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soft wall blocks
This adaptation of our Snowball Baby Blocks
is perfect for a nursery. Appliqué the blocks with the
new arrival’s name for a unique gift.
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• 1⁄3 yard print fabric for each block
• One coordinating print fat quarter
for each block
• ⁄3 yard duck canvas (60" wide)
• Fabric scraps for letters
Supplies & Notions
• Thread to match fabrics
• Embroidery thread (optional)
• Embroidery needle (optional)
• 1⁄2 yard 17"-wide fusible web
• Buttons
• Two 16" lengths 3⁄4"-wide ribbon
• Polyester fiberfill
• Pointed object for poking out
corners (knitting needle,
chopstick, etc.)
• Basic sewing supplies
• Stabilizer
Use a 1⁄4" seam allowance throughout.
Make the Blocks
Make a snowball block for each letter
of the name by following the
instructions in the Building Blocks
box to the right.
Appliqué the Blocks
1. Trace the desired letter on the
paper side of the fusible web using the
patterns given*. Cut out the letter,
leaving 1⁄8"–1⁄4" all around.
2. Fuse the letter to the wrong side
of a fabric scrap. Cut out on the drawn
3. Remove the paper backing and
fuse the letter to the center of the
Snowball block.
Building Blocks
Make the Snowball Blocks
1. Draw a diagonal line on the back
side of each B square.
2. Place a B square right sides together on each corner of an A square.
3. Stitch on the drawn lines. Trim
seam allowances to 1⁄4".
Finished Size: 7"x 7" x 2" cube
Finished Block Size: 7"
Skill Level: Intermediate
Cutting (for each letter)
From fabric A:
One 71⁄2" x 42" strip; recut into two
71⁄2" squares (for A piece in
Snowball block and back) and
four 21⁄2" x 71⁄2" pieces (for sides
and bottom)
4. Press the B corners open to make
one block.
From fabric B:
Four 3" Squares (for B pieces in
Snowball block)
From the duck canvas:
One 71⁄2" x 60" strip; recut into two
71⁄2" squares and four 21⁄2" x 71⁄2"
pieces (for lining)
5. Repeat to make enough blocks for
the letters of the chosen name.
*Available in book version only.
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4. To appliqué by machine, cut a 51⁄2"
square of fabric stabilizer. Pin on the
wrong side of the center of the Snowball
5. Select an appliqué stitch, like a blanket stitch or a satin stitch.
6. Stitch around the edges of the letter.
Refer to Appliqué in Sewing Basics on
page 93*.
7. When stitching is complete, carefully
remove the fabric stabilizer.
8. To appliqué by hand, use a blanket
stitch (shown in photo), running stitch or
backstitch around the edge of each letter.
See Hand Embroidery Stitches in Sewing
Basics on page 92*.
9. When appliqué is complete, add a
button accent to represent the opening(s)
in a letter, if the baby block will be used as
a decoration. Do not add the button if the
block will be used as a toy.
Finish the Wall Blocks
1. Baste a 71⁄2" lining
square to the wrong side
of the block and the
71⁄2" fabric A square 1⁄8"
from the edges. Repeat
with the 21⁄2" x 71⁄2" lining and fabric side
2. Pin the ribbon pieces in the center
of one short side of two 21⁄2" x 71⁄2" side
*Available in book version only.
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3. Stitch the four 21⁄2" x 71⁄2"
side pieces together to make a
strip, beginning and ending stitching 1⁄4" from the corners of the
pieces. Backtack at the start and
finish of each line of stitching.
4. Stitch the ends of the
strip together in the same
manner to form a loop.
5. Stitch the
remaining two
blocks into the open
spaces to create the
block, leaving a 3"
opening in one side
seam for turning.
Double check your
ribbon placement
and make sure that
the appliqué letter
will be upright when
hung on the wall.
6. Clip corners and turn right side
out through opening. Use your corner
poker to push out the corners.
7. Fill with fiberfill until the block
holds the shape that you desire.
8. Turn the opening edges in and
slipstitch the opening closed.
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