Nine Patch Tutorial

Here are instructions for making 3" finished nine patches without strips.   This technique creates one pair of opposite blocks. 

3" (finished) Nine Patch Instructions

Cut 2 squares of contrasting fabrics, 4 1/2" each - (one light and one dark)

Place right sides together.

With right sides together, sew the outer edges (all seams 1/4").  I pinned in the middle to keep it lined up nicely.

Cut a 1 1/2" strip from the raw edges on both sides that have been stitched.

Press the pieced strips to the dark side.  Line up the free strip with the stitched strips to form opposite sets.  Stitch and press again to the dark side.

Now sandwich the them together finger pressing to nestle the seams.

Stitch each side short.

Cut 1 1/2" strips from the raw edges on the sides you just sewed.

Arrange the free strip to make 2 opposite 9-patches (an X and a O patch)

Stitch to complete the set (2 opposite blocks).

I like to press the last seams open to make them lay nice and flat.

In no time at all you'll have a nice little pile of 3 1/2" (3" finished) nine patches!