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Play with print and fussy cut flo­rals for a fun Dres­den de­sign

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Play with print and fussy cut flo­rals for a fun Dres­den plate de­sign

YOU WILL NEED

■ As­sort­ment of print scraps

■ Back­ground fab­ric: 13in square

■ Bor­der fab­ric: two (2) fat quar­ters

■ Back­ing fab­ric: ½yd

■ 20in wide fusible

in­ter­fac­ing: 1½yd

■ Em­broi­dery thread

■ Six­teen (16) copies of

the Dres­den tem­plate

■ One (1) copy of the

Em­broi­dery tem­plate

FIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 16in square

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in,

un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams to one side,

un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ Tem­plates do not in­clude

seam al­lowances.

■ For tem­plates, see p86.

■ Fab­rics sup­plied by Sew Hot (se­whot.co.uk), Alice Caro­line (al­ice­caro­line.co.uk) and Fat Quar­ter Shop (fatquar­ter­shop.com)

FAB­RICS USED

■ Flo­ral print fab­rics are from a Lib­erty

strip roll from Alice Caro­line.

■ Back­ground fab­ric is Es­sex Yarn Dyed

Linen in Oys­ter by Robert Kauf­man.

■ Bor­der fab­rics are from the Sleep­ing Porch col­lec­tion by Heather Ross for Wind­ham Fab­rics.

■ Back­ing fab­ric is Shape Up in Topaz from the Paper Cuts col­lec­tion by Rashida Cole­man-Hale for Cot­ton+Steel.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the print fab­ric scraps cut:

■ Six­teen (16) pieces us­ing the Dres­den tem­plate, adding a ¼in seam al­lowance all the way around.

2

From each bor­der fab­ric cut:

■ One (1) 13in x 2¼in strip.

■ One (1) 16½in x 2¼in strip.

THIS CUSH­ION HAS THE PER­FECT BAL­ANCE OF MA­CHINE SEWING AND CALM­ING HAND STITCH­ING

3

From the back­ing fab­ric cut: ■ Two (2) 16½in x 11in pieces.

4

From the fusible in­ter­fac­ing cut:

■ Two (2) 16½in x 10¼in pieces.

■ One (1) 16½in square.

PRE­PAR­ING THE DRES­DEN PETALS

5

Place one of the Dres­den tem­plates cen­trally on top of one of your print fab­ric pieces, with the fab­ric right side down. Pin in place and fold the ¼in seam al­lowance over the short edge. Fold over the next seam al­lowance and se­cure the folded cor­ner with a few stitches (Fig A).

6

Fold over the cor­ner of the curved edge and se­cure again with a few stitches (Fig B). Run a small bast­ing stitch along the seam al­lowance un­til you reach the next cor­ner. Gather care­fully to curve the fab­ric around the paper (Fig C).

7

Con­tinue work­ing your way around the paper piece, se­cur­ing the cor­ners, un­til all the seam al­lowances are basted in place (Fig D). Press. Re­peat steps 5–7 to com­plete all six­teen Dres­den petals.

PIEC­ING THE DRES­DEN PLATE

8

Ar­range your petals in a cir­cle. Select two and sew to­gether along the long edges, us­ing a whip stitch to pick up the edge of the fab­ric with­out catch­ing the paper. Con­tinue us­ing this method to sew the petals in groups of four, to make four quar­ters (Fig E).

9

Join the quar­ter seg­ments in pairs, then sew these to­gether to com­plete the cir­cle (Fig F). Care­fully re­move the papers and press the Dres­den plate from both sides.

SEWING THE CUSH­ION FRONT

10

Sew the shorter bor­der strips ei­ther side of your back­ground fab­ric 13in square. Press the seams to one side. Join the longer strips to the top and bot­tom and press again. Square up to 16½in.

11

Iron the fusible in­ter­fac­ing 16½in square to the back of the cush­ion front, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Cen­tre the Dres­den plate on top of the cush­ion front and se­cure with pins (Fig G). Ap­pliqué in place around the outer edge, then stitch around the in­side cir­cle.

12

Trans­fer the em­broi­dery de­sign onto the cen­tre of your cir­cle, us­ing a re­mov­able fab­ric pen. Em­broi­der us­ing two shades of em­broi­dery thread. Susi used Au­ri­floss in yel­low and turquoise (Fig H).

CON­STRUCT­ING THE CUSH­ION

13

Iron the fusible in­ter­fac­ing back pieces on the wrong side of each 16½in x 11in back­ing piece, leav­ing a ¾in strip along one long edge un­cov­ered.

14

Fold this edge towards the in­ter­fac­ing and press. Fold and press again, then top­stitch in place.

15

Place the cush­ion front right side up. Lay one of the back­ing pieces on top, RST, align­ing the side and bot­tom edges. Po­si­tion the se­cond back­ing piece on top, so the hemmed edges over­lap in the cen­tre (Fig I). Pin or clip in place.

16

Sew all the way around the edges of the cush­ion. Clip the cor­ners be­fore turn­ing right side out (Fig J).

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