Quilt Tutorial “Trip Around the World Quilt”

So a couple of you have asked me to do a tutorial on how I make the Around the World Quilt. Today I am fulfilling your wish!

{Let me just say, this is a tutorial on how I make this quilt. I am not saying this is the right way, but I am not saying this is the wrong way, I am just saying this is how I make this quilt!}

Quilt pin itBuckle down! This quilt is super fun but super time consuming.

{ If you have any questions at all, or a part of the tutorial does not make sense, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will try my best to help you! =) }

Without further ado…. {Drum-roll please}


The Tutorial:

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  • First thing is first, you are going to need to choose your fabric!
  • You will need 6 coordinating colors.

  • For the twin size Quilt shown here, I used roughly one and a half yards of each color. I say roughly, because sometimes I have a couple inches of one color left over, and sometimes I have none left over, {It all depends on how the fabric lady cut it.}
  • Choosing the fabric is always the most fun, but can also be the most frustrating! Me and my mom were in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby for literally 45 minutes, picking up bolts of fabric, comparing prints, putting some back, rearranging, and finally settling on these 6 colors.
  • We got 1 1/2 yds. of each print. {These measurements do not include the border back or binding. 1 1/2 yds. of fabric is just for the top, but you will have some left over.}


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Please, do me a favor and don’t skip this part:

  • Wash
  • Dry
  • And Iron your fabric.

This step prevents your fabric from shrinking after it is all put together.

I personally wash my fabric in hot water, twice. Because here is the ironic thing… I am allergic to fabric! Crazy, I know! A big time quilter allergic to her #1 hobby! I am pretty sure it is the chemicals and starches they put on the fabric that makes my hands break out. Because of this, I always wash my fabric twice, and just recently started wearing gloves.


Cutting time!

Now it is time to start cutting strips. {No matter what quilt size I am doing, I always do this step the exact same for every quilt.}

1. Fold all of your fabric in half the same way. {This can be long ways or short ways, the point is to have all strips that are the same length} I tend to cut all my strips longways, so they come out longer.

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2. Starting from one end of your fabric, mark your strips, and cut. Each strip should be 6’’ wide. Do this to each color. {I usually cut a handful of strips (5-6) and then skip to the next part. If you need more strips later, you can cut some, but if you don’t, then you have a bit of uncut fabric you can use as binding later or for another project.}


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3. Decide what order you want your strips in. This is the order it will appear in your quilt. As you can see in the picture above, I choose the zebra fabric to be fabric #1. This meant it was my cross, or middle. Next I chose the pink swirl. My third fabric was roses, and so on.

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4. Sew these strips lengthwise, right sides together, as you have them laid out. {Zebra to pink swirl…pink swirl to roses…etc.}

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5. Now you should have basically a “fabric of fabrics” if you will. Sew them into a tube {right sides together!} You do this by taking both ends {in my case it was the zebra and the black, pink, gray checkered fabric} Place them right sides together, and sew lengthwise like you have been doing. It should come off your sewing machine as a big tube of fabric. 

{Why I have brown thread in this picture, I have no idea, because the thread I was using was black. =D }

Do this to as many strips as you have.

6. This next part depends mainly on your quilt size. For a twin {shown above} I tend to cut these next strips about 3’’ wide. For smaller quilts I tend to cut the strips thinner.


1. Lay out one of your tubes. {it needs to be flat.}

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2. Start from one end of the tube {you might need to trim the end to make it straight}

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3. Measure out your desired strip length. {I am cutting mine 3’’ wide}

4. Mark the strip and make your cut. {I used my handy dandy OLFA safety rotary cutter}

You should end up with a bunch of little 3” tubes.

5. Now here comes the fun/confusing part. This part will make the quilt look really intricate but in reality, it will be really easy.

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6. Take your first little tube. Hopefully you already know what is going to be your middle (zebra) color. You also should know what your end color is {pink, gray, and black checkered.} You are going to cut these two colors away from each other! Some people like to take the seams out with a seam ripper, but I prefer to cut the seam off with a rotary cutter. {it is faster}

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Now you should have a strip with all 6 of your colors in it, in the order you want.

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7. The next time you make a cut, instead of cutting the seam, you will be cutting the strip. Take your middle fabric {zebra} and fold it in half. Cut that piece directly in half!

8. Do the same exact thing one more time.

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9. Lay out your strips.

10. They should look like the picture above

11. You can sew these strips together now, or at the end. I think it goes faster if you cut everything first, then sew everything together. Your pick. 

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12.Now that you have cut the {zebra} middle fabric in half, that color is done. So the next step is cutting the middle {zebra} away from fabric #2 {pink swirl.} You can use a rotary cutter or seam ripper. Do it just like you did step 6!

As you can see in the picture above, the zebra fabric is now at the top, while the pink swirl is at the bottom.

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13. Now, you have to cut the pink swirl in half, just like the zebra!

14. You continue to do this over and over… until you reach your desired length.

15. Make a mirrored image of this end.

16. It’s pin time! Take that giant pincushion of colorful pins and match up the two pieces. All the seams should match! Use LOTS of pins!
When you sew it together, you should have a {zebra} cross in the middle. The rest of the colors should surround the cross in a diamond shape.

Now all you have to add is the 3 B’s,

  • Border
  • Back and
  • Binding!

Have FUN!

What do you think?

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You can ask me those questions by simply leaving a comment below! =D

 Hope you had “Sew” much fun!

PS: That last line was free of charge.

PPS: I will be entering this quilt in the 4H fair in my city!

PPPS: Read this article. I stumbled upon it today and thought it was the craziest coincidence I have ever seen! She made a twin zebra around the world quilt {just like me} entered it in her first 4H fair, {just like me} and won first prize…{hopefully like me} = ) What a coincidence, huh?

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