How to Sew Quilts with Gridded Interfacing – plus a Free Butterfly Mini Pixel Quilt Design


I LOVE butterflies.  There’s just something about how they transform from a squirmy caterpillar to a beautiful creature of flight that inspires me.

So the other day I was experimenting with gridded interfacing (the same product that I use in my Craftsy class Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets), and I decided to see how a little quilt would turn out with it. I used tiny 1” squares that finished at 1/2” – eeek!

I worried a little bit that the interfacing would make my quilt overly stiff, but it’s not stiff at all. 

Here’s a diagram of my little quilt in case you’d like to try one of your own.

Fabric picking tips: I suggest gathering different shades of gray/black, blue, and violet from your stash (or scrap pile), cutting a few squares of each and arranging them from lightest to darkest, and then playing with them before you sew the mini-quilt together. Place the darkest pieces in the darkest spots, moving to the lightest pieces in the lightest spots. Have fun!

So my experiment was a success! I’m hoping to try a bigger quilt with gridded interfacing sometime. Have any of you tried it?


My friend Heather used gridded interfacing to sew a gorgeous quilt with all her Tula Pink scraps. Well, probably not ALL – but quite a few!

Did you know you can also make tote bags from gridded interfacing?

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

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  1. Caroline, what a cute butterfly! No, I have’t tried the gridded interfacing, but after seeing yours, I might have to try it! Thanks for hosting the link party!

  2. I have use the grided interfacing for a minecraft quilt – not yet finished, but it is so much easier to use the grids and get it all to line up beautifully! I wonder if I can sneak this butterfly into my son’s quilt!!

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