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Sew an Acorn Quilt Block

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Learn how to make this fun Acorn Quilt Block. The included quilt block pattern makes a 9 and 12-inch finished block. This darling fall-themed quilt block is a perfect scrap-busting project and can be used in quilts, table runners, pillows even wall hangings!

acorn quilt block

The perfect quilt block for fall

I’ve got the cutest fall quilt block tutorial to share with you today!

This easy Acorn Quilt Block is such a fun little project. You need 3 different fabrics for the acorn block (the background, cap, and acorn bottom), and are basically sewing various size squares together, with a couple of snowball corners to make the acorn shape. It’s perfect for beginner sewists looking to make something different or a more experienced quilter just looking for a cute project to use up all of those tiny scraps!

Acorn Quilt Block

The Acorn Quilt block comes with a free printable pattern/template and includes the two different-sized blocks. Just what you need so you can easily vary the look of your projects.

acorn quilt block in 2 sizes

The quilt block pattern is available in 2 sizes: a 9-inch finished block and a 12-inch finished block. The 9-inch size is perfect for quilts, and table runners, and the 12-inch size would work great for fall-themed pillows or wall hangings.

Project ideas

I am actually planning an acorn quilt pattern, although I am still torn on the design. (The pattern will be a 9-inch acorn block alternating with a chain block.)

acorn quilt

Unfortunately, I have already ordered the fabric needed to make the 1st version. If I want to do one of the versions with the patchwork border, I will have to order more fabric. It will be pretty, either way, that fabric is just gorgeous. 

The fabric I’m using is Wildberry Creek from Andover Fabrics. I ordered from various Etsy shops to get the amounts I needed; some shops sell in 1/4-yard increments. (The fabric just came tonight, or I would have sewn my sample acorns out of this fabric. )

fall quilt fabric

However, I also love the idea of using this acorn quilt block as a wall hanging in a set of three using the 12-inch blocks. (Either a set of 3 individual finished pieces or 3 sewn together in a vertical hanging.) That may be what I will do with my samples.

We’ll see.

There are just so many things that can be done with this Acorn quilt block.

Helpful Tips:

  • Press your fabric before cutting. Using starch will help when sewing with smaller pieces. 
  • I am loving this new pressing tool/seam roller I recently bought. Works so much better than finger pressing and saves me from having to go back and forth from my machine to my ironing board. 
  • Sew this acorn block using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, and don’t forget to double-check your seams with a seam allowance ruler. Don’t bother with the magnetic guide; it doesn’t work for a 1/4 seam allowance. The ruler I usually link to is out of stock.)
  • Press the seams towards the colored fabric.
acorn quilt blocks

Are you ready to get started?

Download The Acorn Quilt Block Template

Here

Materials Needed To Make The Acorn Block

  • Acorn Template
  • 3 different fabrics (a few scraps are all you need for a single block.)
  • Basic quilting and sewing supplies: ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter, quilting needle, 1/4 inch seam allowance presser foot

Skill Level:

Beginner friendly

Time Needed:

About 25 minutes.

Acorn Quilt Block Details:

Unfinished, the blocks are 9.5 inches and 12.5 inches. The finished sizes are 9 and 12.

For today’s tutorial, I am sewing the 9-inch block.

Step 1: Cut Your Squares

Dimensions are in inches, width x height. (The cutting dimensions for both sizes can also be found on the printable template.)

Background fabric:

  • 4 – 4.5 x 2.5
  • 2 – 1.5 x 2.5
  • 1 – 9.5 x 1.5
  • 5 – 1.5 x 1.5

Acorn top:

  • 1 – 1.5 x 1.5
  • 1 – 7.5 x 2.5 

Acorn bottom:

  • 1 – 5.5.5 x 4.5 

step 2: Sew the first row together.

  1. Sew the two 1.5-inch scares together. Press and then add the two 4.5 x 2.5 sides. (This is where having a mini iron and pressing pad or the small seam roller tool comes in handy.
how to make an acorn block

step 3: Sew the second row of the Acorn Quilt Block together.

sewing instructions for acorn block

First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the acorn cap. 

To snowball the corners:

  1. Draw a line from corner to corner on one of the 1.5 by 1.5-inch squares. Line the square along the top right corner of the side of the 7.5 by 2.5 strip of acorn top fabric.
  2. Sew along the line you drew.
  3. Trim off the excess fabric.
  4. Press the corner flat with an iron and use a ruler to square up any wonky corners.
how to make a snowball corner

(Click the image and open in a new tab to see it larger.)

Then sew the 1.5 x 2.5-inch background squares to the sides of the acorn top. 

Step 4: Sew the 3rd row together

Snowball the two lower corners of the acorn bottom with two 1.5-inch background squares.

Then add the two 2.5 by 4.5-inch background pieces to the acorn bottom.

Step 5: sew all the rows together.

Press the 1st 3 rows flat with an iron. Then line up the four rows of the acorn quilt block (the 4th row is a 9.5 by 1.5-inch strip) and sew them together.

acorn quilt block
how to sew an acorn quilt block together
acorn quilt block

Press flat, trim up the edges, and you are done!

Now make a bunch more.

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Yield: 1 9 inch acorn block

Acorn Quilt Block Assembly Instructions

acorn quilt block

Make this fun Acorn Quilt Block! The included quilt block pattern makes a 9-inch finished block. This darling fall-themed quilt block is a perfect scrap-busting project and can be used in quilts, table runners, pillows even wall hangings!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Scrap fabric (at least 3 colors)
  • Basic sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Cut Your Squares

  1. Dimensions are in inches, width x height. (The cutting dimensions for both sizes can also be found on the printable template.)

Background fabric:

  1. 4 – 4.5 x 2.5
  2. 2 – 1.5 x 2.5
  3. 1 – 9.5 x 1.5
  4. 5 – 1.5 x 1.5

Acorn top:

  1. 1 – 1.5 x 1.5
  2. 1 – 7.5 x 2.5 

Acorn bottom:

  1. 1 – 5.5.5 x 4.5 

Step 2: Sew the first row together.

  1. Sew the two 1.5-inch scares together. Press and then add the two 4.5 x 2.5 sides. (This is where having a mini iron and pressing pad or the small seam roller tool comes in handy.

Step 3: Sew the second row together.

  1. First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the acorn cap. 
  2. To snowball the corners:
  3. Draw a line from corner to corner on one of the 1.5 by 1.5-inch squares. Line the square along the top right corner of the side of the 7.5 by 2.5 strip of acorn top fabric.
  4. Sew along the line you drew.
  5. Trim off the excess fabric.
  6. Press the corner flat with an iron and use a ruler to square up any wonky corners.
  7. Then sew the 1.5 x 2.5-inch background squares to the sides of the acorn top. 

Step 4: Sew the 3rd row together

  1. Snowball the two lower corners of the acorn bottom with two 1.5-inch background squares.
  2. Then add the two 2.5 by 4.5-inch background pieces to the acorn bottom.

Step 5: sew all the rows together.

  1. Press the 1st 3 rows flat with an iron. Then line up the four rows (the 4th row is a 9.5 by 1.5-inch strip) and sew them together.

 

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