Elf Pillows on Point — Block Variation #2

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©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2009. All rights reserved.

User assumes all risk. Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project.

Please read entire pattern carefully all the way through before beginning.

This block expands on the method used in Block Variation #1.  This time we will make the block smaller and put 4 units together to form a pinwheel.

Materials required for each block:
• Focal Fabric – four 2.5 inch squares
• Accent (triangle) Fabric – four 2.5 inch squares* (contrasting)
• Coordinating sewing thread

Instructions:

1. Place fabric squares on your work surface.

Stacked - four squares of focal fabric next to four squares of accent fabric
Stacked - four squares of focal fabric next to four squares of accent fabric

2. Fold accent fabric with wrong sides together (right sides out) diagonally so that the corners meet–this will form a triangle.  Press with iron.

Accent fabric folded and pressed. Repeat to make triangles out of all four accent squares.
Accent fabric folded and pressed. Repeat to make triangles out of all four accent squares.

3.  Place pressed/folded accent fabric on to focal fabric, matching up corners and baste raw edges using a 1/16th to 1/8th inch seam allowance.

Folded Triangle basted to focal fabric.  Repeat to make a total of 4 of these units.
Folded Triangle basted to focal fabric. Repeat to make a total of 4 of these units.

4.  Lay units on work surface and arrange placement to form a pinwheel design.

Units arranged to form a pinwheel design.
Units arranged to form a pinwheel design.

5.  Use a .25 inch seam:  Stitch together top two units then stitch together bottom two units. Press seams in the direction AWAY from the folded triangle side to avoid extremely bulky seam allowance.

Top units stitched and bottom units stitched.
Top units stitched and bottom units stitched.

6.  Use a .25 inch seam and stitch together top and bottom sections.

Completed block should measure approximately 4.5 inches.
Completed block should measure approximately 4.5 inches.

7.   Cut one 4.5” fabric square out of your choice of a coordinating or contrasting fabric for the ornament back; OR you may choose to use another 4.5″ block (either another of this or of any style) for the back.  Our block is turned into an “Elf Pillow on Point” by following the finishing instructions on this blog entry:  https://www.sewthankfulblog.com/?p=1299

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IDEA:  Make these blocks/ornaments as scrappy as you want.  It only takes eight 2.5″ squares to make one of these blocks. Just be sure to choose fabrics with at least a moderate amount of contrast and pay attention to the placement for your pinwheel design.

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©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2009. All rights reserved.


8 thoughts on “Elf Pillows on Point — Block Variation #2”

  1. I absolutely love these ornament decorations. I am planning on making a variety of them for family members. They enjoy getting anything that is homemade by their aunt. Thank you so much, once again.

  2. Tracy, I love these adorable ornaments. If you leave the ribbon loop off these would make cute little pincushions for a small sewing basket. Thank you sew much for sharing your talent.

    Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family.

  3. Hi Karen. I’m glad you like these. It *is* a GREAT way to use up scraps. You just need 2.5″ squares–I think I like the scrappy ones best. Have fun!

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