Herringbone Quilt Tutorial

Herringbone Quilt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLooking for a beautiful Herringbone pattern? This is for you. Come and learn how to achieve your desired look with this stunning Herringbone Quilt Tutorial.

Hi guys, it’s Vanessa again from Our Thrifty Ideas. I am so happy to be back over here to share the newest addition in my master bedroom makeover (make sure to check Our Thrifty Ideas for more fun projects for a master bedroom makeover on the cheap).

I saw a baby blanket that was a herringbone pattern and fell in love. I knew that I wanted it for my master bed, and was determined to teach myself how to make it. You ready to learn along with me?

~Herringbone Quilt Tutorial~
7 inch square
I started with 3 yards of Etching Slate fabric and 3 yards of Porcelain fabric. I then cute each into long 7 inch strips. From there, I cut it into 7 inch squares.

cut in half
Once my squares were all cut, I then cut them again at a diagonal right down the center.


Then it was time to piece them all together. I got my hubby in on the action to help with this part. Taking one white, and one grey piece, I sewed with a 1/4” seam down the diagonal of the triangle using a straight stitch, and back stitching at the beginning and end of each triangle. Now, if you are making this with a patterned material, or one that has a “right side” and a “wrong side” you will want to put all right sides together before sewing. That way the seam is on the inside of the project.

grey and white square
Once ALL the triangles are pieced together, you will end up with a grey on one side, and a white on the other.


Open the triangle up and with the right side down, iron flat the seam.

decline and incline

Now you get to make your pattern. I did 13 squares per row for a queen size cover. You will lay out all of your squares to make your pattern as shown above. Make sure that every other row you rotate from an inclining pattern to a declining pattern.


Once you have it all laid out, you will sew it together one square at a time. Leaving the two ends that touch together, place right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam and straight stitch (make sure to back stitch at the beginning and ending of each square).

put together

Continue this step until ALL your squares have been put into rows. Lay each row out on the floor to make sure you are continuing your pattern.

When you are done, you should have a pattern that looks like above.


You will then use the same technique as above, to piece together each row. Lay two continuous rows on top of one another, with right sides touching and sew the side that was touching when laid out. DO NOT SEW THE WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. This will mess up your pattern (speaking from experience!).

I found the best way to do this was 2 single rows, then the next 2 single rows, then sew those two together, and so on. It was easier than 5,7,9 etc. rows at a time at the sewing machine!

Once you have ALL your rows together (mine was 13 squares by 13 squares when I was done) iron all of your seams flat. This will help it to lay flat on your bed.

Now its time to put the back of the cover on. I purchased a queen size sheet for my backing. You can get them fairly inexpensive, but if you’d like, you can also use fabric pieced together to be big enough. You’ll need about 90×100 for this.


(excuse the baby feet in the picture, she wouldn’t move!)

With the right side of the herringbone blanket facing UP, lay the sheet on top of it with the right side facing down. Then pin each side together with a 9 inch overhang at the bottom. Now the sheet is wider than the herringbone pattern so you are going to have a bunch of excess in the middle which you want!

Then sew up the sides with 1/4 inch seam.

Once sewn, you will flip the whole thing right side out and lay the whole thing out again pulling the sides out as far as they can go. This should give you about a 4 inch border on the outside of your herringbone pattern. Iron flat.


Then fold up the bottom to cover about 1/4 inch of the herringbone pattern. You will be sewing on top of the fabric since the sheet is already finished at the bottom and will leave a clean edge. (Ignore that I took the above picture before flipping it right side out. Oops!) Then sew the bottom up with about a 1/8 inch seam from the finished edge of the sheet. (So not the bottom, but about 1/8 in from the pattern.)

You will also do a wrapping paper fold on the top and fold it to overlay the top of the herringbone pattern about 1 inch. Then sew around both sides with a 1/8 inch seam to keep the crisp fold on your border and to hold down your top fold.

You are now just about done. All you need to do is attach either some snaps or Velcro to keep the top fold in place. I used some sew on Velcro that I had on hand.

Herringbone Quilt Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Once that is done, touch up your loose threads (I mean cut them off!) and stuff it with your duvet. You are good to go for a beautiful new bedspread that you made all by yourself.

Now not only do you have a cute cover, but it looks like your bed is neatly made when you put it on because your sheet is folded all pretty over the top!

Thanks so much for letting me stop by and share this fun Herringbone Quilt Tutorial with you. I’d love to see you around Our Thrifty Ideas for other fun DIY and Tutorial ideas.

Thank you Vanessa, what an awesome quilt. Vanessa is very talented, and we are so happy to have her as one of our Contributors. She has shared multiple innovative and wonderful tutorials with us that are AMAZING! To view more of Vanessa’s projects visit her at Our Thrifty Ideas. Thanks again Vanessa! 🙂

Love the fabric choices Vanessa used for her Herringbone Quilt Tutorial? You are in luck. All of the fabric Vanessa used for her quilt is from The Ribbon Retreat. She used our amazing Bella Solids line. While checking out our Bella Solids line, visit the rest of our FABulous fabric selection for all of your quilting and crafting needs.

Have a wonderful day & Happy Creating!

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  1. Posted April 15, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I LOVE THIS PATTERN AND IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done, Vanessa!! It looks amazing!

  2. Lucy
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    It’s adorable.
    I like it. Thank you for your tutorial. 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lucy! Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  3. Elli
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    How long do you think a beginner would take to make this?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 30, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Elli! Thank you for your great question! This is not a hard quilt to create, but as a beginner and even as a non-beginner, it make take you a while simply because you will want to go a little slower to make sure that all of your seams and lines match up to give you a true Herringbone design. The good news is that you will definitely get faster and more confident as you get more into the quilt. I think you should try it for sure, because you would do great at it! If you make a mistake, it’s ok, you can always unpick and try again!!! Unpicking is my friend. Hehe! Good Luck Elli and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Soheila
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I want to thank you for such an artistic, lovely and very useful quilts. I am a beginner and had quilt classes from 5 months ago. Despite of this short time I can make all of these quilts by your instructions and my teacher wonders that who teaches me? Although, for me, it is hard to open your fills without anti- filter !

    Best regards,

    Soheila Biglou

    • Lanae Hale
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Soheila! Thank you so much for your comments! I’m so glad you’re making quilts! It’s so much fun and is quite addicting! 🙂 Happy Quilting!! Lanae 🙂

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