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Free Popsicle Quilt Block Pattern

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Make an adorable Popsicle Quilt for all your summer fun with this free Popsicle Quilt block! The included quilt block pattern has two sizes, so you can easily make a quilt with or without sashing. The block can also be used for totes, pillows, and even wall hangings!

The free pdf pattern template is available in 2 sizes for a variety of quilts.

free popsicle quilt block pattern

Popsicle Quilt Blocks Make the perfect Bright and Cheery Quilt

If you love fun and bright quilts, have the cutest sewing project to share with you today!

This simple Popsicle Quilt Block is so fun to sew. To make the block, you are basically sewing together a few squares and rectangles according to the pattern, so it is a perfect project for beginners looking to up their game. (Or anyone looking for a sweet and colorful project.)

This free block pattern comes with two different-sized popsicle quilt blocks. The popsicles are the same size in each block; the difference between them is the amount of fabric around the popsicle.

free popsicle quilt block 2 sizes

The first is a 10-inch finished block, perfect for quilters who want to add different colored sashing around the block. (See a few quilt examples below.)

The second popsicle block is a 14-inch finished block with the look of the same color sashing built in.

I really like the idea of the second block; it gives a bit more of a modern look, with added negative space around the popsicles. Plus, when you use this block in a quilt, the quilt comes together so fast! (My favorite kind of quilt project, lol.)

I love sharing these simple block patterns. They are perfect for beginner sewists looking to make something different or a more experienced quilter just looking for a cute project to use up all those tiny scraps!

Make an easy popsicle quilt

I can’t wait to get started on my popsicle quilt. It feels like I waited forever for the fat quarter set I ordered for this quilt to arrive. But the fabric is absolutely gorgeous and worth the wait!

fabric for the popsicle quilt block

I searched around for the perfect background fabric and settled on this polka dot from Joann’s. (Mainly due to price.) I kind of regret not splurging on my 2nd choice. (a Riley Blake polka-dot fabric.) While less expensive, the fabric I bought from Joanns was thin and a bit see-through, but I’m sure it will be fine. I am not entering any contests, lol.

But the rainbow Fat Quarter set I bought from Etsy is just gorgeous!

I’ve actually had this quilt block and two quilt patterns almost ready to go since earlier this summer, but we’ve been so busy trying to get driver’s licenses, volleyball activities every week, spending our free time on the lake, and also trying to finish up a huge house project, I have been worn out and kind of lost focus and my sewing motivation.

Summer is nearly over, so I figured I better get this quilt block pattern published immediately, lol.

Popsicle Quilt Ideas

There are so many fun ways to use these quilt blocks. 

An example of the 10-inch block with a contrasting sashing fabric could look like this:

popsicle quilt with bright contrasting sashing

So cute!

And a simpler version made with the 14-inch block:

popsicle quilt 1

A few other ideas for using the popsicle block in quilts:

popsicle quilt varitions

I can’t decide which I prefer. They are all so much fun! Do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments.

*I do actually have a quilt pattern coming using this block. Stay tuned as I will update this post with the pattern information and instructions and will send out an update via email as well.

Helpful Tips:

  • Press your fabric before cutting. Using starch helps when sewing with smaller pieces. 
  • I love this new pressing tool/seam roller I recently bought. It works so much better than finger pressing and saves me from going back and forth from my machine to my ironing board. 
  • Sew this popsicle block using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, and don’t forget to double-check your seams with a seam allowance ruler.
  • Press the seams towards the colored fabric.

More easy and fun quilt blocks to try:

Are you ready to get started?


Skill Level:

Beginner friendly

Time Needed:

About 25 minutes.

Popsicle Quilt Block Details:

Unfinished, the blocks are 10.5 inches and 14.5 inches. The finished sizes are 10 and 14.

Access The Popsicle Quilt Block Template

Here

Materials needed

  • Pattern template
  • 5 different fabrics (3 scraps for the popsicle, one for the stick, and a larger piece for the background.)
  • Basic quilting and sewing supplies: ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter, quilting needle, 1/4 inch seam allowance presser foot

How to make the 10-inch Popsicle quilt block

Step 1: Gather fabrics.

