The Polaroid Sew-Along: Polaroid Project Inspiration Part 2

The Polaroid Sew-Along Layout Inspiration

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If you tuned in last week, you may have stumbled across this post. It is full of inspiration for all of those polaroids that you’ve been creating! Today I want to focus a little bit more on those projects, as well as a few others, in a little more detail. Today I want to talk about layout!

Layout Options

Whether this is your first time working without a pattern, or you are a pattern-less pro, at some point you are going to need to stop and consider your layout. There are a few different routes you can take; a straight forward approach, straight forward with a twist, or ultra creative. Each option will give you stunning results, and really showcase those fussy cut prints.

The Straight Forward Approach

Projects using this approach typically just add some sashing and line up the polaroids in rows. This layout style may be simple, but there is a reason why you see it so often – it’s a great layout option, and very effective in presenting your blocks. It uses a very traditional style of row construction, despite the rather “current” style of block.

This awesome pillow created by Johanna from Stuff I Made using drop shadow polaroids is the perfect example of a simple grid layout. It is really easy to look at each individual polaroid as your eye isn’t distracted by any other design elements.


This quilt from Scrapbooks Etc is another great example of Polaroids laid out in columns and rows. The 6 x 6 layout is cheery, crisp, and classic.

Straight Forward with a Twist

Grids create nice clean lines and a natural order for the eye to drift across. They are straight forward, fast, and relatively easy to assemble. That doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Are you interested in doing a grid, but maybe want to jazz it up a bit? Why not choose an element of the design, and add a little OOOOMPH to it?!

This Polaroid Quilt from 12 Squared Quilting Bee uses a grid layout, but instead of filling the entire quilt with polaroids, they put a concentration of polaroids at the bottom and gradually decreased the amount towards the top. The negative space makes an impact and creates a sense of movement in the quilt. I adore this layout!


Jo Westfoot‘s Polaroid Quilt from Issue 37 of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine is awesome. Two sizes of polaroids work together in an systematic way to create added interest in a traditional layout. Along with the color placement – wow! This quilt is a show stopper!


Lee from Freshly Pieced added a little excitement to a traditional grid by tilting some of her blocks. Interested in tilting some of yours? Check out the tutorial right here!

Ultra Creative

Thinking outside the box can be a tad more time consuming, but incredibly rewarding. Why not add big visual interest to your grid, or steer away from a grid all together? When you go Ultra Creative, the options are nearly endless!

I realize that this is not a Polaroid quilt, but I can certainly envision polaroids as those center squares. This quilt by Kate Conklin Designs is incredible! Why not vary the placement of your polaroids in a variety of sashing fabrics? Why not?!?!


A Quarter Inch from the Edge added in tilted blocks AND used color in a big way. Coming up with a color theme can create major impact with your quilt!


Circle of Flying Geese Block2 for Aimee @froggymonkey

Circle of Flying Geese Blocks are so unique. the movement of the blocks is just gorgeous. Again, I know that this block that I made for the Low Key Bee is not Polaroid related, but can’t you imagine polaroids tilting around in a circle?


I am also inspired by this block from Piece and Press. Another example of flying geese creating gorgeous movement that could be adapted for polaroids!