It’s Hip to Be Square 🔲

Squares are cool! Totally! You can do so much with a perfect square shape. Today’s projects are designs made with squares, specifically 1-1/4″ squares. Squares of this size are perfect for arranging in different ways on card fronts. The patterns you create with these squares will make you feel like a quilter, and the card fronts can be embossed with an embossing folder for a real faux quilted look. I challenge you to cut up some 1-1/4″ squares and put together some of these designs.

Quilted card fronts using 1-1/4″ squares

Download the pdf for your files so you have all the patterns at your fingertips, and watch my video tutorial for all the tips and tricks when putting the squares together.

Papercrafting Playdate 56
Quilt Cards using 1-1/4″ Squares – 7 Different Patterns

Supplies Needed

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base
  • 5-1/4” x 4” cardstock quarter
  • 1-1/4” squares of double-sided patterned paper


  • All designs are built on a quarter sheet of cardstock measuring 5-1/4” x 4”, which attaches to a card base.
  • Use as many different paper patterns as desired – mix and match to your heart’s content.
  • Use an embossing folder on the quarter sheet once all the squares are adhered. This gives the pattern a faux quilted look.

Square Pattern 1 Full Coverage  – 12 squares

  • Squares can be attached evenly with space in between them or attached with sides touching.
  • Focal point can be attached anywhere.

Square Pattern 2 Around the Edge – 8 squares

  • Squares are attached on three sides.
  • Remaining space is filled with a layered focal point image. The Basic White square is 2-1/4”, and the matte squared layer is 2-1/2”.

Square Pattern 3 Diamonds – 9 squares

  • Find the center of the cardstock quarter. Measure 2-5/8” on the long edge and 2” on short edge to find the center and place the first square with corners on the center lines (diamond shape).
  • Place four squares around the first one matching the sides, then add the other 2 middle squares.
  • Cut 2 squares in half diagonally to finish the design on the short edges.

Square Pattern 4 Layered Bricks – 4 squares & 4 rectangles

  • Rectangles measure 1-1/4” x 2-3/8”

Square Pattern 5 Pinwheel – 8 squares

  • Matte layer is 2-3/4”. Attach the four dark squares first but only where they meet the outside corners.
  • Attach the light squares diagonally in between the dark ones.

Square Pattern 6 Two Rows – 8 squares

  • Squares are attached in 2 rows.
  • Try using a corner rounding punch on 2 opposite corners of each square for a different effect.

Square Pattern 7 Tumbled – 5-6 squares

  • Squares are attached at odd angles from one end to the other with bits extending and trimmed off.

I hope you will join me in putting together some hip cards using squares and your stash of patterned paper!

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Happy stamping!

10 thoughts on “It’s Hip to Be Square 🔲”

  1. Anita L Collins

    I love all your ideas and have started making a folder with all your PDF’s. When my mojo is missing I just take out your PDF’s and start making cards. Thank you for inspiring me.

  2. Hi Robin I hope you’re feeling better I’m getting over the flu even after being vaccinated I’m thinking it would be smarter to do the starter kit for me plus a few other things I want. Do you think that would the best for me? Thank Holly

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  3. So glad I found these ideas 💡 l have the Hues of Happiness and can’t wait to get started on my squares 😊

    1. I’m happy you love these card ideas – they are very fun to create and you will love using the Hues of Happiness! Such a gorgeous paper!

  4. Love all your ideas! And appreciate all the measurements as you step us through! It’s awesome!! Beautiful cards! Great ideas!


    I really loved these ideas and can’t wait to try them all. I wanted to ask you if you made the template that shows swatches of the paper along with a circle of each coordinating cardstock color? It is brilliant! You should do a video of how you make that. I have some paper I bought from Stampin Up many years ago but did not save the packaging so finding just the right color of cardstock to use with it can be a challenge. I am going to use your idea for organizing my papers from now on. Thanks for all of the inspiration. Kathy

    1. Hi Kathleen! I sure appreciate your feedback, thank you! Yes, I created that pdf very easily as a Word Doc. Then I punch a 1″ circle of cardstocks that match and cut 1-1/2″ pieces of DSP. It helps me so much and it is super fun homework to do!

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