Nine Patch Fun

Nine Patch Fun

This week we made some great holiday items out of a simple nine patch block.


9 – 5 1/2″ Squares


1 FQ For Backing

Basic sewing supplies


Lay the squares out to your liking in a 3 x 3 grid.  You can use 9 different squares if you choose.  In the sample, I used two fabrics 5 squares of the print and 4 squares of green.

Sew each row together to create 3 rows and alternate ironing (top row iron seams to the left, middle row iron seams to the right, bottom row iron seams to the left).  By alternating the seams you can nestle the seams together in the next step.

Sew the rows together to create 1 – nine patch block.

For the placemat, lay your ruler on one of the corner squares from seam to seam and trim as show below.

Repeat for the opposite side corner.

Set the top aside and lay the batting on the table.  Then layer the backing fabric on the table right side up.  Lastly layer the top of the placement on top wrong side up.

Trim the batting and backing to match the front of the placemat shape.

Sew all the way around the placemat using a 1/4″ seam leaving a hole on one side to turn right side out.  Turn right side out and topstitch as you desire, making sure to hand stitch the opening shut.  And done!

Repeat the same steps using 1 1/2″ squares to make matching coasters!


Don’t like long placemat? Cut off all four corners and make a octagon placemat and coasters!


Don’t want a placemat? Stuff it and turn it into a pillow! Add a button on either side after stuffing and pull tightly to create this look.  Use 2″ squares and make a pincushion!

Need to bring a dish of cookies or a pie? Use the 9 patch to make a dish carrier.

Use 6 1/2″ squares, 1″ twill tape or strapping approximately 20″, and 2 – 1″ or 1 1/2″ D rings, O rings, or rectangle rings (whatever you have laying around will work).

Instead of cutting the corners off the 9 patch leave it whole (If using 6 1/2″ squares your nine patch should be 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″).    Instead of batting, use insulbrite (You can use one layer of insulbrite and one layer of cotton batting if you plan on using it with hot items). Trim your insulbrite and backing to 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″.  Lay the insulbrite on the table.  Lay the backing fabric on top right side up. Lay a piece of twill tape or strapping across the backing from corner to corner and pin in place. Lay the nine patch on top wrong side up. Sew all the way around using 1/4″ seam, leaving a hole for turning.  Turn right side out and press.  Hand sew the opening closed.  Top stitch all the way around and quilt as desired.  On the opposite corners (the ones without the strap), lay a D ring, rectangle ring, or O ring down and flip the corner over the ring to encase the edge.  Using a zipper foot sew as close to the ring as possible (triple stitch).  And Done!

Wow I didn’t know a Nine Patch could do all this did you?