Postage Stamp Mini Quilt Tutorial

The Postage Stamp quilt is a classic. It’s a great one for using your little pieces of fabric….either matching from a line of fabric, or a pile of scraps. Either way the result is the same.  Cute. Simple.  Mindless sewing.

To help with the mindless sewing you will be making a custom grid on muslin for the fabric squares to go on…then sewing them all together row by row.  It’s a pretty slick method.

postage stamp mini quilt tutorial great for scraps

I had found in my goodies from quilt market a two small packs of fabrics from Westminster.  They were precuts and they were seriously random pieces of fabric from random lines of fabric they were showcasing during quilt market.  There is really no rhyme or reason to them.  They are a crazy blend….. something that I would seriously find in my stash.  So, I went for it.  There is 2 of each square because I used both packs, but this quilt mini quilt really would work great for using your scraps up.

If you have more squares to use, then your quilt won’t be so mini.  Go ahead and use them!  When working out how large you need to go, divide the number of squares into rows and columns. Example– eight rows across by five columns— you would need 40 squares of fabric.  Get it?  This is perfect for customizing depending on the stash and squares that you want to use.

Materials needed:

48 squares 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″

muslin backing fabric 30″ X 20″ for the grid

pencil

ruler

second muslin piece or batting 15″ X 20″

backing fabric 15″ X 20″

Super Stick from Thermoweb (used to tack glue the squares in place)

postage stamp mini quilt tutorial great for scraps

finished size: 14″ X 18″

Postage Stamp Mini Quilt Tutorial

1)  Measure your fabric squares –just in case they are off just a bit  –these are from a little pack and they have the pinking shears area and are a bit larger than the 2 1/2″ square.  I used the measurement I got from them to use in the next step.  Please measure your squares and then go with the measurement you find.

postage stamp quilt measure your block

2)  Start along one side of the fabric and using a ruler, mark off a line with a pencil and ruler the measurement that you come up with (I drew mine at 2 3/4″) — if you are using the 2 1/2″ squares, your measurement marked will be 2 1/2″

mark your lines to make the grid

3)  Repeat measuring and drawing the lines on the muslin background until you have enough squares drawn for the squares you are using.  My grid was 8 squares across by 6 squares down.

your grid all layed out

4)  Lay the squares out on the muslin until you are happy with the placement

postage stamp quilt layout

5)  Using a glue super stick (thermoweb is my favorite!) tack the corners down of each square

postage stamp quilt glue the pieces down to secure

tack the corners of the squares down

6)  Fold over one full line — the fold will naturally follow the edges of the squares, iron if needed

fold and iron if needed

7)  Sew 1/4″ seam along the fold line

sew along folded edge

8)  Repeat- fold and sew, fold and sew until you finish one direction of the mini quilt

one side sewn

9)  Iron the seams to one size

iron all the seams

10)  Repeat – fold and sew until you finish the other seams of the mini quilt.  Below is how the back looks like when it’s done.

backside of the postage stamp mini quilt

11)  Layer the top, another piece of muslin (or batting if you choose) and backing fabric.  I decided just to line it with muslin because the foundation fabric that is sewn along with the squares give it a bit of weight.  The size of the mini quilt is kind of small and so I didn’t want to use batting and make it poofy.  You can decide for yourself what you’d like to do when you get to this stage.

layer your quilt pieces

12)  Quilt as desired– I decided to do a diagonal cross hatch quilt pattern. Super simple and quick to do

cross hatch quilting

13)  Bind the mini quilt — I used the roll over binding where you fold it from the back to the front

binding corner

postage stamp mini quilt tutorial - simple and cute

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  1. Cheryl in PA

    2 February

    Hi Becky! This is a fab tutorial. Using a gluestick is a better idea than using fusible web, which I’ve done. Even the lightest fusible makes the quilt a little stiff. On a regular ironing board, you cannot iron all the squares at once. I would think, if you wanted a larger grid, the fabric would be easier to sew than to try ot fuse two pieces of the webbing together. I struggled with that one, lol. I am going to try your method!!!

  2. AG

    2 February

    Becky thanks for such a clever idea. I am going to have to try this method. I prefer sewing mini quilts so this method would be ideal as gifts.

  3. Brenda

    2 February

    Thanks for sharing this great tute! I have thousands of bits and pieces and this will make a fun and exciting project!

  4. Kathy E.

    2 February

    I’m excited to try this and can’t wait to start digging through my scraps to create something pretty! Your tutorial is an eye-opener for me! Thank you!

  5. Sandy Brown

    25 August

    I am confused with your measurements. The materials list says 2 1/2 ” squares. In the instructions it is talking about 2 3/4″ and the fabric shown is 2 3/4″.

  6. Becky

    14 September

    Sandy- thanks for pointing that out. I have updated the post about the measurement. But basically measure the squares you are using….this could even work for larger squares as well. Mine turned out to be 2 3/4 because of the pinking sheared edge- but all the blocks were the same size, so I went with the measurement. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Liz Sawyer

    5 October

    Just made a lovely little winter coloured mini quilt by following your tutorial. It was so easy and I had a little 21/2 inch charm pack which was just sitting in my stash waiting to be used. Thank you so much for sharing this technique.

  8. Cindy M in Oregon

    11 July

    I think I like the sound of this technique better than the interfacing idea (for pillows). I am going to try both though just to see which is easier. On to the test!

  9. Pat

    5 December

    Will make an adorable little quilt for our Great Granddaughter’s doll crib! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Becky

    5 December

    Great idea Pat! Plus, you can use up your fun fabric too!

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