There are many ways to piece the 5 sections of the Alexandrite birthstone. This is just one of them. Enjoy the process!


Section 1

  • Sew together 1-1 and 1-2 (Creating Unit 1:2)
  • Sew together 1-3, 1-4, and 1-5 (Creating Unit 3:5)
  • Sew together 1-6 and 1-7 (Creating Unit 6:7)
  • Sew together Unit 1:2, Unit 3:5, and Unit 6:7 to complete Section 1

Section 2

  • Sew together 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, and 2-5 to complete Section 2

Section 3

Let’s start by piecing the smallest units together first...

  • Sew together 3-1 and 3-2 (Creating Unit 1:2)
  • Sew together 3-3 and 3-4 (Creating Unit 3:4)
  • Sew together 3-5 and 3-6 (Creating Unit 5:6)
  • Sew together 3-7, 3-8, and 3-9 (Creating Unit 7:9)
  • Sew together 3-10 and 3-11 (Creating Unit 10:11)
  • Sew together 3-12 and 3-13 (Creating Unit 12:13)
  • Sew together 3-14 and 3-15 (Creating Unit 14:15)

Now you can sew the following units together...

  • Sew together Unit 3:4 to Unit 5:6 (Creating Unit 3:6)
  • Sew together Unit 1:2 to Unit 3:6 (Creating Unit 1:6)
  • Sew together Unit 10:11 to Unit 12:13 (Creating Unit 10:13)
  • Sew together Unit 10:13 to Unit 14:15 (Creating Unit 10:15)

Now let’s work on those angled seams...

  • Align the center facets of Unit 7:9 and Unit 1:6 with right sides together. (The pieces on each side won’t match up; your fabric sandwich will look like it has wings.) Pin together the center facets (3-2 and 3-8), leaving the “wings” free. 
  • Stitch together the center facets, starting and stopping exactly 1/4” from the edge of the center facet (at the intersecting seam line). Remove pins.
  • Pull the edges of 3-1 and 3-7 together and align the hash marks. Pin. Starting 1/4” from the center facet, sew to the edge of the unit. Remove pins.
  • Now pull the edges of Unit 3:5 with 3-9, and align the hash mark. Pin. Starting 1/4” from the center facet, sew to the edge. (Creating Unit 1:9)
  • Now do the same on the other side: position Unit 1:9 with Unit 10:15. Align the center facets, pin, and sew.
  • Gently align 3-7 with Unit 10:13, pin, and sew.
  • Gently align 3-9 with 3-15, pin, and sew.
  • Iron seams toward the center of the mini-block you’ve just created.

Section 4

  • Sew together 4-1, 4-2, and 4-3 (Creating Unit 1:3)
  • Sew together 4-4 and 4-5 (Creating Unit 4:5)
  • Sew together 4-6 and 4-7 (Creating Unit 6:7)
  • Sew together Unit 1:3 and Unit 4:5 (Creating Unit 1:5)
  • Sew together Unit 1:5 and Unit 6:7 (Creating Unit 1:7)
  • Sew Unit 1:7 and 4-8 to complete Section 4

Section 5

  • Sew together 5-1 and 5-2 (Creating Unit 1:2)
  • Sew together 5-3 and 5-4 (Creating Unit 3:4)
  • Set aside 5-5; we'll come back to it in a moment
  • Sew together 5-6 and 5-7 (Creating Unit 6:7)
  • Sew together 5-8 and 5-9 (Creating Unit 8:9)

Now let's sew the units together...

  • Sew together Unit 1:2, Unit 3:4, and 5-5 (Creating Unit 1:5)
  • Sew together Unit 6:7 and Unit 8:9 (Creating Unit 6:9)
  • Sew together Unit 1:5 and Unit 6:9 to complete Section 5

Now we'll sew the entire Alexandrite gem together...

  • Sew together Sections 2, 3, and 4
  • Sew Section 1 to Section 2-4
  • Sew Section 5 to Section 1-4