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Have A Scrap-Happy September With This Adorable House Quilt Block BOM Tutorial

This month’s scrappy block is a house in primary colors. Your little house can be sewn up in whichever color scraps you have handy.

September Scrappy Block

Sew this scrappy house block for September

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These little houses would look great lined up in a row for a table runner or as a collection in a quilt full of them! Or simply stitch one and add it to the collection of other scrappy blocks we’ve been sharing all year. The links to those blocks can be found at the end of this post. 

Let’s get started!

Free house quilt block pattern

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Scraps for September BlockStep 1: 

Collect and press scraps for the house, roof, door, window and background. The widest piece needed will be 2 1/2” wide, so leftover strips or pre-cuts will work well.

Cutting Pieces for September BlockStep 2: 

Cut your scraps into the following sizes:

  • Door fabric: cut one strip 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”
  • Window fabric: cut one square 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • House fabric: cut three strips 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”, one strip 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”, one strip 1 1/2” x 6 1/2”
  • Roof fabric: cut two strips 1 1/2” x 6 1/2”
  • Background fabric: cut two squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”, two strips 1 1/2” x 6 1/2”, two strips 1 1/2” x 6 1/2”

Layout for September BlockStep 3: 

Arrange the fabrics as shown in the photo above to be sure the colors contrast and you like the combinations. All seams will be sewn with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Sewing the bottom row togetherStep 4: 

Begin by sewing the bottom row together. Sew the strip below the window and the window square together. Press the seams away from the window square. Then sew a house strip onto both sides of the door strip. Press the seams away from the door. Sew the door unit to the window unit. Then sew the house strip to the right side of the window unit. Press the seams away from the window square.

Sewing the second row to the bottom rowStep 5:

Sew the long house strip onto the top of the house unit. Press the seam toward the long strip. Also sew the roof strips together lengthwise and press the seams.

Sewing and trimming the top rowStep 6: 

Layer the two 2 1/2” background squares on either end of the roof unit. Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the other with a pencil as shown. Stitch on the drawn line and cut 1/4” away from the stitched line. Discard the extra triangles and press the seams toward the background pieces. 

Top row ready to sew to the bottom unitStep 7: 

The house unit and roof unit will now be sewn together. Press the seams toward the house unit.

Block assembled and ready for bordersStep 8: 

Now that the house is sewn together, it’s time to add the background strips. 

block with side borders addedStep 9: 

Sew the two 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips to the sides of the house first. Press the seams toward the strips. Sew the two 1 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips to the top and bottom of the block. Press the seams toward the strips. The house block will now measure 8 1/2” square.

Completed September Scrappy Block

How fun, fast and easy is that little scrappy block? Don’t forget to share your blocks in the Projects Gallery so everyone at Bluprint can enjoy them!

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If you missed any of the free scrappy block patterns, they can be found here: 

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Thanks for this CUTE tutorial! I’m new to appliqué and this is the perfect project! I should probably mention that your initial listing of cuts needed states you need 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”, two strips 1 1/2” x 6 1/2”, two strips 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” , but your later instructions call for two strips 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ . Thankfully I caught that before I cut! I can’t wait to finish this block! Thanks again for the clear instruction!


Yes, I found the same mistake. Happily I caught it at a glance because I was cutting 28 blocks. I wonder why they don’t fix it.

Delphina King

I wish I would have read the comments before I cut and tried to make the house. I honestly thought I had messed up. Was a tad frustrated. The Instructions were clear. BUT the cutting lengths… were WRONG!


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