A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

Use A Christmas Story themed fabric for this Christmas quilt tutorial from BERNINA Ambassador Renae Allen of RGA Designs, or print photos on fabric to make this a very special family quilt.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

When I saw this fabric from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, I had to make a Christmas quilt for my brother-in-law. He even owns a “Major Award” leg lamp! If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean. If you haven’t you are missing out on a great classic which you could be quoting the rest of your life. This pattern is quick and easy to piece–just what I needed for this busy time of year. Of course, other theme fabrics can be substituted to change up the look or the season. The finished quilt size for this Christmas quilt tutorial is 50½” x 50½”.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

Materials for this Christmas Quilt Tutorial:

  • 1 yard red fabric
  • 5/8 yard green fabric
  • 1 yard white fabric
  • ¾ yard green stripe fabric (for bias binding)
  • 13 – 5¼” squares of themed fabric
  • 54″ x 54″ batting piece
  • 54″ x 54″ backing fabric

Cutting Instructions:

Christmas Square: Fussy cut theme pictures and words into 5¼” x 5¼” squares.

Green fabric: Cut (3) 4¼” strips. Cut 4¼” strips into 4¼” x 4¼” squares for a total of (26) squares. Cut each square once diagonally for a total of (52) triangles.

Red fabric: Cut (2) 13⅛” strips and (1) 3 7/8″ strip. Cut (1) 13⅛” strip into (3) 13⅛” x 13⅛” squares. Cut second 13⅛” strip into (1) 13⅛” x 13⅛” square and (3) 37/8″ strips. Cut 37/8″ strips into 37/8″x 37/8″ squares for a total of (24) red squares.

White fabric: Cut (2) 13½” strips and (1) 37/8″ strip. Cut (1) 13½” strip into (3) 13½” x 13½” squares. Cut second 13½” strip into (1) 13½” x 13½” square and (3) 37/8″ strips. Cut 37/8″ strips into 37/8″ x 37/8″ squares for a total of (24) white squares. Cut (4) 13½” x 13½” squares diagonally once for a total of (8) triangles.

Green Stripe—For stop border, cut (2) strips 35½” x 1½” and (2) strips 33½” x 1½”. (Be sure to measure quilt for exact measurement.) Cut 215″ of 2½” bias.

Sewing Instructions:

1. Four Patch: Sew white 37/8″x 37/8″ square white to red 37/8″x 37/8″ square, right sides together with a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for a total of (24) two patch units. Press seams toward white.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

For a ¼” seam use the Patchwork foot #37/#37D , or the Patchwork foot #97/#97D works great with my 8 series machine because it compensates for the extra wide feed dogs.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

2. Sew (2) two patch units together to make a four patch unit. Repeat for a total of (12) four patch units.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial


A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

3. Square in a Square: Sew green triangles to sides of square.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

Sew green triangles to top and bottom.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

Press seams toward green and trim triangle seam points. Repeat for a total of 13 units.

4. Assemble Quilt: Layout out quilt, alternating square in square and four patch blocks. Sew blocks together in each row and then sew rows together.

5. Patchwork Border: Measure quilt for exact border length measurement. Sew 33½” x 1½” strips to sides. Sew 35½” x 1½” strips to top and bottom.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

6. Corners: Sew triangle short side to square. Sew second triangle short side to square. Repeat for a total of (4) corners. Press the seams out and trim off the triangle seam points.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

7. Sew corners to quilt sides and then top and bottom.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

8. Layer quilt top, batting, and back. Quilt. I free motion quilted a holly leaf in the four patch squares. The leaves fill the square and are a continuous design so they can be quilted in multiple blocks without stops and starts. I quilted swirls in the white, a large meander in the theme blocks, and a holly fill in the red.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

9. Binding: Sew the bias 2½” binding strips together on the short ends using a diagonal seam. Press the seams open. Fold the 215″ inch binding piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Trim the diagonal seam points.

10. Trim the back and batting even with the quilt top. Sew the binding to the front, mitering corners. Turn binding to the back and stitch binding down by hand. An alternative is to sew the binding to the back, turn to the front. And then top stitch by machine using the walking or even feed foot.

A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial



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154 thoughts on “A Christmas Story Quilt Tutorial

    1. My most recent quilt was called World Traveler for my daughter whose bucket list includes
      visiting every continent. She is more than half way there!!

