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Ba­sics SEWING A FRINGE

STEP 1 Place one fab­ric piece right side up. Place the fringed trim along 2 op­po­site sides on the outer edges of the fab­ric, with the fringed edge fac­ing in­ward. Pin the fringe in place with straight pins. STEP 2 Place the sec­ond fab­ric piece right side down over the first piece and fringe, match­ing the edges care­fully. In­sert ad­di­tional straight pins through all 3 lay­ers per­pen­dic­u­lar to the edge ev­ery 5cm. Re­move the straight pins in­serted into the fringe and the first fab­ric layer. STEP 3 Us­ing a sewing ma­chine and leav­ing a 1cm seam al­lowance, sew around all sides, mak­ing sure to go through all 3 lay­ers on the fringed ends. Leave a 10cm gap on one un­fringed side, to pull the project through to the right side.

QUILT­ING STITCH LENGTH

STEP 1 Use scraps of fab­ric, back­ing and bat­ting to make a sam­pleswatch sand­wich to test the stitch length. By test­ing the stitch­ing on a swatch, you can see if you need to ad­just the ten­sion of your sewing ma­chine and the stitch length. Place fab­ric right side down with bat­ting on top, then po­si­tion back­ing right side up. There is no need to pin baste this sam­ple-swatch sand­wich. STEP 2 Start sewing, mak­ing sure the ma­chine has a new nee­dle each time you get ready to quilt. Sew 1 line along the swatch at the first set­ting you want to test. Then, re­move the swatch, change the stitch length set­ting, and sew an­other line next to the first. You can sew as many test lines as re­quired.

STEP 3 To check the stitch qual­ity and ten­sion are cor­rect, look at the stitches on both the front and the back of the test swatch. Ad­just the ten­sion and stitch length un­til you’re happy with the stitch­ing on the test swatch be­fore you move onto your quilt­ing.

STRAIGHT LINE QUILT­ING

STEP 1 Place fab­ric right side down with bat­ting on top, then po­si­tion back­ing right-side up to cre­ate a quilt sand­wich. Pin baste the quilt sand­wich to­gether. STEP 2 When quilt­ing, al­ways start in the cen­tre and work your way out. Mark the cen­tre and draw a straight line. Use this line to sew your first straight line. Work out the spac­ing of the lines and use the first line to sew the sec­ond line. Con­tinue un­til you have cov­ered the front in your de­sired amount of quilt­ing. STEP 3 Square the quilt sand­wich us­ing a quilt­ing ruler and ro­tary cut­ter.

MITRED COR­NERS

STEP 1 Cut fab­ric to re­quired size for the project with a 5cm seam al­lowance. STEP 2 Lay fab­ric right side up and fold over 2.5cm on each edge to wrong side. Press. Fold over 2.5cm again and press.

STEP 3 Un­fold sec­ond fold. Then fold cor­ner in­wards so pressed creases line up with creases from sec­ond fold.

STEP 4 Press fold to cre­ate a crease, then un­fold.

STEP 5 Fold at a cor­ner so fab­ric is right sides to­gether, mak­ing sure you line up the outer folded edges. The last crease you made should line up through lay­ers. Pin, then stitch along the line on 1 folded edge. Re­peat on re­main­ing cor­ners.

STEP 6 Turn mitred cor­ners right sides out, press.

STEP 7 Top­stitch folded edges, keep­ing nee­dle in fab­ric at each cor­ner for a neat fin­ish.

MAK­ING A CUSH­ION

STEP 1 Cut cush­ion back and front to the same size with a 6mm seam al­lowance.

STEP 2 With right sides fac­ing, sew 3 sides to­gether, leav­ing 1 side open. Turn cush­ion cover right side out. Place cush­ion in­sert in­side cover. Hand-sew open­ing closed.

CUSH­IONS

2 x 45cm cush­ions in red 2 x 45cm cush­ions in aqua 1 x 60cm cush­ion in green

Gather your sup­plies

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric • Cush­ion in­serts • Sewing thread

Here’s how

Fol­low Mak­ing a cush­ion in­struc­tions (this page).

QUILTED CUSH­IONS

60 x 60cm blue cush­ion

Gather your sup­plies

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric • 100% cot­ton plain fab­ric • Bat­ting

• Quilt­ing pins Here’s how

STEP 1 Cut cush­ion front and back, plain panel and bat­ting to the same size with a 6mm seam al­lowance. STEP 2 Place cush­ion front right side down, put bat­ting on top then fin­ish with plain panel to cre­ate a quilt sand­wich.

