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Sew Festive Christmas Quilt

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The Sew Festive Christmas Quilt pattern is an adorable beginner-friendly quilt pattern for those new to quilting and are looking to try a pattern that is a bit more challenging. You’ll love the simplicity of this free Christmas quilt pattern. 

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sew festive christmas quilt pattern

Happy Holidays! I have a new free Christmas Quilt Pattern for you today!

Sew Festive Christmas Quilt pattern

This Holiday quilt pattern uses various-sized square and rectangle fabric pieces to make the blocks, plus yardage for the borders. The blocks are sewn together with a bit of sashing in between. It’s a perfect quilt for beginners. Quite a bit of patchwork for a challenge, but all straight stitches makes the process simple and perfect for beginners.

The pattern uses ten different Holiday fabrics (plus background fabric and a few scraps of brown for the tree trunks), so it is perfect for showcasing your favorite line of Christmas fabrics. I use the Cozy Christmas line from Riley Blake for my version of this Sew Festive Holiday quilt pattern.

Why make this quilt

  • It’s adorable and so perfect for the holidays.
  • The free quilt pattern includes a printable pdf pattern/template for you to save and use.
  • The pattern is a great scrap buster. You can piece it as shown in the pattern, and you will need around a quarter yard or fat quarter for most fabrics. You can also just use whatever Christmas-themed fabric scraps you have. Each block needs a background fabric and a few scraps for the main color.
  • You’ll be making three different blocks (a Christmas tree block a star block and a chain block.) These three blocks all start with squares and are very simple to make. christmas quilt blocks

Where Do I Get The Pattern Template?

The link for the free Sew Festive Quilt pattern/template is under the materials needed section. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (It takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Ready to make the quilt?

Read on for the fabric amounts, sewing instructions, and downloadable templates.

Skill Level:

Beginner-friendly

Fabric Amounts Needed

  • Yellow (fabric 1): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Red Plaid (fabric 2): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Blue Holly (fabric 3): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Green Candy Cane (fabric 4): 3/8 yard (or two fat quarters)
  • Green Stars (fabric 5): 1/8 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Green Plaid (fabric 6): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Blue Plaid (fabric 7): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Blue Candy Cane (fabric 8): 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Pink Candy Cane (fabric 9): 3/8 yard (or two fat quarters) 
  • Green Holly (fabric 10): 1/8 yard (or one fat quarter)
  • Brown (fabric 11): 1/8 yard (just a few scraps)
  • White (background/fabric 12): 3.5 yard
  • Binding: 7/8
  • Backing: 3 7/8

Materials needed:

  • Pattern
  • Fabric (see above for fabric amounts)
  • Rotary Cutter and mat
  • Ruler (If you want the use yardage for your quilt, this slotted ruler makes quick and easy work of cutting fabric into 2.5-inch strips.)
  • Iron
  • Basic quilting supplies

Pattern Notes:

  • Please read through the entire pattern before starting.
  • Scant1/4 inch seam allowances used.
  • WOF  = width of fabric. (wof for fabric calculations is 42 inches.)
  • RST = right sides together.
  • Press the seams to the darker/colored fabric side.

Sew Festive Christmas Quilt Sewing Instructions

Step one: Cut out all fabric pieces.

Cut the fabrics to the following sizes:

Yellow (fabric 1):

  • 8 – 4 by 4
  • 2 – 6.5 by 6.5

Red Plaid (fabric 2):

  • 8 – 4 by 4
  • 2 – 6.5 by 6.5

Blue Holly (fabric 3):

  • 6 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 3 by 3
  • 4 – 4 by 4
  • 1 – 6.5 by 6.5

Green Candy Cane (fabric 4):

  • 32 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 4 by 4
  • 1 – 6.5 by 6.5

Green Stars (fabric 5):

  • 6 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 3 by 3

Green Plaid (fabric 6):

  • 16 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 8 – 3 by 3

Blue Plaid (fabric 7): 

  • 6 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 3 by 3
  • 8 – 3.5 by 3.5
  • 2 – 6.5 by 6.5

Blue Candy Cane (fabric 8):

  • 16 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 8 – 3 by 3

Pink Candy Cane (fabric 9):

  • 46 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 4 by 4
  • 1 – 6.5 x 6.5

Green Holly (fabric 10):

  • 6 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 4 – 3 by 3

Brown (fabric 11):

  • 8 – 3 by 3

White (background fabric 12):

  • 49 – 12.5 by 2.5
  • 240 – 2.5 by 2.5
  • 40 – 3 by 3
  • 36 – 3.5 by 3.5
  • 36 – 4 by 4
  • border: 6 – 2.5 by wof

Step 2: Sew the star blocks.

