If you’re tempted to try patchwork but you’re not too sure where to start, this little patchwork pack is the ideal set for you to try. if you’ve already stitched the patchwork dress pocket, perfect as a gift for a little sewing enthusiast, and you’ve had a go at our happy little hen and pincushion pooch, these projects will be a doddle. Keep your table well protected with these fun coasters and trivets in lots of different sized circle and leaf shapes, and store all of your offcuts in the fabric tub so you can go back to them later! You’ll be a patchwork professional by the end…
You will need:
Round coaster 15cm square of insulated lining Matching sewing thread Hand sewing needle
Dimensions 10cm diameter
Note: Insulated wadding is heat resistant but not heat proof. Insulated wadding £3.25 per metre from Barn Yarns (01765 690069; www.barnyarns.co.uk:)
Leaf mat Matching sewing thread 20cm square of cotton wadding for each leaf 18mm bias binding maker Hand sewing needle Bodkin One button for each leaf
Dimensions Large leaf 19 x 15cm, not including loop Small leaf 17 x 13cm, not including loop
Storage tub 30cm square of standard sew-in interfacing Matching sewing thread Hand sewing needle
Dimensions 14cm wide x 11cm tall
Note for all: 6mm seam allowance. Stitch seams with right sides facing.
- Download the templates for Issue 33. Print and cut them out. Cut one front coaster from four different fabrics, one pair of back coasters from another fabric and one padding to the fold from insulated lining. Stitch the fronts together in pairs along one straight edge. Press the seams open. Stitch the fronts together along the long straight edge, matching seams. Press the seam open.
- Pin the front right side up on the insulated lining. Refer to the template to stitch along the broken lines to quilt the layers.
- Stitch the backs together along the straight edge, leaving a gap to turn through. Press the seam open. Pin the front and back together. Stitch the outer edge. Snip the curves and turn right side out. Slipstitch the gap closed. Press the coaster. Topstitch 6mm from the outer edge.
- Download the templates for Issue 33. Print and cut them out. For each leaf, cut two 28 x 3.6cm bias strips for the binding and one 22 x 3cm bias strip for the loop from one fabric and one leaf to the fold from another fabric for the back, set these pieces aside. Cut two 11.5 x 5.5cm rectangles of four fabrics for a large leaf front and two 10 x 5cm rectangles of four fabrics for a small leaf front.
- Stitch one of each fabric design rectangle together in a row along the long edges. Press the seams open. Repeat to join the other rectangles. Cut a pair of fronts from the joined rectangles, matching the broken lines to the seams. Pin the fronts together, matching the seams. Stitch the straight edge and press the seam open.
- Cut one leaf to the fold from wadding. Place wadding on the wrong side of the back leaf, place the front leaf on top. Pin the layers together. Stitch along the seams to quilt the leaf.
- Stitch the bindings together along one end. Press the seam open. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make the binding using a bias binding maker. Open out one edge of the binding. Starting at the tip of the leaf, pin the binding to the back of the leaf, matching the raw edges. Stitch along the fold line of the binding. When you reach about 5cm from the tip of the leaf, fold the binding at the start of the stitching to the front of the leaf and pin the pressed edge over the seam on the front. Continue stitching along the fold line.
- Cut off the excess binding 1.2cm beyond the tip of the leaf. Pin the excess binding over the tip of the leaf. Fold the binding to the front and pin the pressed edge over the seam. Hand sew the binding in place at the tip. Stitch close to the pressed edge of the binding.
- Fold the loop lengthwise in half. Stitch the long edge. Trim the seam allowance and turn through with a bodkin. Poke in the ends of the loop and slipstitch the ends closed. Overlap the ends of the loop by 2cm. Pin the loop to the top of the leaf. Sew in place with a button on the overlap.
- Cut two 23 x 12.5cm rectangles of pink birds, standard interfacing, green scallops and pink circles fabrics. Pin and tack the pink birds rectangles right side up on the interfacing for the tub. For the pockets, press the green scallops rectangles lengthwise in half with wrong sides facing. Pin and tack the pockets to the right side of the tubs, matching the raw lower long edges and short side edges.
- Divide the pockets into thirds parallel with the side edges. Mark the divisions with a row of pins. Stitch the divisions. Stitch the tubs together along the short edges. Press the seams open.
- Cut one 15cm diameter circle for the base from lime dotted, standard interfacing and white floral fabric. Pin and tack the lime dotted base right side up on the interfacing. Divide the lower edge of the tub and interfaced base into quarters and mark each division with a pin. Pin and stitch the lower edge of the tub to the base, matching the divisions. Snip the curves and turn right side out.
- Cut two 12.5 x 7.5cm rectangles from white floral fabric for the loops. Fold lengthwise in half and stitch the long edges. Turn right side out and press the loops. Fold the loops in half and pin the raw ends together. Pin the loops to the side seams of the tub with the raw edges level.
- Pin the pink circles rectangles together for the lining. Stitch the short edges, leaving a 10cm gap in one seam to turn through later. Press the seams open. Divide the lower edge of the lining and remaining base into quarters and mark each division with a pin. Pin and stitch the lower edge of the lining to the base, matching the divisions. Snip the curves.
- Slip the tub into the lining, matching the seams. Stitch the upper edge. Turn the tub right side out through the gap in the lining. Slipstitch the gap closed. Push the lining into the tub and press the upper edge. Topstitch 6mm below the upper edge.