Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cathedral Window Cube Tutorial

Here's what we'll be making today:


  • 6 squares of fabric for the Cathedral Window blocks, which will form the sides of the cube (I started out with 7.5" squares; folded to about 3.25")
  • 12 squares of fabric to set in the "windows" (Mine ended up being 2" squares)
  • Stuffing (I used scraps of quilt batting)
  • Needle and thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutting supplies, or a pen and a ruler

Step 1: Make 6 Cathedral Window squares. I used this tutorial. There are plenty of others on making Cathedral Window blocks, so we'll start off with the blocks already assembled. Lay them out in a pattern that will form a cube:

Step 2: Sew the blocks together.

You can use a whip stitch or a running stitch. You won't see the seams once the second fabric is in place.

Step 3: Sew in the first five windows.

Close up of pinning:

Step 4: Now that the first set of windows are sewn in, we'll start assembling the cube shape.

Flip it over:

Fold the left side up to create the cube. In this example, 2 will become the bottom of the cube, and 4 will become the lid. (Numbers are for demonstration purposes only; you don't need them.)

Here the sides are pinned together so it will sit upright:

Step 5: Sew up the seams that were pinned in the previous step and then sew in the windows. Rather than doing all the seams at once, I did a seam and then a window to make it easier to work with.

Step 6: Stuff the cube. I used scraps of quilt batting cut into squares to help maintain a cube shape.

Step 7: Sew the lid shut and sew in the window.

Step 8: Sew the last two seams and windows. Sewing them one at a time makes it easier to handle.

Now you have a complete cube!

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