Hol­i­day Di­a­monds

Ap­pliquéing the di­a­mond strip to the long, nar­row run­ner back­ground makes this an easy project.

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Try ap­pliquéing di­a­monds to a back­ground.

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• As­sorted Christ­mas print scraps at least 8" x 14" in black, off-white, red, green and gold

• 2 yards black solid

• Back­ing to size

• Bat­ting to size

• Thread

• 2 (11/ 8"- di­am­e­ter) off-white but­tons

• 25 pre­cut 31/2" 45- de­gree di­a­mond shapes or light card­stock to cut shapes

• Wa­ter- erasable pen (op­tional)

• Dig­i­tal photo source

• Tem­plate ma­te­rial

• Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

Pre­pare a tem­plate for the A shape us­ing pat­tern given if not us­ing pre­cut di­a­mond shapes. Cut A pieces as di­rected on the pat­tern and in Pre­par­ing the A Pieces. From Christ­mas print scraps: • Cut 21/4" x 101/4" bind­ing strips to to­tal 168"

when joined for bind­ing. From black solid: • Cut 1 (121/2" x 66") B strip along length of

fab­ric.

PRE­PAR­ING THE A PIECES

1. To pre­pare an A piece, place one card­stock tem­plate or pre­cut shape onto the wrong side of a Christ­mas print scrap. Pin or hold the tem­plate in place while you cut out fab­ric 1/4"–3/8" larger all around as shown in Fig­ure 1. Re­peat with all Christ­mas print scraps to cut a to­tal of 25 A pieces as per pat­tern. Set aside two off-white A pieces for ends.

2. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2, cen­ter a card­stock A on the wrong side of an A fab­ric piece. Be­gin­ning on one side, fold the fab­ric over the edge of the card­stock and fin­ger-press in place. Thread a nee­dle and make a knot at the end. In­sert the nee­dle into the folded edge and baste, stitch­ing through fab­ric and pa­per.

3. When you reach the tip, fold over the next side of the fab­ric form­ing a lit­tle flag as shown in Fig­ure 3.

4. Con­tinue bast­ing all around, mak­ing a flag at both nar­row ends. Back­stitch at the end and clip thread leav­ing a short tail as shown in Fig­ure 4.

5. Re­peat steps 2–4 to pre­pare 23 A pieces. 6. To pre­pare the two end off-white A pieces, fol­low steps 2–4 ex­cept fold the fab­ric down over one end tip and then fold the sides over and baste as shown in Fig­ure 5.

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