Wonky Stars Tutorial

Learn to make two-at-a-time wonky stars with this fun and free tutorial! These blocks are so much fun to make, once you start you’ll want to make a whole quilt! This wonky stars tutorial will walk you through what you need to make a whole bunch of fun wonky stars! The tutorial will show you 6″ finished wonky stars, but scroll to the bottom of this tutorial for a chart with different finished star sizes and their cutting measurements.

Prefer video? Watch the Wonky Stars Tutorial on YouTube!

What you need:

  • Fabric A: (4) 3.5″ squares and (5) 2.5″ squares
  • Fabric B: (4) 3.5″ squares and (5) 2.5″ squares
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

How to make two-at-a-time Wonky Stars:

1. Start by setting aside all the 2.5″ squares. We’re going to be using just the 3.5″ squares for now. Lay one Fabric A 3.5″ square on top of one Fabric B 3.5″ square. If using print fabrics, you want both prints right side UP.

2. Find the approximate center point on the top edge, and create a diagonal line with your ruler. Cut on the diagonal line to create your first star point. Leaving the center block in place, move the triangle points out of the way, and create the second angle with your ruler. I like to leave about 1/2″ space from the top of the square to give myself some trimming room later. Make sure your ruler angles vary to create interesting wonky stars. Make your second cut.

3. Bring the back center fabric to the front, being careful not to rotate fabrics if using solids. Now your center fabric should be different from your point fabric. Place the left hand point fabric right sides together with the center fabric and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance, then press seam open.

4. Repeat with the right side point fabric, right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance, press seam open.

5. Trim block to 2.5″ square. I like to leave 1/4″ space above the center point when trimming.

6. Repeat process with remaining fabrics until you have a star points block for each color combo. Then repeat with remaining (3) 3.5″ squares for each color. You’ll now have (4) star points blocks for each color.

7. Lay out one block, using the solid 2.5″ squares you previously set aside. Move around the star points until you’re satisfied with the overall look of your star. Sew together into rows, pressing all of the seams towards the solid fabric blocks. (Rows 1 & 3: press to the outside; Row 2: press to the inside). This way, all of your seams will nest when sewing the rows into the star block. Press the final two seams open to reduce bulk.

Different size stars

Use the chart below to identify what size large and small squares to cut for different sized wonky stars. The finished star size refers to a star after it is sewn into your quilt. The squares sizes to cut include seam allowance.

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