Peppermint Mini Quilt – free sewing pattern for the Holidays!

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I am so excited to share with you a delightful holiday mini quilt designed by Christopher Thompson (The Tatooed Quilter). He is so talented and so much fun to be around that I can’t wait to show you!


The Peppermint mini quilt is a modern (and yummy looking) twist on the classic churn dash block. The pattern is foundation paper pieced, so you don’t have to worry about all the angles and little pieces – it will be a snap!


Here is my version (above). You can see that I followed Christopher’s lead and used solids – the very same red too, lol! I grabbed cream solids from my stash and then used 3 strips from my Riley Blake Vintage Crayola Jelly Roll for the red pieces and 3 green strips for the binding.

Our mini quilts look so similar, the only way you can tell them apart is the quilting – I used squiggly lines and he used straight!


We’ve had some amazing designers contribute to this free mini quilt pattern series, so if you’re just joining us now you can find all of our previous mini quilts on my Mini Quilt Pinterest Board.

Peppermint (this holiday mini quilt) is larger than our other mini quilts at 21” square. I love that because it will make a great table topper for our holiday table.



This free download includes printable foundation paper piecing templates and instructions. Read on for my tips…


You will make 8 paper pieced blocks, 4 of each of the two blocks shown above.

Christopher encourages you to pre-cut 2 1/2” strips of red and white. In addition, I pre-cut the following white pieces so I could do my foundation paper piecing more efficiently:

  • 2 squares 9” x 9” that I cut diagonally to make 4 triangles. These were for the corner blocks.

  • 4 rectangles 6” by 8” for the large sections in the second block above.


If you are new to paper piecing, you can see how I do it in our August mini quilt pattern. I first learned this method in a guild-sponsored class, but I forgot everything as soon as I got home, lol! Watching Carol Doak’s video class Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing taught me everything again, and then it stuck. I highly recommend it. 🙂


I was able to bind my mini quilt with three 2 1/2” strips (cut the width of the fabric) sewn together. For mini quilts like this, I use a 2-step machine binding. See how in this tutorial.

Thanks so much to Christopher for sharing this free mini quilt pattern with us! Make sure you visit his blog The Tatooed Quilter for amazing design ideas and free patterns.

I would love to see how your Peppermint Mini Quilt turns out. Please post a picture to instagram and tag me @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe so I can take a look!

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Happy sewing!


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