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Snuggly Bricks Fat Quarter Quilt Tutorial

This simple bricks fat quarter free quilt pattern is super snuggly and makes the perfect gift! It’s easy to stitch up, making it the perfect project for someone learning how to quilt. 

Snuggly Bricks Pattern Quilt tutorial on polkadotchair.com

This post has been updated from a previous version with additional directions and illustrations included.

Many years ago, my kids were asking for many electronic toys for Christmas. Fearing a Christmas morning full of noise and beeping, I decided they needed something soft and snuggly to balance out all of the technology.


That year, I made each of my three kids a quilt; you can see the one I made for my oldest here. I made this quilt for my younger daughter and was thrilled with how quickly the construction process was.

Snuggly Bricks Pattern Quilt tutorial on polkadotchair.com

I’ve made this pattern several times as gifts and can tell you these have been the best quilts! The kids drug them all over the house, took them in the car, and otherwise used and abused them, and they have held up great.  

I throw them in the wash, and they come out clean and even more snuggly than before!

This quilt pattern uses fat quarters, and I’ve said before that I really, really LOVE fat quarters! You get just a taste of many different fabrics with one purchase.

What is a Fat Quarter?

A Fat Quarter is a cut of fabric (normally 100% quilting weight cotton) that is cut to 18″ x 22″, which is one-quarter of a yard. A quarter of a yard is normally 9″ x 44″ and cut perpendicular to the selvage edge. Cutting it parallel to the selvage yields a wider (or fat) piece, which is more useful for most quilt patterns.

fat quarter bundle fox farm fabric

Many manufacturers sell pre-cut fat quarter packs with several prints of a specific fabric collection included.

About the Quilt

pink, green, yellow and red quilt hanging on wall
The quilt after many years of use

This quilt is 45″ x 54″, a great size for a lap quilt. If you’re making this quilt for a tall person, I recommend adding a couple of extra rows so that it covers their feet. As I mentioned earlier, I made it for my kids, and it worked well for them.

It’s backed in Minky and bound in satin binding. If I did it again, I would not use the satin binding,  but hey, live and learn. I think the satin binding cheapens the look of the quilt a bit. If you’re making this for a baby, then you may want to use the satin binding, as it adds another layer of texture.

This quilt is also on my list of recommended free patterns for beginning quilters. Since the blocks in the quilt are set in a brick layout there are no corners to match, which can be a frustrating part of quilting for newbies.

Supplies for the Quilt

– 12 Fat Quarters
– 2 yards Minky Fabric for the Backing
– 100% cotton batting
– 1/2 Yard Fabric Binding

Additional Color Suggestions

The quilt in the photographs was made several years ago, with a line of fabric that this now out of print. I’ve mocked it up in additional colors to give you an idea of what the quilt looks like sewn with additional fabrics.

mockup of halloween quilt in halloween fabrics

The sample above was created with twelve fat quarters from my Spooky Schoolhouse Halloween fabric collection. This type of quilt pattern is especially great for seasonal quilts as it shows off all of the fun seasonal novelty fabrics.

Mockup of quilt in blues and greens

If you prefer something more modern, you can see what the quilt would look like with fabrics with only a subtle print.

The quilt above is made from White, Bear Lake, Riley Green, Songbird, Jade, Navy, Denim, Bleached Denim, Boy Blue, Lake Blue & Aspen Sparkler Fabrics.


Snuggly Bricks Pattern Quilt tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Snuggly Bricks Fat Quarter Quilt Tutorial

Melissa Mortenson
This simple bricks fat quarter quilt pattern is super snuggly and makes the perfect gift! It’s easy to stitch up which makes it the perfect project for someone who is learning how to quilt. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours


  • 12 Fat Quarters Fabric for quilt top
  • 2 yards Minky Fabric for backing
  • 1 piece Batting at least 50" x 60"
  • 1/2 fabric Binding note: I used silk binding, I don't like how it turned out. If I did it again, I would use traditional cotton fabric for the binding.


Cutting Guide for the Fat Quarters:

  • Quilt Size: 45" x 54"
  • To begin, cut your fat quarters into 6.5″ x 9.5″ blocks. You can get 4 blocks per fat quarter, use the cutting guide below for reference.
    diagram of quilt layout in black and white
  • You will end up with 48 rectangles, you only need 45 for the quilt, save the extra for something else.

Quilt Construction:

  • After you’ve cut out all of your pieces, you’re ready to begin sewing your pieces together by rows.
  • On the odd rows sew 5 blocks together along the short edges.
  • For the even rows, sew 4 blocks together, then cut your 5th block in half (so that it’s 6 ½″ x 4 ¾″) and sew half to each end as shown in the diagram above.
    diagram of quilt layout in black and white
  • The rows are staggered which gives the quilt the look of bricks stacked up on a wall.
    One of the great things about sewing quilt blocks together this way is that it is super forgiving. If your seams aren’t matched up perfectly, it doesn’t matter.