  1. what a great project!! Thanks for the info & directions!

    The theme of the most recent quilting project I worked on (I am actually finishing it today!) is “Amazing Grace”. It is in blues, Browns and it is my 1st real project. I hope the person likes it because I sure do!

  2. I enjoyed reading the story behind your quilt. I just finished sewing and quilting a Sunlit Applique Orange Peel Quilt… in yellow, orange, white, and black. Reminds me of summer days.

  3. I just finished my first quilt! YAY! It was a basic 4×4 square quilt with yarn ties. It was just the way my grandmother made them. I am eager to get started with more complicated projects, but I am so happy with the way it turned out 🙂

  4. My latest quilting project is a star quilt designed by Pam See. I am making this for my niece who’s husband was a victim of a head-on motor vehicle accident (during a bad winter storm) 2 months before the birth of their third child I will finish binding it this week, and give it to her at our family Christmas party in two weeks.

  5. I just gave my new grandson a blue and white quilt embroidered with quarter moons with animals laying lazily on the moons. I also had the Man in the Moon and little versus like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I love you to the moon and back, etc. It was my own arrangement.

  6. My most recent quilt (curious enough) was a Christmas quilt – Cardinals in a Log Cabin. The sister for whom I made it dies this year. A sad but rich memory. ;-(

  7. I just finished a quilt for my sister whose name is JOY. The centre panel had the letters J O Y with cute mice hanging from them with a Christmas theme. I added several borders to make it lap sized. Her birthday is today!

  8. What a great fabric collection. This quilt pattern is awesome. I can see me using this for other ideas as well. Thank you.

    In all honesty, I have not made a quilt recently for personal reasons. I am, however going to be starting some smaller ones soon for my grandchildren. They will each be based on popular things each of them like right now; ie. Frozen, Mutant Ninja Turtles etc. After those, I have a Marine Corp quilt in mind for my husband and this pattern is now going to be one in the running for those fabrics I already have. I’ve had a hard time choosing the perfect pattern as it is larger prints on some. This may work, but I’ll decide when that time gets closer.

  9. My last quilt was a Peter Rabbit quilt for my grandgirl. This Christmas quilt inspires me to do one like it for my college grandgirl. I did make a picture memory pillow for her she uses on her bed at school. This quilt will be a perfect companion. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  10. I am working on a t-shirt quilt for my niece with all of her cheerleading uniforms from high school. I am also working on another blue, green, purple quilt for my mother.

  11. My latest quilt is a Christmas gift for my husband. I wanted to make a lap quilt for him to use while watching football games. He wanted a large lap quilt. He said he wanted it to go from his chin down to wrap around his feet. I had him sit in his favorite chair and I measured exactly how long and how wide he wanted it. It will be a twin-sized lap quilt.
    I used Electric Quilt to design it. Electric Quilt automatically calculates the final size of the quilt as you design it. I adjusted sashing and border sizes on the screen until the quilt was the exact size he specified.
    I made it of flannel, and am quilting it now on my home sewing machine. He better like it.

  12. Just finishing a ‘star’ table runner using a technique I learned at my local Bernina dealer last year. It’s pretty neat. Not sure if I’m going to keep it or not, actually.

  13. My last quilt which I finished was a holiday banner quilt for a challenge, and I also have a Peacock quilt in progress. Have been working on small projects lately.

  14. I just finished a quilt that was all appliqued dogwoods. It was for the great-granddaughter of my 82 yr old neighbor. I made a quilt label on the back with a picture of my 82yr old neighbor and her great granddaughter with a handwritten love note to her great granddaughter The label was made on the quilt print fabric. She will be giving this to her great grand daughter the first week in January of 2016. It was a pleasure!

  15. All things French….it was a baby quilt and the mom’s maiden name was French….cute fabric line with seals wearing berets and other french food and treats and the eiffel tower….very fun.

  16. It was a baby quilt using an undersea scene with the main creature as an octopus. I have never made a Xmas quilt before and you pattern looks fun!

  17. It is called Late Bloomers: a quilt made of floral applique BOM my mother had won from her guild. She had started it, but at 93 no longer had the interest to finish it. It added the borders and then did the quilting. Turned out delightful!

