap “Barbie” dolls for Christmas. Does anyone have any ideas.

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  16. James Samuel says:

    Superb information about name tags for quilting events…It is very interesting to know that we can provide name tags as gift.