To Assemble the Quilt Top:

  • After you’ve sewn 9 rows, then sew your rows together. The blocks should be staggered like a brick wall.
  • Trim edges even if necessary. Make your quilt sandwich and machine quilt. If you’d like to see how I finish my quilts it's explained in detail in my "how to finish a quilt" article.
  • For the straight line machine quilting, I used a walking foot and did a stitch in the ditch over each seam.
Love this tutorial? Get the behind the scenes on Instagram

Snuggly Bricks Pattern Quilt tutorial on polkadotchair.com

All that’s left now is to finish and Bind the quilt & Enjoy!!!


More Quilt Patterns Perfect for Beginners:

Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Large Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt

sensory strip baby quilt

Sensory Baby Quilt Tutorial

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  1. Thanks for this awesome quilt tutorial. I’m going to make a couple for when my grands come for a visit. I just never have enough snugly blankets for everyone!

  2. Oh gosh these are so cute!! What a great tutorial!! I’m putting this one in the files as maybe I’ll have time to make some quilts when the kids are finally back in school.


  3. Thank you Melissa for the great tutorial. I have so many fat quarter collections (Fat Quarter shop), this pattern would make good use of them. Will cut one out this afternoon. BettyLou

    1. This is a really lovely quick quilt. Your instruction are so easy to follow. I am very impressed. Thank you from Australia for this pattern.

  4. annabelle at annabelleserendipity.blogspot.com says: love your snuggly bricks tutorial. So simple and thanks for sharing. I am a new crafter and new blogger and need inspiration so it is wonderful for me to find this blog. I have got to try it. Thanks.

  5. Hi! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! I have always wanted to learn how to quilt! I have twins as well, two boys! I just signed up to be your newest follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at http://www.modernfamilymagazine.com


  6. How big does this quilt turn out? I have 2 girls and have bought Girl Scout fabric and want to do quilts for them for Christmas, but want the quilts to be big enough for them to use for quite a while…


      1. I didn’t realize there was a mess up with the count! I think my quilt had 8 rows not 9… I’ve corrected it though- you need 12 fat quarters for 45 blocks of fabric.
        Or you can make the quilt 8 rows tall and stick with the 10 fat quarters.
        Sorry for the mixup!

  7. I just used these instructions to raid my fabric stash and make 2 quilts for my nieces. I added a few borders to beef up the size, but otherwise followed your directions. Quick and easy! The quilts both came out great. I bookmarked your posting so that I can use it over and over.

  8. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have been searching the internet for a few weeks trying to find a simple pattern — and this is perfect! I won a fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop and I will be using that to make this pattern, but in a queen size.

    Linda 🙂

  9. I know this post is 2 years old but do you know where you got the alphabet fabric? I have a hard time finding alphabet fabric that I like and I just adore this quilt!! Thanks!

  10. I am very much a beginner and I cut this in half an evening and pieced it in one morning. After I finish the baby quilts, I plan to change up the fabric for lap quilt donations for our local Veterans Home. Thanks so much.

  11. I’m about to try my first quilt ever and this looks relatively me-proof. 🙂 However, I was wondering if you used 12 DIFFERENT patterned fat quarters or if some were the same. I know it probably won’t matter because of its design, but I’m a little neurotic that way…

    1. Ann,
      I can’t remember… I do know that all of the Fat Quarters were from the same FQ pack. I only bought one package… if that helps at all.

    2. I don’t see why you cannot use 12 different fabrics. I certainly intend to. But then again, my favourite types of quilts are scrappy ones. I’m looking so forward to using up my “excess” fabric on these quilts. Have fun with your project.

  12. Thank you so much, Melissa, for sharing your super easy & appealing pattern. What a convenient way of whipping up a baby quilt in a hurry.

  13. Hi there! I know this tutorial is like 3 years old so I know I’m a little late to the game 🙂 but I have a question. I’m to the point of quilting this and have a question on quilting. You said you stitched in the ditch. Easy for long stretches across the quilt. For the up and down seams did you just sew in the ditch for a few inches and then move on to the next one? In other words was it a lot of broken runs or did you just go all the way from the bottom to the top? Sorry if this is totally confusing, just trying to figure out the best way to go about it!


    1. Hi!
      I actually quilted all the way top to bottom, no broken runs. Does that help? Each block had a quilting line running through it.

  14. I am about to start my first quilt ever…..I sew and crochet and have been wanting to quilt for quite some time but never have….I was going to take a class but my friend said just do it try something small, so I am but I am going to incorporate pictures into it….it will be a gift for my youngest daughter….I am so excited and I love this pattern….I will report back once I am done…wish me luck, I a little nervous!!!!

  15. Love this site, actually understood what you were talking about. I sew and crotchet also but wanted to make a quilt. I’m am so going to do this! Thank you!!!

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  19. I know this is an old post, but I can’t find the measurements of the final product. I am making for my granddaughter so don’t want it to be too big. Also, I love your fabric!! Any chance you can tell where you ordered it?

  20. O am a new quilter learning what works and what does not. You mentioned that you would not use satin binding again. Why not? Thank you

    1. I just thought it didn’t look very good when it was finished. I like fabric binding, I think it looks more neat when finsished.

  21. Thank you. I have the perfect fabric for this pattern that a handsome little three year old is going to love.

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