New Patchwork and Quilting Basics Class Plan

Spool Notebook Holder

From New Patchwork and Quilting Basics by Jo Avery


Class Description
Foundation paper piecing can be such a fun and versatile method of piecing, but it is also somewhat laborious. Making a small project is a good way to try out the technique without too much pressure. The notebook holder is quick to make once you have pieced your scrappy rainbow spool blocks. This project works well as an introduction to FPP before taking your customers on to a full quilt. For a shorter class you can always make the whole thread section out of just one piece of fabric to speed things up, or even try with some fussy cutting.  Once completed students can use the notebook to record their quilt plans!


Class Length
Half day


Class Supply List

New Patchwork and Quilting Basics Book

Text print fabric: 1 Fat Quarter

Assorted Bright Prints: 5 scraps each in 9 colors for spools

Brown fabric: 1/8 yard

Charcoal fabric: 1/8 yard

Pocket fabric: 1 fat quarter

Lining: 1 fat quarter

 Each student will need 3 copies each of templates A B and C


Optional Supplies

  • Seam roller

  • Add-a-quarter ruler


TIPS: Though not strictly necessary I always use an Add-a-quarter ruler for FPP and a seam roller to keep me from having to get up and go to my iron, especially when micro piecing. Once your customers see you using these notions they will definitely want their own! This could be an opportunity to push some notions and tools. 

You could also make up some rainbow scrap packs and sell one of each color to your students, or a bundle of 9 at a small discount.

You can also use the templates to make smaller items for more classes or to extend this one. I used the row of 3 spools for a zipper pouch front and used single spools to make a trio of cute pincushions in different colors.


Classroom Preparation
Each student will need a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations. If possible, each student should have a small cutting mat next to their machine.


Class Outline

1. Use the chart on page 80 to have the students cut their fabrics.

2. Follow the instructions on page 82 to demonstrate how to use Foundation Paper Piecing to make one of the spools.

3. Get your students to make nine spools in total, each in a different color, giving them plenty of practice with FPP.

4. Show the students how to complete the notebook front

5. Follow the instructions on pages 83 and 83 to demonstrate how to finish the notebook holder.