Fast and Easy Mini Table Topper Tutorial

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I want to share this fast and easy mini table-topper tutorial. My favorite quilt projects are any that are fast and easy to make. Are you the same as me?

Fast and easy mini table topper tutorial
Fast and easy mini table topper

I thought I would share a mini table topper with you that I just finished. Either that is a giant candle……..or a teeny tiny table topper!!!

Plant sitting on the mini table topper
Plant sitting on the mini table topper

Fast and Easy Mini Table Topper Tutorial

Size is 10″ x 18″

This isn’t really much of a tutorial, it is more me sharing what I did with some leftover mini half-square triangle blocks that I didn’t want to throw away. Are you like that?

Are you wondering where I got the idea for this? Well, I finished a quilt project made from a charm pack and had two pinwheel blocks left over. I can’t find that quilt project but if I do, I’ll add a link. I also made the Twirling Stars baby quilt using these cute fabrics, that is a fun project!

Good use for leftover quilt blocks

I really didn’t want to throw them into my huge box of leftover blocks (it is pretty darn full).

  • (6) 2½-inch half-square triangle squares
  • (2) 2½-inch cream squares

Sew (2) quilt blocks made up of (3) half-square triangles and (1) cream square. Each quilt block will measure 4½-inches.

  • Cut (1) cream square that is one inch bigger than the block size
  • That will measure 5½-inches
  • Cut the square in half on the diagonal

Stitch to the half-square triangle block using the 5½-inch side as shown.

Sections of the mini table topper
Sections of the mini table topper

Stitch it together as shown and…..a small table topper!

mini table topper sections sewn together
mini table topper sections sewn together

Next you’ll want to add your batting and backing and quilt it as desired. I did some stipple quilting with Glide thread on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. Then I trimmed the mini table topper.

free-motion quilting on the mini table topper
Free-motion quilting on the mini table topper

Mini Table Topper Binding

Measure around your mini table topper and add 6 inches to get the amount of binding you will need. My binding was cut 2 1/2″ wide and applied by machine using my 15-91 vintage Singer.

Mitering the binding on angles like this can be tricky. You can see that one of my corners is a little wonky and I had better fix it.

back of the mini table topper showing binding and quilting
back of the mini table topper showing binding and quilting

This would make a great little gift with a candle or flower basket…..I think I’ll see what other blocks I have sitting around!

Candle sitting on the mini table topper
Candle sitting on the mini table topper

Fast and Easy Mini Table Topper Tutorial

Fast and easy mini table topper tutorial pin
Fast and easy mini table topper tutorial pin

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  1. Doreen Sherk says:

    That is so sweet, I like that little topper. Just thinking of your sweet “puppy”, how are his eyes coming along.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Looks so cool and breezy! And easy! Thanks!

  3. Robyn Lidstone says:

    This is a sweet table topper. It proves small scraps can be repurposed to evolve as a lovely home accessory.
    Thanks Connie for sharing another cute project within the scope of my beginner abilities.

  4. What an adorable table topper!

  5. This is so fresh and sweet and pretty Connie! I love it! Great way to use your extra blocks.

  6. BobbinGirl says:

    The leaves have nearly gone here too in Staffordshire, England, they have been beautiful this Autumn, maybe due to our lack of Summer!!

    Love your table topper and Iggy

    Best Wishes

    Alison aka #bobbingirlbagmaking

  7. Cute little mat! So bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sharon - IN says:

    Super cute! Iggy is look'n good, and sadly beautiful Fall leaves are just about gone.

  9. You are so creative – I love it! Very bright and cheerful, and a good way to use up some scraps. Thanks!

  10. You are so clever! Such a great idea to use up orphan blocks and end up with something cute, and great for gift giving! Thank you for sharing.

  11. grammajudyb says:

    Good for you! Make use of those leftover blocks. And thanks for the tip for setting triangles. I am always a bit intimidated when there isn't a pattern in front of me. Love Iggy basking in the late autumn sun.

  12. Love your little table topper – and Iggy!

  13. Stitchin At Home says:

    What a great way to use them before they hit the block box.

  14. What a great little table topper Connie. It looks like it would be really quick too, like you said.

  15. gemini47quilting says:

    Hi Connie. I like your little table topper and you have given me inspiration to make some Christmas presents and this is perfect. Certainly perfect in that I am embarking on FMQ so this is a nice small project. I am just wondering what size the pinwheels are. I would love the measurements, thank you very much.

  16. I love this… thanks so much for sharing…. I see me making some of these for Christmas gifts.

    Love love love your blog.


  17. What a good idea for using left-over blocks.

  18. The light on Iggy was really pretty. I always feel kind of sad when the last of the fall leaves drop. I have a red maple outside my kitchen bay window that has been glorious this fall and it is nearly bare today. Now we are down to one last golden tree in the front yard that still has leaves.

    Your little table topper is pretty cute. It would look great on top of a bedroom dresser.

  19. Createology says:

    Connie you are incredible! Love this mini table topper and it could be such a super gift even with a home baked goodie. Iggy looks positively radiant! Creative Bliss Dear…

  20. Love the little mat very cute. I have some pinwheels in my box so will make one if I get time this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Podunk Pretties says:

    Cute idea and simple, thanks for sharing.

  22. Carole @ From My Carolina Home says:

    Oh, so cute! Just the size I need for my kitchen counter. Thank you for the idea and the tutorial.

  23. Libby in TN says:

    Now that is something even I could do! Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. That looks so pretty, Connie, and is such a great use of leftover fabrics.

    The fall sun on Iggy is beautiful. What a beautiful fall you have had!