You need three small colorful scraps for the popsicle, a small scrap for the popsicle stick, and a large scrap or part of a fat quarter for the background.

Step 2: Cut Fabric pieces.

Background Fabric

  • 2 – 3.5 inch by 8.5 inch
  • 2 – 5 inch by 3 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 2.5 inch
  • 2 – 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch
  • 1 – 1.5 inch by 1.25 inch

Patterned Fabric

  • 3 – 4.5 by 2.5 (for the popsicle)
  • 1 – 1.5 by 2.25 (for the popsicle stick)

Step 3: Make the block.

(10-inch block)

1. Sew the bottom row together:

how to make a popsicle quilt block - step 1

Sew the 1.5 x 2.25 popsicle stick fabric and the 1.5 x 1.25 background piece together. Finger press the seams flat. Then, sew the 5 x 3-inch pieces to each side. (This is where having a mini iron and pressing pad or the small seam roller tool comes in handy.)

2. Sew the center column/popsicle together.

how to make a popsicle quilt block

First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the popsicle

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 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece of fabric that will be the popsicle top.
  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.
  5. Repeat on the other side.
how to make a snowball corner
How to make a snowball corner.

Next, sew the 4.5 x 2.5-inch background piece to the top of the 4.5 x 2.5-inch fabric piece you added the snowball corners to.

10 inch popsicle quilt block assembly

Finger press the seams, then sew the 2nd 4.5 x 2.5 patterned piece to the bottom of that piece and finger press. Then, sew the final 4.5 x 2.5-inch patterned fabric piece to the popsicle. Press the seams flat.

3. Sew the sides to the popsicle.

Sew the 3.5 x 8.5-inch background fabric pieces to each side of the popsicle. Press the seams flat.

popsicle quilt block instructions

Then, sew the bottom piece to the top piece, and press the seams flat.

10 inch popsicle quilt block assemblu - fiinal step

And that is it!

small popsicle quilt block

How to make the 14-inch Popsicle block:

Step 1: Gather fabrics.

You need three small colorful scraps for the popsicle, a small scrap for the popsicle stick, and a large scrap or part of a fat quarter for the background.

Step 2: Cut Fabric pieces.

Background Fabric

  • 2 – 5.5 inch by 14.5 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 3.25 inch
  • 2 – 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch
  • 2 – 2 inch by 2.25 inch

Patterned Fabric

  • 3 – 4.5 by 2.5 (for the popsicle)
  • 1 – 1.5 by 2.25 (for the popsicle stick)
14 inch popsicle block pattern

Step 3: Make the Block

(14-inch block)

1. Sew the popsicle stick row together.

14 inch popsicle quilt block assembly step 1

Sew the two 2 x 2.25 background fabric pieces to the 1.5 x 2.25-inch popsicle stick fabric. Press the seams flat.

2. Sew the center column/popsicle together.

how to make a popsicle quilt block

First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the popsicle

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 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece of fabric that will be the popsicle top.
  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.
  5. Repeat on the other side.
how to make a snowball corner
How to make a snowball corner.

Next, sew the 4.5 by 4.5-inch background fabric piece to the 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece you added the snowball corners to.

Finger press the seams, then sew the 2nd 4.5 x 2.5 patterned piece to the bottom of that piece and finger press. Then, sew the final 4.5 x 2.5-inch patterned fabric piece to the popsicle. Press the seams flat.

how to assemble the 14 inch popsicle quilt block

Then sew the 4.5 by 2.25 inch fabric piece (with the popsicle stick), to the bottom of the row. Sew the 4.5-inch by 3.25-inch background fabric piece to the bottom. Press all the seams.

3. Sew the sides to the popsicle/center column.

Sew the 14.5 x 5.5-inch background pieces to each side of the popsicle. Press the seams flat, and that is it!

Press the seams flat, and that is it!

Let me know what you think! I am excited to get going on my quilt; it will be so cute and colorful – my favorite kind of quilt!

Did you try this Popsicle quilt block?

