Easy Quilt Block Tutorial: the Bow Tie Block!


The easy Bow Tie Quilt Block is so fun to make – and it’s perfect when you want to make a baby quilt for a boy or a girl!

This tutorial contains cutting instructions for a 8’’ and a 12’’ quilt block (finished).

UPDATE: I decided to sew a whole bunch of bow tie quilt blocks and make a baby quilt with them! Check out my free bow tie baby quilt pattern here.

So let’s sew some easy bow tie quilt blocks!

Bow Tie Quilt Block Tutorial

These instructions are for an 8” (finished) quilt block. Dimensions for a 12” (finished) quilt block are provided in parentheses. All seam allowances are 1/4”.


From a print fabric, cut:

  • 2 squares 4 1/2” (6 1/2”)

  • 2 squares 2 1/2” (3 1/2”)

From a contrasting solid fabric, cut:

  • 2 squares 4 1/2” (6 1/2”)


1. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the smaller squares. Pin the smaller squares to the corners of the larger solid squares as shown above.

2. Sew along the line that you drew. Repeat on the other unit. Using scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter, cut away the corners of the sewn units 1/4” past the sewn line.

3. Open and press.

4. Arrange the sewn units and the print squares as shown above and sew together.

Sew 2 rows first, and then sew the 2 rows together. 


I love easy blocks like this one. I tend to make a whole bunch and then have fun arranging them into a quilt on my quilt design wall.

If you like this free sewing tutorial, check out my Easy Quilt Block Pinterest Board.

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