How many charm square packs do you have at home? I don’t collect charm squares, I don’t buy everything that is new or I like and still I have 4 charm packs! So if you don’t know how to use them, here is an idea: 3D pinwheels. You can make this design as scrappy as you want (using your scraps), but I think the assorted squares of a collection you find in a pack make the design even more beautiful.
If you don’t know how to sew 3D pinwheels, here are a few short instructions.
3D Pinwheel Tutorial
For one block you need 4 squares for the background and 4 squares for the pinwheel.
Fold the pinwheel fabric squares in half diagonally as shown below and pin.
Place the folded piece onto the background square.
Bring the top corner of the folded piece to the bottom corner.
Sew at 1/8” from the right and bottom edges, securing the two pieces together. Repeat with the other 3 sets.
Sew the 4 squares together using 1/4” seam allowance.
Your block should look like this.Here are a few of my blocks.
Aren’t these assorted pieces wonderful?
Here is what I made with those blocks!
Between the blocks shown above I inserted pinwheels in a smaller size! This takes the design to the next level!
If you want to learn all the secrets of this technique- what makes it easy and fun – click here to buy the pattern.
Other ideas for 3D pinwheel blocks
You can use them for other small pieces, like table runners, pouches, little bags…
How about combining pinwheels with the kaleidoscope technique?
Click here to learn how to sew the easiest kaleidoscope!
Here is an older quilt I made for a 7-year-old girl.
I hope these ideas give you some inspiration!
Happy sewing, friends!
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