Sew Magical Class Plan

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161⁄2”x 161⁄2” pillow, using the paper pieced Unicorn block 

From Sew Magical by Mary Hertel 


Class Description

Let’s learn to paper piece a unicorn following the easy step by step directions in Mary Hertel’s book, SEW MAGICAL, page 12. Construct this adorable unicorn pillow for someone special. This project works for a student with any skill level, and the paper pieced block can be completed by a beginner. Learn how to paper piece, and how to construct a pillow. Each student will complete an 8”x 8” paper pieced block, and a 161⁄2”x 161⁄2” pillow. 


Class Length

Day 1: 5 hours to learn to paper piece, and to finish the Unicorn Block (perhaps less if students are not beginners to paper piecing). Have students quilt the block at home. The easiest way to quilt this block is to mark vertical lines on the top of the image with a Frixion Pen, spaced 1” apart. Quilt using Superior Mono Poly Thread.

Day 2: 4 hours to construct the pillow. If you also want to teach the student how to quilt the block, add another hour to Day 2. If students do not completely complete the pillow on Day 2, they can finish it at home using the instructions in the SEW MAGICAL book. 


Class Supply List

*Required text: SEW MAGICAL

*1 yard fabric for border and pillow back

*1/8 yard for inner border

*1/2 yard for lining

*18”x 18” square of batting

*16”x 16” pillow form

*Fabric scraps of the colors listed on the Unicorn Block pattern, page 45.

*Paper piecing tools listed on page 7 (under Paper Piecing Basics).



This is an opportunity to sell Add-A-Quarter Rulers, Foundation Paper from C&T, seam rippers, and wool pressing mats. Make it even easier for students by providing a kit of fabrics needed for paper piecing the unicorn block, and even for the pillow. 


Classroom Preparation

It is recommended for each student to have their own small pressing iron, a pressing board, and a small cutting mat, in addition to their sewing machine. 


Class Outline

Follow the instructions beginning on page 7 to demonstrate how to paper piece a combination block. Follow the instructions on page 12 to construct the pillow.