1. Make the half-square triangles for all eight star blocks. 

Starting with the yellow star, grab four – 4-inch white squares and four – 4-inch yellow squares. Follow the diagram below to make eight half-square triangle blocks, using the 2-at-a-time method.

2 at a time half square triangle blocks

Press the blocks flat and trim the half-square triangle blocks to 3.5 inches.

Repeat with the fabrics for the other seven stars.

2. Assemble the star block according to the diagram below:

Sew the top row together.

Then for the 2nd row, sew the first two half-square triangle blocks together and then the other two half-square triangle blocks together as shown, then you can sew the three pieces together.

The third row is sewn together the same as the first. 

Then sew all three rows together. Press and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

sew festive christmas quilt

Repeat for the other seven star blocks.

Step 3: Sew the tree blocks.

1. Make the half-square triangles for all eight Christmas tree blocks. 

green half square triangles

Starting with the green star fabric, grab four – 3-inch white squares and four – 3-inch green star fabric squares. Follow the diagram below to make eight half-square triangle blocks, using the 2-at-a-time method.

Repeat for the other seven Christmas Tree blocks.

2. Make the tree trunks.

Grab one 3-inch brown square and one 3-inch white square. Cut the square in half. Sew one brown strip to one white strip. Repeat for the second set of white/brown strips.

Trim white/brown squares to 2.5 inches. (They will be a little long.)

tree trunch assembly

Repeat for the other seven tree trunks.

3. Assemble the Tree blocks.

Sew the tree block according to the diagram below. Start with the top row and sew the six squares together with a scant .25-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the next five rows.

Press the rows flat with the seams in alternating directions. (This will make it so easy to nest the seams.)

Then sew the rows together, press, and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

christmas tree block assembly

Repeat for the other seven Christmas Tree Blocks.

Step 4: Sew the Chain Blocks.

Sew the chain block according to the diagram below. Start with the top row and sew the six squares together with a scant .25-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the next five rows.

Press the rows flat with the seams in alternating directions. (This will make it so easy to nest the seams.)

Then sew the rows together, press, and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

chain block

Repeat for the other tree chain blocks.

Step 5: Add sashing to the blocks.

Grab five, 2.5 by 12.5-inch background fabric pieces and the four star blocks for the first row. Sew them together as shown below. Press the seams to one side.

vertical sashing diagram

Repeat this for the other four rows.

Step 6: sew the Horizontal sashing and cornerstones.

Grab five of the 2.5-inch cornerstone fabric pieces and 4 of the 12.5 by 2.5-inch sashing strips and sew them together as shown in the diagram below. Press the seams to one side.

horizontal sashing diagram

Repeat for the five other horizontal sashing rows.

Step 7: Sew the rows together.

The final step for the quilt top is to sew all of the rows together and then press the seams.

Grab a long ruler and a rotary cutter and trim/straighten up any wonky edges.

Step 8: Add the borders.

To make the borders, you will need to cut seven 2.5-inch by WOF from your background fabric. You will need to sew three together (Then cut them in half) for the top and bottom border and two together for each side border.

Sew the borders to the quilt top with a .25-inch seam allowance, and then press the quilt top.

Step 9: Make your quilt sandwich.

Make your quilt sandwich with your backing fabric, your favorite batting, and the quilt top. I love using spray baste to hold my layers together for lap-size quilts.

Step 10: quilt and bind as desired.

That’s it!

I can’t wait to see how your quilt turns out.

