Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Week #1 of October's free Sew-along

Have you found a yard of border print fabric to work with? If so, let's begin this easy peasy Table Mat. Today we will begin cutting out our "not so fussy" fabric sections.

First, you will want to open your fabric up and lay it out in a single layer. Have the stripes running vertically to make it easier for cutting.

You will want to cut (2) identical 8-1/2" wide strips of this border fabric to make the design work. And it's important to include a stripe as part of the design. Here you can see I'm making my first cut along the edge of a stripe in the fabric.

I could use the piece to the left (shown above) if I want a stripe as my outside border on my table mat. But I've decided I'd like to have leaves or flowers around the outside edges and a stripe running in the center of my table mat. So I chose to isolate my 8-1/2" fabric strip from the piece on the right. You can see a picture of my first cut below:

Once you choose your starting point, you will need to cut this piece 8-1/2" wide. Here you can see that I've aligned my ruler along the cut edge of my fabric at the 8-1/2" mark.

Cut the strip 8-1/2" wide by the entire WOF (width of fabric)

You now have (1) 8-1/2" x WOF strip of fabric completed for your Table Mat.

You will need to repeat this process again to create a 2nd identical strip of fabric. So let's repeat the steps... find that same stripe again on your single layer of fabric with an identical pattern to the right and left side of it - just like the first strip you cut out. Cut along the stripe, measure over 8-1/2", cut and voila... you now have 2 identical strips of fabric.

Next you will place your(2) identical 8-1/2" fabric strips on top of each other - right sides together.

Fold them in half and then place them aside until I post the cutting instructions for next week.

If you are using at least 1 yard of fabric - you may have noticed that you will be able to make several of these hexagon table mats from your left over material. As tempting as it may be to cut all this fabric up ahead of time - you may wish to wait until after you've assembled your first one. It will give you a better perspective on all the different pattern possibilities you can create with the remaining portion of your fabric.

If you'd like to share your fabric choice for this project - please share your link at the bottom of this post once you've blogged about it.

every quilt tells a story....

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial ! I can not wait to sew this together ! It is going to be gorgeous!


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