These quick-to-sew DIY pinwheels are a fun toy for kids, and they'll look great displayed in your home too. This project was designed by Sammy Claridge of Samantha Claridge Studio. It's a fat quarter project that's perfect for beginners.


You will need

  • Cotton fabric: two or three fat quarters
  • Heavy weight interfacing: 25x25cm (10x10in)
  • Bondaweb: 50x50cm (20x20in)
  • Ball/pearl headed pins
  • Beads
  • Air erasable marker pen
  • Basic sewing kit

All materials available at Samantha Claridge Studio.


Download our free pinwheels sewing template here.

Pinwheels tutorial

Step one: Download and print out our free pinwheels sewing template, then draw around it twice on to the wrong side (WS) of the fabric for the back and front of the pinwheel.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 1

Step two: Iron the bondaweb to the WS of the fabric pieces to cover the drawn lines.

Step three: Roughly cut the interfacing to size and place it between the front and back fabric, right sides facing out and iron the fabric layers together.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 3

Step four: Sew around the edge of the square along the drawn lines.

Step five: Trim just outside the stitching.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 5

Step six: Mark up the pinwheel with the centre and the diagonal lines from the template.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 6

Step seven: Sew 3mm (1⁄16in) either side of the diagonal lines.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 7

Step eight: Cut in between the stitched lines stopping before you reach the centre.

Step nine: Fold the right hand corner of the front fabric down to the centre and pin in place.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 9

Step ten: Turn the wheel and repeat for the other three corners pinning each to the centre.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 10

Step eleven: Take a ball headed pin and thread a bead on to it, then thread the wheel in place, making sure you catch each layer.

Step twelve: Add a second bead to the back and gently bend the pin at a right angle.

How to make fabric pinwheels step 11

Step thirteen: Push the pin in to the top of a stick.

Top tip: Use contrast fabrics for the front and back of the pinwheels to create a different look
How to sew your own fabric pinwheels


Samantha ClaridgeDesigner Maker

Samantha is a busy craft blogger, sewist, artist and handmade advocate. She lives in Berkshire and has been running her online store, Samantha Claridge Studio, for almost 18 years. She designs her own products from sewing journals to pin badges and blogs with her best friend Heather over at Live it. Love it. Make it. She works as a freelance designer and has had her work featured in magazines including Sewing World, Simply Sewing, Reloved and Mollie Makes. You might have seen her on TV as she’s a regular guest designer for Sewing Quarter, where she demonstrates sewing projects and techniques. Find her on Instagram @samanthaclaridge

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