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Popsicle Quilt Block Assembly

free popsicle quilt block

Make an adorable Popsicle Quilt with this free Popsicle Quilt block! The included quilt block pattern has two sizes, so you can easily make a quilt with or without sashing. The block can also be used for totes, pillows, and even wall hangings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Pattern template
  • 5 different fabrics (3 scraps for the popsicle, one for the stick, and a larger piece for the background.)

Tools

  • Basic quilting and sewing supplies: ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter, quilting needle, 1/4 inch seam allowance presser foot

Instructions

10 inch Posicle Block

Step 1: Gather Fabrics.

  1. You need three small colorful scraps for the popsicle, a small scrap for the popsicle stick, and a large scrap or part of a fat quarter for the background.

Step 2: Cut Fabric pieces.

Background Fabric

  • 2 – 3.5 inch by 8.5 inch
  • 2 – 5 inch by 3 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 2.5 inch
  • 2 – 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch
  • 1 – 1.5 inch by 1.25 inch

Patterned Fabric

  • 3 – 4.5 by 2.5 (for the popsicle)
  • 1 – 1.5 by 2.25 (for the popsicle stick)

Step 3: Make The Block.

1. Sew the bottom row together:

  1. Sew the 1.5 x 2.25 popsicle stick fabric and the 1.5 x 1.25 background piece together. Finger press the seams flat. Then, sew the 5 x 3-inch pieces to each side. (This is where having a mini iron and pressing pad or the small seam roller tool comes in handy.)

2. Sew the center column/popsicle together.

  1. First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the popsicle. 
  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 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece of fabric that will be the popsicle top..
  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. Repeat on the other side.
  8. (see blog post for images.)
  9. Next, sew the 4.5 x 2.5-inch background piece to the top of the 4.5 x 2.5-inch fabric piece you added the snowball corners to.
  10. Finger press the seams, then sew the 2nd 4.5 x 2.5 patterned piece to the bottom of that piece and finger press. Then, sew the final 4.5 x 2.5-inch patterned fabric piece to the popsicle. Press the seams flat.

3. Sew the sides to the popsicle.

  1. Sew the 3.5 x 8.5-inch background fabric pieces to each side of the popsicle. Press the seams flat.
  2. Then, sew the bottom piece to the top piece and press the seams flat. And that is it!

14-inch Popsicle Block

Step 1: Gather Fabrics.

  1. You need three small colorful scraps for the popsicle, a small scrap for the popsicle stick, and a large scrap or part of a fat quarter for the background.

Step 2: Cut Fabric pieces.

Background Fabric

  • 2 – 5.5 inch by 14.5 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 4.5 inch
  • 1 – 4.5 inch by 3.25 inch
  • 2 – 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch
  • 2 – 2 inch by 2.25 inch

Patterned Fabric

  • 3 – 4.5 by 2.5 (for the popsicle)
  • 1 – 1.5 by 2.25 (for the popsicle stick)

Step 3: Make The Block

1. Sew the popsicle stick row together.

  1. Sew the two 2 x 2.25 background fabric pieces to the 1.5 x 2.25-inch popsicle stick fabric. Press the seams flat.

2. Sew the center column/popsicle together.

  1. First, using two of the 1.5-inch background squares, snowball the top corners of the popsicle. 
  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 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece of fabric that will be the popsicle top.
  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. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Next, sew the 4.5 by 4.5-inch background fabric piece to the 4.5 x 2.5-inch piece you added the snowball corners to.
  9. Finger press the seams, then sew the 2nd 4.5 x 2.5 patterned piece to the bottom of that piece and finger press. Then, sew the final 4.5 x 2.5-inch patterned fabric piece to the popsicle. Press the seams flat.
  10. Then sew the 4.5 by 2.25 inch fabric piece (with the popsicle stick), to the bottom of the row. Sew the 4.5-inch by 3.25-inch background fabric piece to the bottom. Press all the seams.

3. Sew the sides to the popsicle/center column.

  1. Sew the 14.5 x 5.5-inch background pieces to each side of the popsicle. Press the seams flat, and that is it.

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