Monday, June 15, 2009

Mini Pinwheel Template

I have received some requests for the instructions on how to make a template for a Mini Pinwheel Block.


This is how I made the template that I used:

Template instructions for a 3 inch finished mini pinwheel block:

1. Draw a rectangle measuring 2.5 inches x 2 inches.

2. Mark a line 7/8" in from the top left hand corner of the rectangle to 7/8" in from the bottom right hand corner of the rectangle. Like so:
3. Cut out the rectangle accurately. Cut across the diagonal line. This will give you two identical templates. These templates include all seam allowances.

4. Be sure to mark the right side of the template as UP.

5. You are now ready to start making pinwheels. I found the easiest way to do so is by cutting a 2 inch strip of fabric, and turning the template up and down as you cut along the fabric strip, but be sure not to flip your template upside down (ie the UP marked on your template is always visible to you).



For each pinwheel block you will need to cut 4 patches of a solid fabric and four of a printed fabric.

My seams were only a scant 1/4 inch. I then added a border to each pinwheel, using 1 inch strips of fabric. The sashing strips between each block are cut as 1.5 inch strips.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need further instructions, or if what I have written here doesn't make sense you.

There are many variations to Pinwheels or Whirligig Blocks. Here is another tutorial by Sew Take a Hike that you might find useful.

18 comments:

  1. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I have a lucite template for making larger ones but nothing for making smaller ones. Smaller is so much cuter.

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  2. thanks so much for the tutorial! i'm definitely going to have to try this one.

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  3. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I going to have to try this one! Love the minis!

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  4. Thanks so much for the tutorial , I'll definitely have to make one now .

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  5. So kind of you to take the time to show us how you made your stunning quilt. Thank you!

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  6. You are a Darling - did you stitch by hand or on machine?
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial! These blocks are near the top of my list of blocks to make ASAP!!

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  8. Thanks so much!! I love them & will put them on my (huge) To Do list!

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  9. Thanks for the great tutorial! One of these has been added to my list!

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  10. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I have already completed one trial block and I love it! :)

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  11. Very cute!!! I love the way you bordered them, it really sets the pinwheel off!! Love your work, and thanks for the link love!

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  12. Thank you so much Rita! This will come in handy!

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  13. These are so so darling! I've always wondered how to make these an easy way. Thanks for this. Fabulous.

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  14. Thank You for the template for this precious mini pinwheel quilt. I loved it the minute I saw it and would like to make one. I've always liked little things so this one is a definite "I need to make it" kind of quilt!

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  15. Enjoying viewing your blog, love the colors in your hexagon quilt and the pinwheels too, I like bright and alive and happy. Thanks for sharing. have a great quilting week.

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  16. Very Cute...I'm a new gal over here sent from Lurline. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing the template!

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  18. Thanks for the template and the link to sewtakeahike. It will fit the president's challenge at the local guild-use 20 fabrics in 10 different colors using only ONE pattern piece. I think this will work very nicely...Renea in Tennessee

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