Learn how to make a QUILT BLOCK LANYARD in this guest blog post.
Hello quilty friends, I’m Belle of Seams Sew Me, and am a newer pattern designer and quilt maker. I recently graduated from Elizabeth’s Quilt Pattern Writing course this fall after discovering the love of quilting in early 2020. Making lovely things and supporting others to do the same brings my heart much joy. With that said, let’s make something fun (and useful)!
I’m excited to share this Quilt Block Lanyard tutorial with you just in time for MGQ’s Quilt Con as well as AQS’s Quilt Weeks held throughout the country! I have also created a helpful YouTube tutorial to accompany this blog post.
WHY A QUILT BLOCK LANYARD
- A Quilt Block Lanyard is a great way to display your name.
- Hold your business cards with style.
- Express your personality.
- Use when going to quilt conferences, quilt shows, guild meeting and retreats!
- Use your scraps. Most of us have plenty of scraps, HST’s, or maybe even small orphan blocks that we are trying to find a use for. This project is perfect for using up some of your favorite fabrics!
SUPPLIES FOR MAKING A QUILT BLOCK LANYARD
- Fabric scraps
- Sewing Machine
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary cutter
- Clover clips
- Point turner
- Measuring tape cut to 36″ (to hang your quilt block from)
- Optional: ribbon, string, binding, embroidery thread, needle, permanent fabric marker, basting spray, Fabric Tac
MAKING YOUR QUILT BLOCK LANYARD
STEP 1 - CHOOSE AND MAKE YOUR DESIRED QUILT BLOCK
Watch my video tutorial below and read through these directions before you begin .
You have many quilt block options to choose from. Perhaps a sawtooth star, churn dash, square in a square, a log cabin or completely improv.
Pick a block that makes your heart sing. For this tutorial I am making a 5″ x 5″ finished block using a square and some strips. You can use whatever scraps you have on hand. This size seems to be large enough for others to see yet not so large that it’s in your way.
1. Lay out your scraps and decide what block you would like to make. Keep in mind that your name will likely show up better if embroidered or written on a light piece of fabric.
2. Sew your quilt block together and trim to a 5.5″ square.
STEP 2 - QUILTING YOUR BLOCK
- Cut a 6.5″ square piece of batting. Note: if you make a different size block, your batting needs to be 1″ larger than the size of your block.
- Spray a small amount of basting spray on your batting and lay your quilt block on top of the batting, with the right side facing up.
- Embroider, write (permanent fabric marker) or hand stitch your name where desired on your block.
- Quilt your block as desired either by hand or with your machine. This is a great time to use a decorative stitch.
- Starch and press the block so it lays nice and flat.
- Trim your quilted block to 5.5″
STEP 3 - CUT BACKING AND POCKET
- Cut a 5.5″ piece of fabric for your backing.
- Cut a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of fabric for your back pocket.
- Fold the top of edge of the pocket under ¼” and stitch ⅛” so you have a finished edge.
STEP 4 - ASSEMBLE YOUR QUILT BLOCK SANDWICH
- Lay your quilt block with right side facing up and place your pocket on top of the quilt block with right sides together.
2. Place your backing square on top of the pocket fabric with the right side facing down (wrong side toward you). Clip all three layers together with clover clips.
3. Measure and mark 1″ on the top left AND top right of the block.
4. Sew ¼” around the entire block starting at the 1″ mark on the right side of the block and stop at the second mark. Be sure to backstitch and leave the top opening between the marked lines unstitched.
5. Clip the corners of block, turn right side out and point out the corners with a point turner or chopstick.
6. Fold the top opening under ¼” and press. I use a lot of starch.
STEP 5 - FINISHING YOUR QUILT BLOCK LANYARD
- Cut your measuring tape to 36″ and insert each end ½” into the top of the quilt block. Line up the edges of the measuring tape with the edges of your two seams. Make sure your measuring tape is not twisted so it lays properly around your neck. Use clips to hold in place.
2. Sew a ⅛” top stitch around the entire block to close your opening and secure the ends of the measuring tape.
Option: As mentioned in the video tutorial, you do have the option to use some Fabric Tac inside your block to secure the block or you can also stitch in the ditch on the top portion of your block BEFORE you sew your ⅛” top stitch. Please reference the video.
3. Give your quilt block lanyard one last press and enjoy wearing it at upcoming quilt conferences, quilt shows, retreats or guild meetings!
ENJOY YOUR QUILT BLOCK LANYARD
Your Quilt Block Lanyard is finished!
This is a great project for your local quilt guild to make as a group. Or several quilty friends can make one together before going to Quilt Con.
I’ll be wearing mine and hope to see some of you and your lanyards!
If you make the quilt block lanyard, please use the hashtag #quiltblocklanyard so we can see all of the creative versions everyone makes.
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