Video Tutorial: How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points

By: Carolyn Wainscott

A geometric addition to your quilting, prairie points can be tricky if you don't know the fastest, easiest way to make them. Watch this video tutorial on how to sew continuous prairie points to make a prairie point border from just one piece of fabric.

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueOther



  • Matching or contrasting fabric the length of each side of quilt PLUS 6 inches by 8 inches wide
  • sewing supplies

Note: This tutorial shows the prairie point border attached to a miniature rail fence quilt. Find the miniature rail fence quilt pattern here.


  1. Measure each side of quilt, and add 6 inches to each measurement to get the length of the fabric needed for each border.

    How to Sew Continuous Praire Points
  2. Cut lengths of fabric 8 inches wide for each side.

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points
  3. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, press sharply.
  4. Unfold. Starting on one edge, mark off in 4 inch segments on each side of center line. Stagger the lines 2 inches apart on either side of the fold.

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points
  5. Cut on each mark being careful not to cut center line.

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points
  6. Make prairie points with right side of fabric down.
    1st fold: on first 4” segment, fold corner diagonally:

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points

    2nd fold: fold 2nd corner diagonally:

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points

    3rd fold: fold corner diagonally on 2nd segment:

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points

    4th fold: fold prairie point #1 up:

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points

    5th fold: fold 2nd corner diagonally on prairie point #2:

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points
  7. Press and pin prairie points.
  8. Repeat step 6 through end of fabric strip.
  9. Sew prairie point strip 1/8” along straight edge.

    How to Sew Continuous Prairie Points
  10. Pin and sew to quilt top.
  11. Turn quilt to back, turn under edges of quilt back, and sew around perimeter of quilt.


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I clicked on where it says I could download a paper pattern for the continuous prairie points and all I get is a place to sign up! Cannot find where I can download it! Sneaky!


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