Pinwheel Quilt Tutorial

Tutorial by: Titi Aifuobhokhan 

Great tutorial for layer cakes and charm packs. These are pre-cut fabric of 10” and 5” squares respectively. All seams are sewn with a ¼” seam allowance.

Pinwheel Quilt


1) Take 2 squares of the same size with contrasting colours and place one on top of the other, right sides facing.

2) Sew a quarter inch seam all round the edges of the square to fully close it up.

3) Cut the square on both diagonals:

4) There should be 4 squares now. Open and press each square.

5) Arrange the squares to form a pinwheel.


6) With right sides together, sew the top 2 mini squares together, then sew the bottom 2 mini squares together. This will give:

7) With right sides together, sew the 2 rectangles together to form a pinwheel.


8. Press the finished block and make as many as you wish.


To Make Up The Quilt

There are various alternatives to making up the quilt but only 2 will be explained here.

1) Put all the blocks together one next to the other until you get the size of the quilt you want.

2) Method 2 requires adding sashes around each block. Measure the side of each block and cut out 6 2.5” wide strips to match the side of the block and sew them onto the blocks to form 3 rows each of blocks – 1, 2, 3 as marked.

3) Measure the long side of the row of blocks and cut out 2 2.5” wide strips to match the long side measured. Sew these on as marked by 4 and 5.

4) The quilt should now be set 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down. Measure one side of the quilt and cut 2 2.5” wide strips to match the side of the quilt. Sew these on both opposite sides.

5) Now measure the top of the quilt and cut 2 2.5” wide strips to match the top measurement and sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Your quilt should look like the diagram below once completed.


Backing and quilting

Measure the length and width of your quilt. Get some backing fabric and wadding that is at least 2” larger than the quilt top on all sides. The backing fabric may need to be pieced to get the size required.

Lay the backing fabric down with the wrong side facing up, lay the wadding on taop of it and finally lay the quilt top on the wadding with the right side of the quilt top facing  upwards/outwards.

Pin the sandwich together and either hand quilt or machine quilt in straight line from top to bottom at regular intervals.



Measure the total perimeter to the quilt that is the sum of all the sides and add an extra 10” to this.

Cut 2.5” wide strips and sew them together till you get the measurement calculated above.

Press the strip in half on the long side. The width will now be 1.25” by the calculated length.

Sew this strip all round the quilt and join it up.

Fold the flap formed over to the back of the quilt and stitch this down.


Voila! Your quilt is completed.


Written by Titi Aifuobhokhan

I am mum of one. I was made redundant afew years ago and decided to follow my dreams to learn how to sew. I learnt to sew and quilt and started a business selling fabric and  making custom quilts. I also bake birthday cakes and am a committee member of the guild of machine knitters.

My goal is to empower others to try their hands at crafts. My motto is: It’s easy once you know how! I run a quilt/craft club in Swanley which has become very popular. I am always available to help either on my website or at the end of a phone.

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