Cut scraps into 5x5 inch squares with a rotary cutter, mat and
How to Use a Rotary Cutter
Save squares until you have enough to make a quilt. A good size is a
twin size quilt which will take 187 squares. Finished size of the
quilt is about 55x85 inches. You can simply make this bigger or
smaller by decreasing the rows.
Making your Scrap Patchwork Quilt
Sew squares together in whichever pattern you'd like. I usually just
sew one after another making sure different squares are next to each
other. You want 11 squares in each row and 17 rows altogether. Once
you have sewn your 17 rows, trim the edges of your rows with your
rotary cutter, so it is even. Once all your rows are trimmed, lay
them out on the floor and arrange them in the order you would like
Stack rows on top of each other and then sew rows together in order.
Once all your rows are attached trim the side edges with your rotary
cutter so they are again even. To prepare your backing you will need
to cut your material down the middle and sew two pieces together
lengthwise. This will cover the back of your quilt.
Lay your backing material flat on the floor, right side down. Leave
a little excess around the edges to work with when you are sewing
the edges. Lay your batting on bottom piece and your quilted square
on the top. Smooth flat and pin edges in several places. Tie
or hand sew your quilt.
To finish the edges you can turn both edges down and pin together.
If you do this method you will want to trim your excess material all
around the edges.
Or you can turn the backing material down and turn down again. Pin
in place. This brings the material from the back visible on the
front of your quilt. With the other method the backing will not show