A few years ago I painted a barn quilt and a mini barn quilt with friends. It is really a lot of fun, and now you can make your own!
Maybe you’ve seen them hanging on barns, garages, or even houses as you drive around the city and country. They are lovely and so fun to spot.
Just like quilt patterns, you’ll find free barn quilt patterns as well.
Depending on the design and paint colors, you’ll find contrasting color, straight edge, diagonal lines, straight lines, different color but maybe the same design, bright colors, simple squares, and whatever else the artist decides to include.
The variety and style is really quite fun.
Don’t get hung up on if you have a barn or not – you don’t need one to have a barn quilt. I’ve seen them hung on porches and are adorable.
So, let’s get started – first thing is to pick the barn quilt pattern.
Free barn quilt designs:
Stained Barn Quilt – no need to paint here! The process is the same, but you’ll be using different colors or even layers of stain to get the look you want.
Ohio Star – three colors of paint is a perfect start for any level, with full instructions on making your own
This style is all about shapes of wood and stain. Would be fun to play around with the shapes and come up with your own design.
Instead of using a solid board – this style of barn quilt uses fencing boards. Looks great! Fun twist to it as well.
I love this idea! Super simple – using the white washed or painted board and then staining the rest. Two toned and goes with any decor. She uses a stencil for this – great idea again.
With this barn quilt you’ll see the process of designing it out on paper before starting. Super cute!
There are quite a few designs over here to check out. She has a quick how to as well.
Super simple two tone barn quilt with a little bit extra detail in the design. You’ll find it here.
This one is similar to the other above, using pieces of wood and then paint instead of a full board or slats. I believe she made this with cedar wood as well. Check it out here.
This barn quilt is not for beginners! It’s a great design though- so would be wonderful to try. You can find full instructions here.
Using the wood as the background and only painting individual parts is a really fun take on the design. You’ll see the process of drawing it out and using color matching to get just the right color paint for each section. This is a fussy design, but definitely one you could do with less colors if you wanted. See the instructions here.
This barn quilt is painted in four different sections and then put together. Great way to break up the larger project and size if you wanted. See the instructions here.
Materials needed to make your own barn quilt:
- painter’s tape – found here
- blow dryer – if you are wanting to get done quicker and need the paint to dry fast
- wood putty – for filling nail holes and making the wood surface smooth
- coloring pages – for practicing your paint color placement
- wooden board or wood block or composite sheets
- paint in the colors you have chosen – found here
- paper towels
How to Make A Barn Quilt: An Easy Tutorial
- Step 1: Prep your wood.
- Step 2: Prime your wood.
- Step 3: Draw your quilt block outline.
- Step 4: Tape off your first blocks and paint.
- Step 5: Continue taping off your different colors and painting.
- Step 6: Touch up any imperfections.
- Step 7: Add your hanging apparatus.
You can find my book shelf barn quilt here.
Explore more barn quilt books here.
Learn more about the history of barn quilts here.