Today’s guest post for the Patchwork Summer Series comes from Diane of From Blank Pages.
Hi! I am so excited to be guest posting today! When Jennifer announced that she was doing a Patchwork Series this summer, I was thrilled at the chance to join in. I love patchwork because it always turns out great, and it is a fun way to make something totally unique!
Whenever I think of patchwork, for some reason, I think small. I instantly thought of these tissue covers I made a few years ago, and how they would be cute with patchwork. I jotted down some ideas, and instantly went to work! I love how they turned out!
- One piece for the inside. Cut: 7.5 inches by 6.5 inches
- Two pieces for the main outside (from the same fabric, or different fabrics). Cut: 1 – 7.5 inches by 3.75 inches; 1 – 7.5 inches by 2.25 inches
- 7 pieces for the patchwork. Cut: 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches.
If you want to fussy cut your smaller squares: Cut out a piece of paper (I use cardstock) 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. Measure in .25 inches (1/4 “) from all sides, and mark lines parallel to the outer edge. Cut out a 1 inch square from the exact center (using the lines you drew). You now have a little window. Line up your window until you are happy with the design that shows in the center, and cut around the outside of the square.
Square it up to 6.5 inches by 7.5 inches.
Place your outside and inside piece right sides together. Pin at the corners and in the center of the sides. Mark the center of one long side as your opening, and do not sew between those two pins. Usually 1.5 inches to 2 inches is enough room to turn your cover after you sew. Make sure to backstitch and the beginning and end.
Trim your corners like so: First cut the corner off as on the left corner in the picture. Then trim at an angle on both sides of the corner as on the right corner in the picture. Be careful not to cut through your stitches. Repeat so all of your corners look like the right one in the picture.
Turn your tissue cover right side out. Push out the corners. My favorite tool for pushing out corners is a crotchet hook. Press all your edges and corners so they are nice and flat.
One side will overlap the other when we sew this into the tissue cover. Decide which side you want to have on the outside, and that is the side you will fold in first.
Find the center of the rectangle and mark, or crease. Fold in one side so it overlaps the center by 1/4 inch. Fold the second side over so it overlaps the center on the other side by a 1/4 inch. You should now have a 1/2 inch overlap of the two sides. Pin in place.
Sew along each end with a scant 1/4 inch. You can add some extra personality to it by using a decorative stitch here. (This also closes your opening, and is why it is important that your opening is in the center of a long side of the tissue cover.)
Turn your tissue cover right side out and your finished!! Or leave it as it as is.