Tutorial: Quilty Mistletoe Selfie Backdrop
Christopher Thompson|

Put on your worst (and by worst, we mean best) Ugly Christmas Sweater, grab your phone, and #selfie the night away in front our fabulous Quilty Photo backdrop! This quick and easy mini-quilt is perfect for those last minute holiday parties, family get-togethers, and hostess gifts! We’re going to show you how to put this together in one afternoon.

Quilty Mistletoe Selfie Backdrop

[DID YOU KNOW: “Selfie” was the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year in 2013!]


Tutorial: Quilty Mistletoe Photo Backdrop

  • (3) Different Shades of Green Fabric, Fat Quarters (we used Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman)
  • Background Fabric, 5/8 yard (we used Winterberry by Kate and Birdie for Moda)
  • Batting (we used Quilter’s Dream)
  • Backing and Binding Fabric, Fat Quarter (we used Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater for Moda)
  • Matching Thread for Piecing and Quilting (we used Aurifil variegated White)
  • Fusible (we used Fusi-Bond Lite from Lazy Girl Designs)
  • Small piece of cardboard (we used a piece from a Charm Pack—reduce, reuse, and certainly recycle!)
  • Pencil
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Mistletoe template (download here)

[DID YOU KNOW: “Selfie” was first used in 2004 on Flickr.]

The finished size is completely up to you! Ours comes in around 20” x 20”. Make it larger for a conversation piece or something to snuggle up to by the fire.

Note: Read the manufacture instructions on the Fusible before proceeding with this project.



From the background fabric, cut (1) 20” x 20” square.
From the green fabrics, cut (2) 5” x 5” squares.
From the fusible, cut (6) 4” x 4” squares.
From the binding fabric, cut (3) 2 ½” strips.


Sewing and Finishing

Print the mistletoe template and cut it out (be sure to print at 100% scale). Or, freehand your own! Then iron the fusible to the green fabric squares.


Trace a mistletoe shape onto all six pieces of fusible. (Tip: for a few of the cutouts, flip your mistletoe template to create a mirror cutout.)

Quilty Mistletoe Photo Backdrop
Cut out the mistletoe shapes.

Arrange the mistletoe shapes in a bunch at the top center edge of your background fabric, 2-3″ from the edge.

Following the manufacturing instructions, carefully iron the mistletoe shapes onto the background fabric, starting with the bottom first.

Quilty Mistletoe Selfie Backdrop

Add the batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Bind this mini quilt using Jessee’s tutorial.

Adding the Bow

Tutorial: Quilty Mistletoe Photo Backdrop

Cut two 2 ½” x 12” strip (We used our left over binding) and sew together end to end. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew long edges together at 1/4″.

Turn the tube and iron with the seam on the inside. Tie a bow and tuck the tails underneath the knot. Hand sew or hot glue (we know, don’t call the Quilt Police!) directly above the mistletoe stems.

[DID YOU KNOW: Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie from 2014 had more than 1 million retweets!]

Hang your backdrop at your holiday party and start taking those selfies! Don’t forget to tag us: @thesewingparty!

Hailing from a very small town in Southern Virginia, Christopher has lived in several cities over the years from Atlanta to San Francisco and now NYC. He grew up in a traditional quilting family and before he could walk and talk, was playing under a quilt frame. As the years passed, Christopher continued tinkering with crafts, quilting, and other odds-and-ends creative endeavors. He purchased his first grown up sewing machine and has been working late nights and weekends to create interesting quilts inspired by the world around him–art, music, fashion, and of course, there’s a nod to his traditional roots thrown in there too!

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