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Sew Festive Christms Quilt Pattern

sew festive christmas quilt
Prep Time 2 hours
Active Time 10 hours
Total Time 12 hours
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Pattern
  • Fabric (see above for fabric amounts)
  • Rotary Cutter and mat
  • Ruler (If you want the use yardage for your quilt, this slotted ruler makes quick and easy work of cutting fabric into 2.5-inch strips.)
  • Iron
  • Basic quilting supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Cut out all fabric pieces.

Step 2: Sew the star blocks.

1. Make the half-square triangles for all eight star blocks. 

Starting with the yellow star, grab four - 4-inch white squares and four - 4-inch yellow squares. Follow the diagram below to make eight half-square triangle blocks, using the 2-at-a-time method.

Press the blocks flat and trim the half-square triangle blocks to 3.5 inches.

Repeat with the fabrics for the other seven stars.

2. Assemble the star block according to the diagram in the post:

Sew the top row together. Then for the 2nd row, sew the first two half-square triangle blocks together and then the other two half-square triangle blocks together as shown, then you can sew the three pieces together.

The third row is sewn together the same as the first. 

Then sew all three rows together. Press and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

Repeat for the other seven star blocks.

Step 3: Sew the tree blocks.

1. Make the half-square triangles for all eight Christmas tree blocks. 

Starting with the green star fabric, grab four - 3-inch white squares and four - 3-inch green star fabric squares. Follow the diagram in the post to make eight half-square triangle blocks, using the 2-at-a-time method.

Make the half-square triangles for the other seven Christmas Tree blocks.

2. Make the tree trunks.

Grab one 3-inch brown square and one 3-inch white square. Cut the square in half. Sew one brown strip to one white strip. Repeat for the second set of white/brown strips.

Trim white/brown squares to 2.5 inches. (They will be a little long.)

Repeat for the other seven tree trunks.

3. Assemble the Tree blocks.

Sew the tree block according to the diagram below. Start with the top row and sew the six squares together with a scant .25-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the next five rows.

Press the rows flat with the seams in alternating directions. (This will make it so easy to nest the seams.)

Then sew the rows together, press, and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

Repeat for the other seven Christmas Tree Blocks.

Step 4: Sew the Chain Blocks.

Sew the chain block according to the diagram in the post. Start with the top row and sew the six squares together with a scant .25-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the next five rows.

Press the rows flat with the seams in alternating directions. (This will make it so easy to nest the seams.)

Then sew the rows together, press, and trim the block to 12.5 inches.

Repeat for the other tree chain blocks.

Step 5: Add sashing to the blocks.

Grab five, 2.5 by 12.5-inch background fabric pieces and the four star blocks for the first row. Sew them together as shown below. Press the seams to one side.

Repeat this for the other 4 rows.

Step 6: sew the Horizontal sashing and cornerstones.

Grab five of the 2.5-inch cornerstone fabric pieces and 4 of the 12.5 by 2.5-inch sashing strips and sew them together as shown in the diagram below. Press the seams to one side.

Repeat for the five other horizontal sashing rows.

Step 7: Sew the rows together.

The final step for the quilt top is to sew all of the rows together and then press the seams.

Grab a long ruler and a rotary cutter and trim/straighten up any wonky edges.

Step 8: Add the borders.

To make the borders, you will need to cut seven 2.5-inch by WOF from your background fabric. You will need to sew three together (Then cut them in half) for the top and bottom border and two together for each side border.

Sew the borders to the quilt top with a .25-inch seam allowance, and then press the quilt top.

Step 9: Make your quilt sandwich.

Make your quilt sandwich with your backing fabric, your favorite batting, and the quilt top. I love using spray baste to hold my layers together for lap-size quilts.

Step 10: quilt and bind as desired.

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4 Comments

  1. DOREEN ALEXANDER says:

    Question. On white background fabric 12.5 by 12.5 Is this correct 49 pieces of this size? I have all the other pieces cut out but this doesnt sound right.

    1. Definitely a typo!!! Those strips should be 12.5 by 2.5. Thank you for catching that, I do not have an editor other than myself.

  2. Great Job! This quilt pattern is Beautiful!