Beginner Friendly Bug Jar Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make Tall Bug Jar Quilt Blocks

    Easy Bug Jar Quilt Block Pattern
    Make Easy Bug Jar Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Kids Love Bug Jar Quilt Blocks

    This tall bug jar quilt pattern is perfect for all quilters, even beginners who've never sewn a quilt. Kids love the jars because they make perfect I Spy quilts when each jar holds fabrics printed with objects that take a bit of time for little eyes to find.

    The jars needn't be filled with bugs -- use any type of fabric you like and trim the jars with colors that suit the theme. Tone on tone fabrics and solid fabrics work nicely for the background -- a large or busy background print can take the focus away from each bug jar's contents.

    More Bug Jar Patterns

    • My short bug jar quilt block pattern is square, more like a pickle jar.
    • Be sure to take a look at the Bug Jar duo, a pair of jar quilt blocks in two sizes.

    Finished Jar Quilt Block: 8" x 12"

    Cutting Chart for One Tall Jar Block

    Background Fabric

    • two 2" x 8-1/2" strips for block top and bottom
    • two 2" x 8" strips for block sides
    • two 2" x 3" strips for jar lid unit
    • four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares for corners of jar body

    Black or Charcoal for Lid

    • one 2" x 3-1/2" strip for jar cap

    Novelty Print for Jar Body

    • one 5-1/2" x 8" piece


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  • 02 of 02

    Sew the Tall Jar Quilt Blocks

    Jar Quilt Block Pattern
    Assemble the Tall Jar Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Sew the Quilt Blocks

    Use a 1/4" seam allowance to assemble the quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching raw edges carefully.

    Use straight pins to hold fabric together if they help you keep patches aligned.

    1. Make the tall jar body by sewing a small green square to each corner of the bug jar novelty print. Use the easy Snowball tips method to sew the squares to the jar unit, just like we did for the short bug jar.
    2. Sew a 2" x 8" green strip to each long side of the jar body. Press seam allowances towards the outer strips.
    3. Sew a 2" x 8-1/2" green strip to the bottom of the Step 2 unit.
    4. Sew a short green strip to each side of the black jar lid strip as shown. Press seam allowance towards the black cap.
    5. Sew a 2" x 8-1/2" green strip lengthwise to the top of the jar lid unit. Press seam allowance towards the top strip.
    6. Sew the jar lid unit to the top of the quilt block. Press seam allowance towards the jar lid.

    Your completed jar block should measure 8-1/2" x 12-1/2". If your block is smaller than it should be, or skewed, press again and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.

    Sew a variety of blocks to make a quilt in any size you need. My mattress comparisons article can help you determine a size for your quilt.