What better way for quilters to celebrate Flag Day than by stitching a scrappy little flag quilt block?
American flag quilt block tutorial
This block will be 8'' once it is sewn into a project, or 8 1/2'' alone. It can made up of scraps, but would also look nice with just one red fabric and one cream fabric for all of the stripes. This block is a great complement to our previous monthly scrappy blocks.
From the blue fabric with stars, cut one 3 1/2'' square.
From the red scraps cut one strip 1 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' and two strips 1 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.
From the cream scraps cut two strips 1 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' and one strip 1 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.
From the background fabric cut two strips 1 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' and two strips 1 1/2'' x 8 1/2''.
Be sure to use a 1/4" seam allowance.
Sew the 1 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' strips together lengthwise, as shown in the photo.
Sew the 1 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' strips together lengthwise, as shown in the photo.
Press the seam allowances toward the red strips.
Sew the blue square to the end of the 3 1/2'' strip set.
Press the seam allowances toward the blue square.
Sew the block/strip set to the 6 1/2'' strip set.
Press the seam allowance toward the white strip.
Sew the 6 1/2'' borders to the sides of the block.
Press the seam allowance toward the border strips.
Sew the 8 1/2'' border strips to the top and bottom of the block.
Press the seam allowances toward the border strips.
The block will measure 8 1/2'' square.
More Flag Day ideas:
This flag quilt block would make a great little mug rug or hot pad all by itself. Just layer, quilt and bind it as you would any quilt. It would also make a fun patriotic small quilt — just add a few borders.
These blocks are easy and fast enough that you could sew up a whole collection of them and make a quilt in any size you choose. It would be a great way to use up lots of red, white and blue scraps. You could also alternate these blocks with star blocks. The patriotic ideas to celebrate flag day are unlimited!
Creative quilting options for this flag quilt block:
- You could try quilting this block with wave patterns in the stripe sections, or a heart or star motif in the blue square.
- A simple crosshatch or stitching in the ditch would also complement this block.
- Don't have any star fabric? Sew some star shaped buttons onto the blue square, or appliqué a wool star or heart onto the blue square.
Don't forget to share your finished blocks and projects in the Quilting Projects Gallery. We love to see what you are working on! Have a very happy Flag Day!
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