Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

Fair Isle Man and Woman – Tutorial


Hello dear friends! I’m so happy that you like my North Star quilt project and the Fair Isle blocks I have made. They are fun and easy to make.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

So lets go to see how I made this happy couple! First I draw the picture and used few colours to help you to see how pieces have different sizes. Each square = 1″ finished size. We use 1/4″ seam allowance, so for example for 1″ square we shall cut 1.5″ square etc.




Red shirt:

1 x [5.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [7.5″x 1.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x 1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and trousers:

2 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey boots:

2 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [7.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [3.5″x 1.5″],

2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 6 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 10 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished block size is about 16.5″x 13.5″.


Photo above shows you the pieces.

! I have one correction that I noticed later: two squares on up corners are too big in this photo (they have to be 4.5″x 4.5″ as in the cutting list).

Sew in sections. Start sewing the small pieces together and then continue connecting them with the next pieces etc. It’s like making a log cabin blocks.



Press the seams (the more often the better) but at least when connecting the sections.






Red shirt:

1 x [4.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and skirt:

1 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey skirt and boots:

1 x [8.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 16 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished blog size is about 16.5″ x 12.5″


Here you see all the pieces. I have already started to sew from the boots. Sew again in sections as with the Fair Isle man.

Fair Isle woman

I hope this tutorial is clear and easy. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer. When you make your Fair Isle blocks, you will see that this is not the only way to share the picture to sections.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

Thank you for reading! Have fun sewing this couple and I hope this gives you inspiration to create also other Fair Isle blocks!




Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

11 thoughts on “Fair Isle Man and Woman – Tutorial

  1. You are so right; they are certainly fun! I can imagine making a lot of these in all different colours.

  2. Thanks Teje for sharing how you design your blocks. It’s just like a knitting pattern isn’t it.

    • Thank you Lisa! It’s like knitting pattern. Doesn’t look exactly the same because with knitted loops the squares become a little bit round so the ‘picture’ looks more real but they look quite fun with fabric squares! x Teje

  3. I’ve never tried knitting fair isle before – i love your patchwork take on it!

  4. These blocks are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your designs and method.

  5. Jopa on hupaisa pariskunta 🙂 miehellä on pussihousutkin!

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