Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart + Tutorial

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Today I have a little gift for you!
It's simple but hopefully, you'll enjoy it!
The Sawtooth Star block is one of the most basic,
yet classic quilt blocks around and today
I have a cutting chart for finished block sizes 3" - 20"!


Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart

FINISHED

BLOCK SIZE

BACKGROUND FABRIC

CUTTING

STAR FABRIC

CUTTING

3”

(4) 1 ¼” squares

(4) 1 ¼” x 2” rectangles

(8) 1 ¼” squares

(1) 2” square

4”

(4) 1 ½” squares

(4) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

(8) 1 ½” squares

(1) 2 ½” square

5”

(4) 1 ¾” squares

(4) 1 ¾” x 3” rectangles

(8) 1 ¾” squares

(1) 3” square

6”

(4) 2” squares

(4) 2” x 3 ½” rectangles

(8) 2” squares

(1) 3 ½” square

7”

(4) 2 ¼” squares

(4) 2 ¼” x 4” rectangles

(8) 2 ¼” squares

(1) 4” square

8”

(4) 2 ½” squares

(4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

(8) 2 ½” squares

(1) 4 ½” square

9”

(4) 2 ¾” squares

(4) 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles

(8) 2 ¾” squares

(1) 5” square

10”

(4) 3” squares

(4) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles

(8) 3” squares

(1) 5 ½” square

11”

(4) 3 ¼” squares

(4) 3 ¼” x 6” rectangles

(8) 3 ¼” squares

(1) 6” square

12”

(4) 3 ½” squares

(4) 3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles

(8) 3 ½” squares

(1) 6 ½” square

13”

(4) 3 ¾” squares

(4) 3 ¾” x 7” rectangles

(8) 3 ¾” squares

(1) 7” square

14”

(4) 4” squares

(4) 4” x 7 ½” rectangles

(8) 4” squares

(1) 7 ½” square

15”

(4) 4 ¼” squares

(4) 4 ¼” x 8” rectangles

(8) 4 ¼” squares

(1) 8” square

16”

(4) 4 ½” squares

(4) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles

(8) 4 ½” squares

(1) 8 ½” square

17”

(4) 4 ¾” squares

(4) 4 ¾” x 9” rectangles

(8) 4 ¾” squares

(1) 9” square

18”

(4) 5” squares

(4) 5” x 9 ½” rectangles

(8) 5” squares

(1) 9 ½” square

19”

(4) 5 ¼” squares

(4) 5 ¼” x 10” rectangles

(8) 5 ¼” squares

(1) 10” square

20”

(4) 5 ½” squares

(4) 5 ½” x 10 ½” rectangles

(8) 5 ½” squares

(1) 10 ½” square


Click HERE for a printable version of this chart.
(Please do not redistribute this chart; it is for your personal use only.
But please do tell your quilting friends about this post so they can
check it out for themselves!)

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a Sawtooth Star block:

1. Cut out the required pieces for your chosen block size.


2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your smaller
squares from the Star fabric.  (You can skip this step if you have Diagonal
Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew.  See product information for details).


3. Place a marked square on one end of a background fabric rectangle
with right sides together.  Stitch on the marked line.  Trim 1/4" from the line.  
Press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.


4.  Repeat step 3 on the opposite end of the rectangle.  Make 4 Flying Geese units. 


5. Layout the 4 Flying Geese units, 4 background fabric squares,
and 1 large square from your Star fabric as shown.  Sew the pieces
together in rows.  Press the seam allowances toward the squares.


6. Sew the rows together and press the seam allowances toward
the block center.


And there you have it!  A very classic Sawtooth Star block!

Note: I am making 12" Stars for my project.  The cutoffs from making
my Flying Geese units are a decent size so I plan to
make those into Half-Square Triangles for a bonus project!

Also, if you are not using sashing between the blocks,
I would recommend pressing your seam allowances open.
I am using sashing between my blocks.

[6" Stars from my Two Stars a Day quilt]

I hope you find this cutting chart and tutorial
very useful, for many years to come!
Tag me on Instagram if you use them!
I'd love to see what you're working on!

Happy quilting!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chart.....it's a block I LOVE and make often but always need to look up the cutting instructions. Now I will have it right at my fingertips. Peggy in NJ

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  2. Thank you, what an amazing gift! I love sawtooth stars too! ❤

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  3. Oh this is so awesome! There is a pattern I want to do but instead of an Ohio star, I wanted to sub in a Sawtooth Star, my favorite block. Thanks for doing that quilty math for me!

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  4. Thanks so much! What a great resource to have as I was actually recently thinking about doing another Two Stars a Day quilt but wanted it to be slightly different/bigger, using the colors fabric for the background and the stars being white and linen fabric this time around.

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  5. Thanks for the handy chart! Math is not my strong point, so I appreciate you working out all of the sizes and sharing it with us.

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  6. Thank you for the chart, that is so sweet of you! I love the Sawtooth Star pattern. Hugs,

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  7. Thank yo. I love making these stars. I have never made any smaller that 6" so your chart will help with the math.

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  8. Thanks so much for this very useful chart! I've been thinking of making a star quilt lately and this will save me a lot of time. I love this kind of chart.

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  9. Thank you for the chart.
    Your star blocks are absolutely beautiful. Amber you are very inspiring.
    I will print out the chart. I love making star blocks

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  10. Thank you so much for this chart, it will be very helpful. I love the color combinations of your blocks. Happy 4th!

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  11. Love this, thank you very much!

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  12. Linda Nelson-FilekJuly 3, 2022 at 9:58 AM

    Thank you for sharing this useful chart and instructions! I am now following your blog. Happy Quilting!

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  13. I love that you are making your stars from Liberty of London fabrics. The blocks are so calming. Lovely site. Thank you.

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  14. Amber, I love ❤️ love your Star July 4th quilt. I will make one and use your free Star pattern. Thanks. Kathy

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  15. Oh wow. Thank you for posting this. So awesome! Thanks so much! Love your sawtooth flag quilt.

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  16. Thank you so much Amber for this WONDERFUL tutorial!! I want to make your red, white & blue star "flag" quilt you posted yesterday! It looks fast and easy and will be a perfect addition to our family room! I have a flag pillow on the couch up there but it never occurred to me until just now to make a flag quilt for that room! I'm nearly done with Camille's flag quilt and your Sawtooth Star flag will be a perfect compliment! Thank you!! ~MamaPris ❤️

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