STEP 3 Fol­low Steps 2-3 of the Straight line quilt­ing in­struc­tions (op­po­site page). STEP 4 Fol­low Step 2 of Mak­ing a cush­ion in­struc­tions (this page).

CUSH­ION WITH FRING­ING

40 x 55cm cush­ion

Gather your sup­plies

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric • Cush­ion in­sert • Sewing thread • Fringe trim

Here’s how

STEP 1 Cut cush­ion front and back to size with a 6mm seam al­lowance. STEP 2 Fol­low Steps 1-2 of Sewing a fringe in­struc­tions (op­po­site page). STEP 3 Fol­low Step 2 of Mak­ing cush­ion in­struc­tions (this page).

QUILTED PLACE­MATS WITH FRING­ING

50 x 35cm place­mat

Gather your sup­plies

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric • Ther­mal polyester bat­ting • Fringe trim

• Sewing pins

Here’s how

STEP 1 Cut place­mat front and back, and bat­ting to the same size with a 6mm seam al­lowance. ➤

STEP 2 Fol­low Steps 1-2 of Sewing a fringe in­struc­tions (page 178).

STEP 3 Po­si­tion the bat­ting on top of place­mat back, pin in place.

STEP 4 Fol­low Step 3 of Sewing a fringe in­struc­tions.

STEP 5 Put your hand be­tween the place­mat front and back pan­els to pull it through the right away around with the bat­ting on the in­side.

STEP 6 Hand-sew gap closed.

STEP 7 Fol­low Step 2 of Straight line quilt­ing in­struc­tions (page 178) to fin­ish.

QUILTED TRAY MAT

60 x 45cm tray mat Gather your sup­plies

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric • Ther­mal polyester bat­ting • Sewing pins Here’s how

STEP 1 Cut tray mat front and back, and bat­ting to the same size with a 6mm seam al­lowance.

STEP 2 Place tray mat front right side up, po­si­tion the back on top right side down, match­ing the edges care­fully.

STEP 3 Po­si­tion bat­ting on top of the back, pin in place.

STEP 4 Us­ing a sewing ma­chine and a straight seam, sew around all sides, mak­ing sure to go through all 3 lay­ers. Leave a 10cm gap on one side, to pull the project through to the right side.

STEP 5 Put your hand be­tween the tray mat front and back pan­els to pull it through the right away around with the bat­ting on the in­side. STEP 6 Hand-sew gap closed. STEP 7 Fol­low Step 2 of Straight line quilt­ing in­struc­tions (page 178) to fin­ish.

TABLE­CLOTH AND NAPKINS WITH MITRED HEMS

120 x 120cm table­cloth 50 x 50cm napkins Gather your sup­plies 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric Here’s how

STEP 1 Fol­low Mitred cor­ners in­struc­tions (page 178) to make napkins and table­cloth.

MESH TA­BLE COVER WITH FAB­RIC TRIM

110 x 110cm ta­ble cover Gather your sup­plies

• Mesh fab­ric

• 100% cot­ton hand-block printed fab­ric Here’s how

STEP 1 Cut 4 fab­ric strips 22 x 125cm and sew to­gether to cre­ate one long strip. Iron the length of fab­ric in half, wrong sides fac­ing. STEP 2 Be­gin­ning in cen­tre of one edge of mesh, place bind­ing strip against mesh, align­ing open bind­ing edge with mesh raw edge. Be­gin sewing bind­ing in place at least 5cm in from start of the bind­ing strip. Stop sewing 2cm from the cor­ner. Back­stitch, then clip threads.

STEP 3 Re­move from sewing ma­chine presser foot. Fold bind­ing strip up­wards, cre­at­ing a di­ag­o­nal fold (see di­a­gram be­low). Hold­ing di­ag­o­nal fold in place with your fin­gers, bring bind­ing strip back down in line with next edge of mesh, mak­ing a hor­i­zon­tal fold that aligns with the mesh edge (see di­a­gram be­low).

STEP 4 Start sewing again at top of hor­i­zon­tal fold, stitch­ing through all lay­ers. Sew around the mesh, turn­ing each cor­ner in the same way.

STEP 5 When you re­turn to start­ing point, join the ends. Press seams open. Sew fi­nal edge to mesh.

STEP 6 Turn bind­ing over each mesh edge to the back. Ma­chine top stitch bind­ing onto the other side, mak­ing sure to cover all ma­chine stitch­ing.

Quilted cush­ions

Cush­ion with fring­ing

Quilted place­mats with fring­ing

Quilted tray mat

Table­cloth and napkins

Mesh ta­ble cover

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