green and white flying geese units with title.

Making flying geese the obvious way

There are different methods to making flying geese units. Making the units by stitching triangles together is the most obvious method of construction.

Cut the fabric

To make two flying geese unit that finish at 3″ x 6″ (3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ with seam allowances)

  • cut two 4″ squares of “wing” fabric
  • one 5-1/2″ square background fabric
squares cut for flying geese.

Cut all the squares on the diagonal.

fabric triangles for flying geese.

The small triangles will fit along the small sides of the large triangles.

fabric triangles laid out for flying geese.


Stitch the first side on, right sides together.

Take care not to stretch the side of the larger triangle as it is a bias edge and easily distorted.

stitching triangles for flying geese

Fold the small triangle back and finger press. Then press with an iron, being careful not to move the iron in a back and forth direction.

assembling flying geese.

Add the second side in the same way.

assembling green and white flying geese.

Measure the finished piece and trim to size if necessary. Be sure to allow 1/4″ beyond the tip of the background triangle for seam allowance.

squaring up flying geese.

You’re done!

green and white flying geese units.

What is good about this method

  • cutting is simple
  • construction is intuitive
  • little fabric waste

What isn’t good about this method

  • cutting an stitching must be exact
  • bias edges easily stretch

Rating: 2 out of 5

The good things about this method don’t out weigh the bias edges. Unless you are very careful, they will easily distort. Once they stretch, you can’t correct.

Exception: If you have a die cutter to cut the pieces to the exact size, the rating goes to 4 out of 5.

Check out this tutorial for everything you need to know about die-cutting flying geese.

assorted pieced triangles with title.

white and blue fabric pieced triangles with title "half square triangles".
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Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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