Monday, May 20, 2013

Mini Magnet Quilts

Half the fun in sewing a quilt is deciding how to arrange all the pieces and with this fun mini magnet quilt, you can rearrange the pieces over and over again to your heart's content! It stores easily in a recycled mint container... or on your fridge! These mini quilts are perfect for gift giving too!

Note: I originally published this tutorial in my portfolio, but over the next little while I'll be working on re-publishing these tutorials here just to simplify things and keep it all together.

You will need:

  1. adhesive business card magnets
  2. fabric scraps
  3. dark thread*
  4. paper
  5. pen
  6. empty mint tin
  7. small bit of stuffing

Not pictured: sewing machine, sewing scissors, rotary cutting supplies

*Sewing through the magnets makes the thread a little dirty. Use a darker color thread and it won't show.

Use rotary cutting supplies to cut magnets into the following pieces:

  • 1" x 1" squares (cut 13)
  • 1" x 3" rectangles (cut 4) 

Peel paper off magnet and fix the sticky side of the magnet onto the back of a fabric scrap.

Trim fabric around magnet.

With fabric side up, sew around magnet using an 1/8" seam allowance, making sure to backstitch as you stop and start.
When you finish sewing, there will be a slight bump next to the backstitching.

Trim bump next to backstitching so the edge is straight.

Repeat steps 2-5 for all pieces.

To create mini magnets, cut 4 pieces from magnet measuring 1/2" x 1/2".
Remove paper, stick to fabric, and trim each piece.

If giving as a gift, add a personal note.

Use mini magnets to fix note to the inside of the tin's lid.
Arrange quilt pieces inside tin.

Add a small bit of stuffing to keep quilt pieces in place while traveling.

Add a ribbon and you're ready to give the gift that keeps on giving--creativity!

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