Patchwork block keeper

how to make a patchwork block keeper

If you’re into patchwork you’ll know that you need somewhere safe to keep your blocks whilst you’re working through your project. A block keeper stores your blocks perfectly. When the block is finished you give one good press and then pop it inside. No more folding and tucking them away only to have to reiron later… the block keeper stores them all perfectly and a few of your patchwork essentials too.

This project is fun to make and you can use anything of the outside over. You could just use a piece of fabric, or perhaps you have an orphan block or want to make something special for the outside. Whatever you choose by learning to make a block keeper  you’ll organise your blocks and keep them wrinkle free until you are ready to use them. It holds 24 blocks up to 12.5″ square and has two pockets for all your bits!




15 Mar 2021


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

What will we cover?

This project is great fun to make. 


We’ll put together our block keepers by:

  • making a lovely front cover (which could be a simple piece of fabric, an orphan block or something specially made)
  • working with clear vinyl
  • inserting zips
  • creating and stitching our own binding.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

You need to be comfortable using a sewing machine but all other skills are taught on the day.


Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

You will need to bring:

  • a piece of patchwork 35 x 15 (already pieced) to make the cover.(nb If you don’t want to have a patchwork cover then you just need to bring a piece of fabric the same size)
  • Two pieces of lining fabric 35 x 15 and 15 x 15 (can be different fabrics if you prefer)
  • A fat quarter of fabric for the binding
  • A 16 zip
  • A piece of clear vinyl 15 X 15 for the pocket
  • 1 piece of wadding 36 x 16
  • 6 pieces of wadding each 13 x 26. We recommend 80:20 wadding. 100% polyester wadding is NOT suitable for this project.


What will I take home with me?

An excellent handmade block keeper, full instructions to make another and the joy of wrinkle-free blocks every time.



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Sarah Brangwyn
Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She's known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of 'aha!' moments. In a previous life, Sarah was a branch manager in an insurance firm. Taking redundancy in 2012 allowed her to follow her dream of creating a hub for sewing and craft. At Made and Making Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and other craft courses. She's also one of the tutors for the children's workshops. When family life allows, Sarah loves nothing more than immersing herself in her own projects.

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