Stars & Stripes Mini Quilt Tutorial


  • 10 – 4″ Red squares
  • 10 – 4″ White squares
  • 1/2 yd Blue fabric – Backing, applique, binding
  • 17″ x 17″ Batting square
  • Paper backed fusible web
  • Templates – Click this link

Cutting & Prep Instructions

Using a fabric safe marker, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white squares.

From the blue fabric, cut the following pieces following the cutting diagram below:

  • 1 – 18″x18″ piece for backing
  • 4 – 2-1/2″ x 24″ strips for binding
  • 1 – 24″ x 8″ piece for applique

Cutting diagram

Make Half Square Triangles


Pin a white fabric square on top of a red square, right sides together.






Stitch a scant quarter inch on each side of the drawn line.






Cut directly on the drawn line, making two triangles.






Press the seam to the red fabric on each piece. You now have two half square triangles.

Trim to 3-1/2″ square.



Assemble the Top

Sew the HST squares together in rows as shown in the diagram below. Press the seams on each row in opposite directions so the seams will ‘nest’ when sewing the rows together.

There will be 5 rows with 4 HST in each row.










Prepare Applique

Print the templates for the word “Welcome” and the star shapes.  Trim the excess paper from the printed template. Do not cut out the individual letters.












Cut out the center pieces for the letter “o” and the two “e” letters. (Marked on template)











Glue to the centers of those three letters.












Following the instructions for the paper backed fusible web, iron the fusible web to the wrong side of the 24″ x 8″ blue fabric. You WILL NOT need all of the 24″ x 8″ piece of fabric. Use only enough fusible web to accommodate the letters you will applique.

Pin or glue baste the “Welcome” letters and star shapes to the back of the blue fabric (you will be attaching the letters to the paper backed fusible web side).

Cut out the letters and star shapes.

Remove the paper backing from the fabric shapes.











Place the letters on the pieced red/white top, and press in place with an iron following the instructions of the fusible web.

Sew around all the shapes. Use whatever stitch you like. I used a simple straight stitch in a matching thread.











Layer, Quilt & Bind

Layer the backing fabric (wrong side up), the square of batting, and the quilt top and baste.

Quilt using any design you like. The sample quilt was quilted with an easy diagonal stitch in the ditch along the half square triangle pieces.


Trim the quilt to 12-1/2″ x 15-1/2″.

Sew the binding strips together end to end. I show how to make ‘Perfectly Joined Binding Strips’ on the Tutorial tab at the top of this page.

Attach the binding by machine or hand.

Use your favorite method for hanging (hanging sleeve, corners, etc.)  I added a hanging sleeve so I could hang this on my small flag pole in the garden occasionally.

Stars & Stripes Mini Quilt

Enjoy your quilt!

Click here for a printable PDF version of this tutorial.