I thought I would do a little update on how the patchwork is progressing and some instructions on how I patchwork. I have seen hand sewn patchwork done in a number of ways and no way is wrong, if you are happy with the way that you do it.
Top to bottom, left to right
- Place paper template on top of the reverse side of your fabric.
- Using an iron, fold over and press the first side of the fabric.
- Continue around the shape, using an iron pressing all the sides inwards and downwards (watch you don’t burn your fingers), making sure the template remains central on the fabric.
- Completed ironing reverse side.
- Turn the patchwork pieces over and press with an iron and steam.
- Begin sewing at one corner. Use good quality thread, otherwise it may fray and a fine sewing needle. Use the cotton double stranded and knot the end. Over sew the corner through all layers of fabric three times.
- Move on to the next corner and repeat the process.
- Continue around the patchwork until all corners are secure. This will hold the template in place without having to sew through them, making them easier to remove at a later time and you will never have to remove this sewing, unless you want too.
NB – I did buy ready cut baking paper templates but I found them too thin to work with and I would not recommend them. Since then I have come across others made of light card, which may be better, but so far I have been making my own.
This is how it looks so far – 19 pieces ~ I leave my needle in the last piece that was sewn and on the side that I want to add the next piece, it can get a little confusing.
Have you started an art/craft project yet, this year?