  18. I just finished my “Flurry” quilt this afternoon! It’s got a bunch of cute Christmas presents with fun lime green, traditional green, red, pink, etc. fabrics. Buying my minkie in a few minutes at my local Bernina shop and then will quilt it tomorrow on the longarm! SO EXCITED!

  19. My latest project is a couch throw for my best friend. I started with a panel that had quotes about friends, chocolate and having fun together. its coming along nicely Her birthday is Wednesday so I better get back to sewing!

  20. I’m currently finishing up the quilting on a hand embroidered , machine quilted wall hanging. It is a Black Cat pattern, Aunt Bea’s Parlor. Lots of work, lots of mistakes, but a great deal of fun.

  21. I have two “I Spy” quilts waiting to be quilted for babies of family friends.With 81 patches of from novelty fabrics, there’s a lot of spying to do.

  22. My most recent quilt is an appaloosa themed quilt for my sister. The Nez Perce developed
    the appaloosas so I am quilting it with geometric designs they used in their basket weaving.

  23. My most recent quilt uses fabric from Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Wish I had seen this before I started making it – what a cute layout!

  24. My most recent quilt was one for my granddaughter with birds and flowers predominantly in pinks and greens. It doesn’t have a name, as I designed it myself. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)dom

  25. I am working on my first “less than traditional” quilt for my daughter’s Christmas gift. If I finish it, it will be the first I ever actually finished. LOL.

  26. My last quilt was just random squares of fabric. It has been quite a while since I made it, but it was very much loved by my kids. The fabric got to be so bare in places, that I patched over some of the squares with new fabric. I am more of a garment sewer, but am interested in quilting. There are many little quilting projects on my radar.

  27. It was a talk-about fabric picture quilt for a great-nephew who is 4 years old. I also made a fleece lap blanket with bear print fabric trim and a separate pillow cover for it to tuck into or that will fit a standard pillow.

  28. I made a baby quilt of vehicles, for a friend’s new grandson. 23 machine aplliqued vehicles from space ships to submarines and everything in between. The most colorful quilt a baby has ever owned! Absolutely beautiful and loads of fun!

  29. I am quilting a Butterfly quilt made with Drunkards Path blocks right now. I made it small to see if I was going to like it. I do so now I will find more flower fabric and make a large one.

  30. The last quilt top I finished was a quarter Trip Around The World. It was part of my quilting guild’s charity quilt program where we make quality quilts for several organizations such as Children’s Hospital and oncology wards. Every quilt top was different as we used up a wide variety of donated fat quarters. Mine was in warm shades of brown and burgundy, a wonderful, homey fall quilt appropriate for both men and women. I learned a lot and hat a great time that day!

  31. I had some jelly roll strips left and sewed them into a baby quilt for my great nephew. I was lucky enough to find matching fabric pieces for the back. The theme is All Things Boys.

  32. buggy barn trees was the last one it’s not finished. my youngest wants to do a “strip twist” with me by Bonnie Hunter so that’s the next.

  33. The theme of my most recent quilt (still a WP) is a play of colours in a tumbling blocks I’m working on. Now this tutorial has my head swirling with ideas so adding this to my bucket list.

  34. My last quilt that I am almost finished with was “The Stockings Were Hung”. It was an machine embroidered quilt and I learned a lot from it. I had to do several re-hoopings to get the borders embroidered, but I love it. I get to pick it up from the quilter today. Yipee!

  35. A baby quilt with embroidered bunnies going to a tea party. What such fun to make this quilt for my wonderful great-granddaughter and using my Bernina made it sooo easy.

  36. My last quilt was one I designed myself. It was an undersea scene with appliqued and embroidered corals, fish and marine invertebrates on a pieced batik background.

  37. Not really a theme but it’s a twin size quilt my 9 year old granddaughter and I have been working on. It’s 100 7 inch squares; 10 in a row by 10 rows. She choose Zanie Zoo layer cake to start and pulled solids and others from my stash. She pieced the all the squares by her self after I got her started with the first row! I added borders and an now finishing the quilting to bring to her at Christmas in NM. We have been working on the quilt during visits with each other; me in MA, she’s in NM. She’s done a great job! I’m going to take her picture and send it to the magazine whose pattern she selected. I have many small projects going for Christmas but that’s it for a quilt.

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