Those Bonus Triangles….

I keep getting asked questions about how to make “bonus triangles” so here’s a little “how to” of what I do.

Sew the regular seam as shown.  Then sew another seam a little but away from the first seam.


Now just trim between the two seams.  I use a scissor but you can use a rotary cutter..whichever is handy.


Now you have two pieces.  Iron them as shown.


You will need to trim the “bonus triangle” so that it is 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  You’ll need to add the other corner using the same method.

Once you have collected a bunch of “bonus triangles”, you can make some great projects…

This wall hanging that I just finished up, was made entirely of “bonus triangles”.


The pattern is a Country Threads pattern, “Troops in Formation”.  You can find it here.

Most of the triangles came from this “Nine in the Middle” quilt.


Saving those bonus triangles from the “Nine in the Middle” quilt, gave me a HUGE jump start on “Troops in Formation” wall hanging.  I also made many of the Quilt Square Quilt Along blocks using them too. Saving the bonus triangles also gave me a lot of variety in my projects as I would never have had if I had started from the beginning.  I just wouldn’t have pulled that many different fabrics.

If you have any other questions about bonus triangles, ask away.  I’ll try to answer them.