Thursday, 16 February 2012

Week 7: wibbly wobbly patchwork

Before we proceed with this weeks mini I have a confession to make...
It went wrong.

I was aiming for a rustic, handmade effect but hadn't intended it to turn out quite as wonky as it did. That said, I'm still quite pleased with it!

So, without further ado, here's how to make a beginners miniature patchwork throw. (might have another go at this later on in the year for a tidier result!)

What I used:
Scraps of fabric
Needle and thread
Iron ( for pressing)

What I did:
This is good for using up any scraps of fabric you've got sitting around so in theory shouldn't cost you anything to make.
It does take a while though, aim for a weekend rather than one sitting.

Firstly, cut your fabrics into small squares of equal size, I aimed for 2cm allowing for seams.
When you feel you have enough lay them out in the order you want them to appear.

Now, I hand stitched this as the fabric pieces are so tiny they'd just get chewed up in a sewing machine. It's fine once you get going but take breaks to avoid a claw hand!

For simplicity I stitched one row at a time, then when all squares are in rows you can start joining these together lengthways.
Keep the stitches small and tight to avoid any little gaps appearing.

When you've joined all the sections give the whole throw a press with a hot iron to keep it nice and flat.

I didn't finish the edges this time around ( mainly because they were so crooked!) but if your's turns out straighter than this you may want to trim it with some thin ribbon or fabric strip.

For a cosy look I laid the throw on a little day bed with mis-matched scatter cushions. Not too shabby.

Next weeks post will be coming from our new HQ as I say Ta Ta to Brighton for a little while.
Looking forward to a taste of things country bumpkin and introducing you to Four Little Walls new mascot!


1 comment:

  1. just so you know even with big squares (1:1) size getting quilts straight with rulers and guides and anything else is a nightmare, the smaller the tougher. There is a 'cheat' method of postage stamp quilts, that may work on a small scale (not too sure because it adds bulk) but if you google easy postage stamp quilts or something like that, you should find it. Or I could and get back to you... The basic idea is you stick it on backing (usually ironed) then fold over each seam and stitch it after the blocks are already lined up :) Have just discovered your blog and am enjoying going through it, thanks!