Tuesday, 8 April 2014

How To Patchwork Using A Coaster: Part One


NB: this method is definitely not the "correct" method for patchworking, but it does work and saves a lot of cutting out of templates and basting.

You will need: 

at least six or seven different bits of fabric
an iron
fabric scissors
a coaster
tailor's chalk
a needle and thread or a sewing machine if you are a lazy patchworker like me.


1. Using your coaster, cut out squares of fabric that are approximately 1cm larger than the coaster all the way around.


2. Arrange your fabric squares overlapping each one by 1cm so you get an idea of how your final patchwork will look.  As you can see, I arranged mine diagonally which meant that I had to cut some of my squares in half diagonally to form the edges.


You are now going to sew the squares together, row-by-row, so your work will look like this...


3. Choose two pieces from the end of a row and place them so that the right (as in correct) sides are together.  Stitch a straight line along them approximately 1cm from the edge of the fabric, as shown below.


4. Grab hold of your coaster and open out your seam making sure that the right side of the fabric is facing down. Line up the coaster with you line of stitches and grab your tailor's chalk.

5. Draw a line down the opposite side of the coaster from your line of stitches as show below. 

6. Then simple grab hold of your next square and place it under the square with the chalk line.  Make sure right sides are facing each other and that the chalk line is facing up. Stitch along your chalk line and then open out your seam. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until your row of patchwork squares is complete.

7. When you have sewn a row of patchwork squares all together, open out all the seams and press them flat. 

This tutorial will take you to a point where all your rows of patchwork squares are completed. Part two of this tutorial will show you how to use that handy coaster to sew them all together!


What patchwork experiences have you encountered?


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2 comments:

  1. I love a good cheat like this! :D
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials

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    1. Same! I know it's definitely not the way to patchwork but the results were good! x

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