Crafting Hanukkah Magic: A Beginner-Friendly Lap Quilt with Free Pattern

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a time for celebration and togetherness. What better way to commemorate this special occasion than by creating a beautiful and meaningful lap quilt?

cutting Hanukkah menorah fabric

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through the process of sewing a beginner-friendly Hanukkah lap quilt using my Hanukkah Nights fabric and 3 of the 6 placemat panel images from Riley Blake Designs -quilter’s choice on which 3 to include! Best of all, we’re providing you with a free quilt pattern you can print or use offline to make your crafting experience even more enjoyable.

Hanukkah Nights fabric and placemat panels


Large Images: (1) Hanukkah Nights Placemat Panel (P13433-PANEL)
Fabric 1 : 1/4 yard Hanukkah Nights Main Blue (C13430-BLUE) 
Fabric 2 : 1/4 yard Shabby Beehive by Lori Holt (C605)
Fabric 3 : 1/4 yard Confetti Cottons Riley White (C120-RILEYWHITE) 
Fabric 4 : 1/2 yard Hanukkah Nights Dreidels Blue (C13431-BLUE) 
Fabric 5 : 1/3 yard Hanukkah Nights Star of David White (C13432-WHITE) 

Hanukkah Nights placemat panel

Placemat panels & sashing

This lap quilt is made with 3 placemat panel images, economy quilt blocks – also called square in square quilt blocks – and sashing. Even the newest quilter will be able to get this project done in an afternoon.

The 10 page PDF gives you the material list and step-by-step directions with photos – everything you need to succeed.  Watch the video tutorial as well if you like to watch and learn.

Economy Quilt Blocks

These Economy Blocks have oversized triangles that you will trim to size after completing each color instead of cutting perfect sizes and hoping for perfect construction. This method make this quilt great for beginners because you will get beautiful results even if everything doesn’t go perfectly at each step!

trimming an economy quilt block
trimming a square in square quilt block


If you make a Hanukkah quilt and post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed). Follow my YouTube channel for new sewing projects and tips every week.

🧵 Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!



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