Looking for a handmade way to keep your upcoming year on track? Or simply an easy DIY for the new year? Grab one of our wall hangings as a base and join Spoonflower Ambassador Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop to learn the sewing steps towards a reusable quilt block calendar!

Featured design: Abstract Lines by louisemargaret


Andrea: Got some scraps? Or an orphan quilt block lying around? Transform a wall hanging into a quilt block calendar that you can use year after year! Our 2023 calendar, a FREE downloadable for you, has two options: full year and monthly. Continue below for everything you need to know to put this together.

Materials

Skill level: Beginner

  • Fabric A (I used Petal Signature Cotton® Solids in Lilac):
    Cut 3 pieces measuring 2.5” x 7.5” (6.35 x 19.05 cm)
    Cut 2 pieces measuring 2.5” x 5 (6.35 x 12.7 cm)
  • Fabric B (I used Petal Signature Cotton Solids in Natural)
    Cut 2 pieces measuring 2.5” x 7.5” (6.35 x 19.05 cm)
    Cut 3 pieces measuring 2.5” x 5” (6.35 x 12.7 cm)
  • Clear vinyl: 12 gauge
    Cut 1 piece measuring 5.5” x 10.5” (14 x 26.5 cm)
  • Thread
  • Embroidery floss or perle cotton
  • Needle
  • Safety pins
  • Hera marker or other non-permanent fabric marking tool
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Printer
  • Free calendar template PDF

Sewing Steps

1. Sew the Strips

Arrange the 2.5” x 7.5” (6.35 x 19.05 cm) strips, alternating the colors as shown with Fabric A at the top and bottom.

Similarly, arrange the 2.5” x 5” (6.35 x 12.7 cm) strips in alternating fashion with Fabric B at the top and bottom.

Using a scant 1/4” (0.6 cm) seam allowance, sew the strip together. Press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric. In the sample, the seams are sewn toward Fabric A (Lilac in this case). Alternatively, you can press your seams open.

Wondering what a scant 1/4” seam allowance is? Check out Andrea’s blog post all about it.


2. Cut the Strips

Cut the strip sets into 2.5” (6.35 cm) strips.

3. Reorder

Alternate the new strips to form a checkerboard pattern. Sew them together using a scant 1/4” seam allowance. Press the seams all in one direction. Alternatively, press your seams open. The quilt block should measure 10.5” x 10.5” (26.7 x 26.7 cm). If it doesn’t exactly, don’t sweat it.

4. Mark and Sew to the Wall Hanging

Using a hera marker or non-permanent fabric marking tool, draw a line 1/4” (.6 cm) from each edge of the quilt block.


Place the quilt block 3.5” (8.9 cm) from the top edge and center the block horizontally (8” or 20 cm is the center of the wall hanging).

If your block is 10.5” (26.7 cm) square, the sides will lie 2.75” (7 cm) from each side edge of the wall hanging.

Featured design: Abstract Lines by louisemargaret


Pin the block in place using safety pins.

Using a simple running stitch along the marked lines, hand stitch the block to the wall hanging. This sample uses perle cotton in a #8 weight.

5. Mark and Sew the Pocket

The vinyl pocket will lie 2.5” (6.35 cm) from the bottom edge and 2.75” (7 cm) from each side of the wall hanging (see diagram above). Using a hera marker or non-permanent fabric marking tool, draw guiding lines for the bottom and side edges of the pocket on the wall hanging.

Sew the vinyl pocket on using a topstitch, about 1/8” (.3 cm) from the edge of the vinyl. Sew along the sides and bottom only and leave the top edge open to insert the calendar printouts. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing line to secure. Use a longer stitch length (3 mm) and if you have it, a heavier thread.

6. Print the Calendar

Print this 2023 Calendar (full year or monthly) on paper or cardstock. The printable is black and white so feel free to use any paper color that complements your chosen wall hanging and quilt block.

Trim the calendar pages using the crop marks. Each page measures 5” x 10” (12.7 x 25.4 cm).

Slip the printed calendar into the vinyl pocket. If you’re using the monthly version, you can just put the whole stack in and pull them out as each month passes.

7. Assemble the Wall Hanging

Attach the magnetic hanger at the top and bottom and there you have it!


How about a more modern-traditional look? Check out this version using a 10” Sawtooth Star block and Botanical Cloisonne Garden by ceciliamok. The star block fabrics are Spoonflower Petal Signature Cotton Solids in Blush, Graphite and Natural.

Featured design: Botanical Cloisonne Garden by ceciliamok

More Quilting Projects

Continue reading the Spoonflower Blog for fun and easy quilting projects like Andrea’s mini quilt-along, Meg’s quilted coat or Peppermint Magazine’s quilted coasters.
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FAQ

What Spoonflower fabric is best for quilting?
Petal Signature Cotton is our most popular fabric type for quilters—and our most popular fabric in general! It’s lightweight but sturdy, and easy to sew with whether you’re a beginner or advanced quilter. Print your favorite designs on Petal or check out our solids collection.
How much is a Spoonflower wall hanging?
Our hand-sewn fabric wall hangings, ready to mount with striking wood frames for easy hanging, currently cost $59 USD each. Keep an out for home decor sales—we have them often!
What designs can I print on a wall hanging?
With over a million designs available in the Spoonflower Marketplace, your options are limitless! We have also hosted numerous wall hanging-specific design challenges you can purchase from, like these recipes, these dad jokes or these motivational messages.