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Tutorial: Our Josephine Sews… How to Sew a Simple Patchwork

Folded Patchwork

You’ve read the planning tips, your fabric is all cut out and ready to sew. It’s time to get that machine out, prep your ironing station and create that patchwork. This tutorial is based on the crib size quilt with 9 blocks.

 

You will need:

  • Your Patchwork Plan
  • Pre cut Patchwork Squares
  • General Sewing Paraphernalia
  • Ironing board and Iron

 Create your Blocks

For each block we are going to create 3 short rows and then sew them together. Please enjoy my little illustrations, I hope they help and don’t hinder. They are drawn with the way the fabric passes through the sewing machine in mind.

1. Take your first two squares, place them right sides together, pin on the right hand side and sew a 1cm seam. Open out and add your third square, right sides together, pin on the right hand side and sew a seam.

How to Sew a Patchwork Step 1

2. Repeat for the next two rows. You should now have 3 rows of 3 squares. Press all seams open.

3. Pin the top row to the second row, right sides together making sure the seams line up, sew.

How to Sew Patchwork 3

4. Pin the third row to the bottom of the second row right sides together with seams matching, sew. Press all seams open.

How to Sew a Patchwork Step 4

Make all of your blocks in the same way.

Sew your Blocks Together

Essentially you need to repeat the process you went through to create your blocks. Make sure you are sewing your blocks together according to your plan. I have repeated the instructions here for ease.

5. Take your first two blocks, place them right sides together, pin on the right hand side and sew a 1cm seam. Open out and add your third block, right sides together, pin on the right hand side and sew a seam.

How to Sew a Patchwork Step 5

6. Repeat for the next two rows. You should now have 3 rows of 3 blocks. Press all seams open.

7. Pin the top row to the second row, right sides together making sure the seams line up, sew.

How to Sew a Patchwork Step 7

8. Pin the third row to the bottom of the second row right sides together with seams matching, sew. Press all seams open.

How to Sew a Patchwork Last Step

You have now sewn your patchwork top, all it needs is the wadding and backing which I’ll show you how to do next time…


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