I inherited my love for quilts and quilting from my grandmother.  This summer I taught the Textile Arts badge to a group of Pioneers.  To go along with the class, I also made quilt block SWAPS.  Each SWAP contains a mini quilt block along with a tag.

This SWAP was easier to make than you might think, using a strip piecing technique that is common among quilters.  I have included pictures of the steps to help you see how they were made.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 pieces of scrap fabric – preferably 100% cotton.  If you do not have scraps from another project 2 fat-quarters will work.
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies (straight pins, thread, bobbins, needle …)
  • scissors
  • iron
  • cardstock
  • this pdf file
  • safety pins
  • OPTIONAL: Rotary cutting system (mat, cutter and straight edge).



Step 1:  Cut the fabric into one inch strips.  If you have a rotary cutting system it will be easier to use it, but a pair of fabric scissors will work too.

Step 2:  With right sides facing each other, pin the two strips of fabric together. Sew a 1/4 inch straight seam along one edge.  Iron flat.

Step 3:  Cut the strip into 1 inch long pieces.

Step 4: Using 2 pieces from step 3, alternate the fabric piece and pin right sides together.  Sew a 1/4 inch straight seam along one edge. Iron flat.

Step 5: Print the pdf file (found here) onto cardstock and cut along the dotted lines.  Write you name, troop number and event information on the back of each tag.  Pin one mini quilt block to the tag.

Step 6: SWAP

Note: I did not lock each row of stitching like you would usually do.  The finish mini quilt blocks measure approximately 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches.







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