Sweet Christmas tray cover

This is a tutorial for a pot holder or tray cover.

Materials

  • White linen fabric
  • Variegated embroidery floss for the lettering
  • Embroidery floss in pastel colours
  • Bias tape. Mine is homemade and is 1 7/8 in wide

Embroidery pattern

I used one of the 300 embroidery motifs in the last Aimee Ray’s last book: Doodle Stitching: The holiday motif collection. The words Sweet Christmas (pdf) are mine.
Embroidery stitch: stem stitch (watch video).

Measure your tray
All the measurements are for my tray. Yours will likely be different so you will have to measure it in the following way.
First measure the inside width and length.

The measurements of my tray are 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches for the base.

Cut a 13 in x 17 in rectangle from the linen fabric.

Trace the embroidery on the fabric.

Stitch using stem stitch and back stitch.

 

Trim the rectangle to the size of your tray base + 1/4 in.

 

Now cut the backing fabric using the embroidery piece as a measure and add 1 inch all around.

 

Use the backing piece to cut the batting roughly.

 

Pin the three pieces together and with the help of something round such as a bowl or a glass draw around each corner.

 

Quilt as desired. I used stipple quilting.

 

Then cut the round corners.

 

I made my own bias tape but you can use store bought bias tape. Make sure you measure all around your piece and cut enough tape to cover all sides plus 2 extra inches.

 

I will be stitching the bias tape by machine on both sides so I’ll start by pinning the bias tape on the backing side of the quilted piece.

 

You will need to use lots of pins for the corners.

 

Stitch all around and turn over.

Now pin the binding to the right side.

 

Use your machine to finish.

 

Done!

 

This binding method can look very neat.

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – block 6

Do you want to make this quilt?

Follow the tutorials

This is the sixth block in a series of 12 that make the Semi-improv 9-patch quilt.

Materials

  • 1 charm pack (a charm pack is typically a 42 x 5 in squares)
  • cream cotton fabric for the background
  • cotton solids scraps in matching colours

All blocks are a variation of churn dash or monkey wrench, a 9-patch block.

The finished block size is 12 1/2 inches. The finished size will be obtained after 2 improv patchwork iterations.

Block 6

Red = pattern charm square

Black = contrasting fabric

White = background fabric

Cut

  • one charm square to 4 1/2 in for the centre of pattern fabric
  • four 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in of the background fabric
  • four 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in of the contrasting fabric
  • two 4 7/8 inches for the corners in the background fabric
  • trim two charm squares to  4 7/8 in squares for the corners in the pattern fabric

Important: Keep the tiny bits when trimming the charm squares to 4 1/2 inches. They’ll be used later.

Making the corner triangles

Place both pattern 4 7/8 square and background square with right sides together.

Pin.

Mark a diagonal as per picture.

Stitch 1/4 in from the line on both sides of the diagonal.

Cut through the diagonal.

Open and press.

Place the cut pieces as per diagram above.

Stitch together on rows and then the rows together.

The sixth block is done.

All 6 blocks are finished.

The fun starts in the next post!

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – block 5

This is the fifth block in a series of 12 that make the Semi-improv 9-patch quilt.

Materials

  • 1 charm pack (a charm pack is typically a 42 x 5 in squares)
  • cream cotton fabric for the background
  • cotton solids scraps in matching colours

All blocks are a variation of churn dash or monkey wrench, a 9-patch block.

The finished block size is 12 1/2 inches. The finished size will be obtained after 2 improv patchwork iterations.

Block 5

Red = pattern charm square

White = background fabric

Cut

  • trim one charm square to 4 1/2 in for the centre of pattern fabric
  • four 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in of the pattern fabric
  • four 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in of the background fabric
  • two 4 7/8 inches for the corners in the background fabric
  • trim two charm squares to  4 7/8 in squares for the corners in the pattern fabric


Important: Keep the tiny bits when trimming the charm squares to 4 1/2 inches. They’ll be used later.

Making the corner triangles

Place both pattern 4 7/8 square and background square with right sides together.

Pin.

Mark a diagonal as per picture.

Stitch 1/4 in from the line on both sides of the diagonal.

Cut through the diagonal.

Open and press.

Place the cut pieces as per diagram above.

Stitch together on rows and then the rows together.

The fifth block is done.