Make It Mini: Sew for World Craft Week

It’s our favourite week of the year… World Craft Week! This year’s event is teaming up with Bliss – the charity that supports families of premature or ill babies, so it’s a great chance to craft for a good cause and share your love of quilting too.

To celebrate the week, we’re launching a #makeitmini challenge! We’re downsizing our favourite quilt blocks and making them up in miniature versions (4in to be precise) – they’re both super-speedy and totally adorable!

Join in the fun!

All you have to do is make your tiny top quilt blocks and show them off on social media by hashtagging #makeitmini #worldcraftweek and #craft4bliss. Scroll down for our mini block tutorials to get you started.

Our challenge is just one part of a huge range of sewalongs, giveaways and craft gatherings happening this week. Find out more about World Craft Week here for more ways to get involved. If you’d like to make a donation to Bliss when you join our challenge, you can donate online at www.bliss.org.uk/craft4bliss or text MAKE14 followed by the amount to 70070 – for example MAKE14£10.

Plus! We’ve got a great prize for one of you lucky crafters… sew along for the chance to win two gorgeous Lecien jelly rolls, as well as five spools of Cosmo thread, eleven sparkly spools of metallic thread and a Lecien Jelly Beads Zipper! We’ll pick our favourite block from your pictures at the end of the week and send you this scrumptious prize bundle.

How to make a mini four-patch

Step one: From white fabric cut:

Two (2) 212in squares.

Step two: From coloured fabric cut:

Two (2) 212in squares.

Step three: Sew the four squares in two rows of two. Then sew the rows together to make a four-patch that measures 4x4in.

How to make a mini pinwheel

Step one: From white fabric cut:

Two (2) 3in squares.

Step two: From coloured fabric cut:

Two (2) 3in squares.

Step three: Pair a white square with a coloured square, RST. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. Sew 14in from either side of the line.

Step four: Cut along the marked line to make two HSTs. Press the seams towards the darker fabric. Repeat with your second two squares.

Step five: Assemble your squares into two rows of two, positioning the HSTs to make a pinwheel. Sew together as you would a four-patch. Your finished block will be 4x4in.

Make a mini chevron

Step one: From white fabric cut:

Two (2) 3in squares.

Step two: From yellow fabric cut:

One (1) 3in square.

Step three: From teal fabric cut:

One (1) 3in square.

Step four: Make four (4) HSTs, following the instructions from the Pinwheel block. Arrange in two rows of two, matching the white HSTs to make a chevron shape. Sew together as you would a four-patch.

How to make a Half Log Cabin

Step one: From print fabric cut:

One (1) 112in square.

Step two: From pink fabric cut:

One (1) 112in square.

One (1) 112in x 212in strip.

Step three: From white fabric cut:

One (1) 112in x 212in strip.

One (1) 212in x 312in strip.

Step four: From turquoise fabric cut:

One (1) 212in x 312in strip.

One (1) 312in x 412in strip.

Step five: Place the 112in print square RST with the pink 112in square. Sew together, open out and press.

Step six: With the print square on the right, sew the pink 112in x 212in strip across the top.

Step seven: Continue piecing the strips in this way until the block is complete.

Make a mini HST block

Step one: From white fabric cut:

Two (2) 3in squares.

Step two: From yellow fabric cut:

One (1) 3in square.

Step three: From teal fabric cut:

One (1) 3in square.

Step four: From pink fabric cut:

One (1) 3in square.

Step five: Make four (4) HSTs in the following combinations, using the instructions from the Pinwheel block:

One (1) white/yellow HST.

One (1) white/teal HST.

Two (2) white/pink HSTs.

Step six: Sew together as you would a four-patch, meeting the coloured triangles in the centre to form a square.