Good day everyone. I wanted to post a very short, quick tutorial for anyone who is currently stitching pinwheels or wants to stitch pinwheels.
For the quilt I’m sewing, I needed to end up with a finished pinwheel, measuring 8.5″x8.5″. In order to accomplish that size of a block, I cut two squares each 7″.
Step #1 – With right sides together, stitch around the perimeter of the fabric unit, 1/4″ from the outside edge.
Press. This is a very important step. It ensures that when the fabric unit is cut, the half square triangles all measure the same.
Placing your ruler at opposite diagonal corners, cut through both layers of fabric with your fabric cutter. Leave pieces in place.
Pick up your ruler, place it on the alternating diagonal corners and cut.
Press to set the seams of the four half-square triangle units.
Open and press towards the darker fabric.
Lay out the pinwheel on your sewing table.
Stitch one side together, pressing seams towards the top. Repeat on the other side, pressing seams towards the bottom. Stitch together along the mid-line.
There we go! You’re left with the perfect pinwheel.
It’s such an easy way to stitch a whole lot of pinwheels.
Talk again soon. Thanks so much.
Melanie Claire says
what an awesome technique!!…thanks!