Wednesday, November 29, 2017

FREE Chanukah Pattern: Paper Pieced Dreidel

I promised a pattern for my dreidel block which appeared in the 2015 Quilting Arts magazine finished as a gift bag. This first one I made MANY years ago with some pretty awesome Chanukah fabrics. (I didn't have time to put the pattern together for the bag here, but I'm sure you can figure out how to make a simple bag on your own.)

Hanukkah gift bag
This is how my two bags were photographed in the magazine:

Gift bags for Hanukkah
I had also made a few gift tags and a book mark about 10 years ago:

Gift tag and book mark
I gave these items to my oldest daughter as gifts for my 3 year old granddaughter's preschool teachers (last year). Eva goes to a Jewish preschool and I'm so glad these can make special gifts. I had 2 copies of the magazine and they were included, too!

This is what the 6" paper pieced dreidel looks like before it's made into the bag:

6" paper pieced Dreidel
Let me show you some process shots and you can follow the link to the FREE paper pieced pattern.

First two patches are sewn
Then the body of the dreidel is added (I used an oversized square) and then it's trimmed for the last two triangles at the bottom.

Beautiful fabrics, don't you think? From about 15 years ago
 The two side rectangles added and then pattern trimmed from the back.

Pattern trimmed
And here's my block! The FREE Dreidel pattern includes the patch size to cut (which are always oversized for paper piecing). So easy!
A different block with different fabrics
 I just discovered I still have THREE more of these blocks. More gift bags!

3 paper pieced dreidel blocks (6" finished)
My Dreidel Block goes back 20 years when I first published it in Quilt Magazine. Hanukkah begins on December 16, December 12! so you have plenty of time to whip up a few for your Jewish family and friends.

I would love to see your blocks and any creative ways that you have used these - maybe even a small quilt or table runner?

Peace, joy and blessings to my Jewish bloggers. And everyone else, too! "What the world needs now is love, sweet love", right?


  1. Thanks for this lovely pattern. It's really nice to see a Chanukah pattern. This looks quick and easy and something I can definitely get done before the holiday.

  2. Thank you for this pattern. It is sometimes difficult to obtain Chanukah related patterns.

  3. Thank you for the lovely Chanukah pattern


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