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January 17, 2007

Super Mario Quilt Corners

Filed under: fabric — by marieann @ 9:27 pm

Me and Mario

Yay! This baby is done! It’s so warm and geeky. It was pretty hard to sew in my tiny apartment, I was doing some acrobatics to lay this all out. I have already done a tutorial on how to sew a single quilt block, here. This post shows you an alternative way to do the quilt backing. I think this way is both easier and cooler than using bias tape.

Note: these instructions are based on a 4.5 inch final border added. If you would like to change the size of the border, you can.

Quilt top
Fabric backing material

Sewing machine
Marking chalk
Fabric marker

Use this hand drawn instructions ALONG with the written ones. Be sure to click to view the largest version.

Quilt Visual Instruction

1. If your quilt is an adult-sized quilt then you will need to sew two lengths of your backing fabric together to create the desired width.

2. Lay the fabric backing on the floor WRONG side facing up.

3. Use your ruler and draw a line with the chalking pencil FIVE inches in from the edge on the top and right sides of the fabric.

4. Line up the batting at that line you just drew.

5. Using a ruler, draw a line 4.5 inches in from the edge of the batting with the fabric marker on the top and right edges.

6. Next, stack the pieced quilt top on top of the batting RIGHT side facing up inside the square that you just drew in step five on the batting.

Remember: right now you’re only working with the top and right edges.

7. Pin the three layers together half an inch from the edge of the quilt top.

8. Cut the batting five inches bigger than the quilt topping on the bottom/left.

9. Cut the fabric batting five inches bigger than the batting on the bottom/left.

10. Fold the backing layer over so that the fabric’s right side is showing on the front (that’s your border!). Press that down. At this point, your backing fabric should be filled with batting in the border and should overlap the quilt top by 1/2 an inch.

11. Fold under the backing 1/4 an inch and pin down to the quilt top. There should be no raw edges anywhere showing. Leave about three inches from each corner unpinned.

12. Using a zig zag stitch (I chose a contrasting thread color, you could make it blend in tho if you’d like), sew the fabric backing thru all layers (at this point there are four because you are sewing thru the backing twice).

13. When you’ve sewn all four sides, it’s time for the corners. Just fold it and make a pretty tight corner so that it’s a 45 degree angle. Zig zag stitch again.

14. And you’re done!

Quilt Closeup

Mitered Corner Closeup of Quilt


  1. Hum… Can this sell?
    If it can… I don’t mind learning. πŸ™‚
    Nice to meet you.

    Comment by scopettg — January 18, 2007 @ 1:19 pm |Reply

  2. Great quilt! Very creative, and it came out great!! Good luck with any other craft projects in the future.

    Comment by truckerswife — January 18, 2007 @ 5:58 pm |Reply

  3. That’s pretty cool!

    Comment by TheShortFatKid — January 18, 2007 @ 6:00 pm |Reply

  4. You win the Internets.

    Comment by Mary Sue — January 18, 2007 @ 6:12 pm |Reply

  5. Fantastic!

    Comment by silveira — January 18, 2007 @ 6:26 pm |Reply

  6. Thats so cool! I can imagine that would have taken ages but it was so worth it!! Great work πŸ™‚

    Comment by Tara — January 18, 2007 @ 6:44 pm |Reply

  7. omg!! i want it…i’ll try it πŸ˜›

    Comment by fonzi — January 18, 2007 @ 6:53 pm |Reply

  8. any for sale?

    Comment by Jesse — January 18, 2007 @ 7:02 pm |Reply

  9. I love it, its got great taste and it looks so cool.


    Comment by Gabriel — January 18, 2007 @ 7:04 pm |Reply

  10. oh my god this is amazing!!! i so wanna make one now. nice work!!

    Comment by kimmicash — January 18, 2007 @ 7:20 pm |Reply

  11. Wow, I am impressed…

    Comment by americanmuslim — January 18, 2007 @ 7:21 pm |Reply

  12. What?! What?!! Look at how cool this is! Way beyond my sorry skills as a quilter…but so impressive, none-the-less. Time to create a pattern and sell it, baby!

    Great work! Now…what’s next?


    Comment by ideagirl — January 22, 2007 @ 1:22 pm |Reply

  13. I really love it. Thanks for the “how to” I’ll try to make one for my boyfriend’s birthday and if I do something nice I promise send you pictures


    Comment by Laura — February 14, 2007 @ 7:09 pm |Reply

  14. Oh my God! I LOVE IT! Mario freakin’ rules! =D

    Comment by Fullmoon — March 16, 2007 @ 12:58 pm |Reply

  15. I wonder if you would be allowed to sell the pattern. Might get away with selling the quilt. I’m thinking about copyright problems. Someone owns Mario and might get upset and want their share… just call me the party pooper πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Quilt Value Zone — May 25, 2007 @ 11:07 am |Reply

  16. lol Mario ROX my world!! =)

    Comment by koochi — January 2, 2008 @ 1:05 am |Reply

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  18. I have a almost 7 y/o that Mario is his Hero. He wants a Mario & Luigi room for his birthday, all he asked for. Can you sell one of these as after 3 months of searching I have Zero bed spreads available…. any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by Avi — March 22, 2008 @ 12:46 am |Reply

  19. …I may start quilting just to make myself one of these. YOU WIN THE INTERNETS, CONGRATULATIONS.

    …Ooohh, I could probably make an old-school Link one! πŸ˜€ :DD :DDDDDDD *approves of this idea very much*

    Comment by Opalinesque — March 28, 2008 @ 1:24 am |Reply

  20. I can’t quilt, but I am looking for a gift for my 13-year-old nephew who loves to play Super Mario video games. If I could buy a quilt from you, how much would it cost?

    Comment by Stephanie — May 4, 2008 @ 5:41 pm |Reply

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  22. thanks…

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