Pinwheel Star Block Sewing Tutorial

Friday, 27 March 2015

Hello, Sew happy to see you again!
It's been a little while since I last uploaded any content on the blog and I've been so inspired to create lately. With newly found desire to sew to my hearts content, I thought I'd create a new tutorial for you all!

*This block measures 12 1/2" unfinished*

To create this Pinwheel star block, you'll need a few supplies:

  • (1) 4.5" x 4.5" square using light fabric, cut diagonally twice
  • (1) 4.5" square using dark or patterned fabric, cut diagonally twice
  • (2) 4" squares, cut diagonally once
  • (8) 3.5" squares using dark or patterned fabric
  • (4) 3.5"  squares using light fabric
  • (1) 3.5" x 6.5" rectangle using the same light fabric as the squares above.


To create the inner pinwheel, lay the triangle shapes as shown.

Sew the two quarter triangles together. When ironing these pieces, be sure you press it against the darker fabric.

Next, you'll need to sew the next triangle to the already sewn units. The overhanging corners sticking out can be trimmed away at this point.

Arrange the pinwheel pieces so that they seams are opposing each other as follows.

Then sew the pieces together in pairs.
You may find it tricky to match up the pieces insuring they meet up perfectly in the centre. I don't really have any tricks for getting this right, apart from a little practice!
Once sewn and pressed, you should have successfully created your inner pinwheel (measuring 6 1/2" unfinished)

To create the flying geese panels, place one of the 3 1/2" squares against the rectangle with right sides together.
Sew the two pieces together from the bottom corner diagonally across. For beginners like me, you may find it easy if you use a pencil to draw a straight line across to use as a guide.

Trim the excess corners away and repeat on the other side and again for the next 3 panels.

Lay out the pieces to your block and sew them together in rows. Make sure you're checking that the diagonally seems all converge in the centre of the block, again this may take some practice!

Press one last time and you're block is complete, Doesn't it look sew pretty!?

I hope you all enjoyed this quick post, I absolutely loved making it!!
I promise I'll post a lot more regularly than I have in the past. I'm already getting super excited planning some upcoming posts!

Happy crafting!

Love Megan xo