Victorian Crazy-Quilt Blocks

This Victorian crazy-quilt technique can be adapted to many home-decor accessories. When creating crazy quilts, the key is imperfect shapes of many colors and textures joined together.
crazy quilts are pieced with a variety of fabrics

crazy quilts are pieced with a variety of fabrics

Crazy quilts and quilted accessories (like this pillow) are as unique as their creators. Use any desired combination of texture and color for a one-of-a-kind heirloom-quality piece.

Related To:

Materials and Tools:

muslin for foundation (10" square)
18" x 22" squares of assorted fabrics
old lace, buttons and beads
sewing machine
scissors
pins
needles (type depends upon embellishment technique)
embroidery hoop (optional)
several colors of embroidery floss

Steps:

1. Draw desired pattern onto an 8" x 8" square of muslin using a hard pencil or sewer's tracing paper.

2. From the assorted fabrics, cut a piece that will be positioned in the center of the muslin square. Pin the piece to the back of the muslin so that pattern lines can be seen on top.

3. Cut a second piece of fabric and place the right side of piece 2 over piece 1 and sew along the seam line on the pattern.

4. Open and press the seam. The right sides should be face down, and the muslin pattern should be on the wrong side of the fabric. Fold muslin back, and trim excess fabric to within 1/4" of the seam.

5. Repeat technique, adding pieces of fabric, sewing, opening and pressing.

6. When all pieces are sewn, baste the outside edges of the fabric to the muslin and trim away any excess fabric.

7. Embellish the block with lace, ribbons, buttons, embroidery or beads as desired.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Toaster Pastry iPod Cozy

Stylishly protect your iPod by creating this playful and practical Toaster Pastry iPod Cozy. This is a great, quick project for young crafters or those with basic sewing skills.

Decorating Hair Accessories

Make beautiful creations from basic hair accessories by adding simple embellishments.

Clay Pot Birdbath

Design an impressive terra-cotta bath that's strictly for the birds.

3-D Box Collage

How to revamp a cigar box into a clever 3-D box collage.

Salt Dough Box

DIY crafts expert Debbie Stapely shows how to make a decorative box out of dough.

Make Beads into Decorative Buttons

Learn how to use different beading techniques to embellish buttons that can be placed on clothing or made into jewelry.

Rocker Belt Buckles

Channel your inner rock star with these fun-to-make fashion accessories. Bring on the glam with this rock-inspired belt buckle, customized with glitter and rhinestones.

Shadow Box

A shadow box is a good way to display mementos from a trip.

Recycled-Plastic Carryall

Recycle plastic shopping bags by knitting them into a carryall.

Dangling Beaded Bracelets

Learn how to create dangling beaded bracelets made from Tigertail glass beads and wire.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.