The Birthday Bag Instructions Continue

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Last year we made a patchwork bag for a special birthday . We have had several requests for the instructions with the French Braid instructions provided back in November .

The following instructions are for the paper-pieced Crocus block pictured.

For purposes of instruction I have made a 6” block and used a printed block illustrating the numbered sewing order from my EQ7 program.

Crocus Foundation from EQ7

I also have pre-cut the fabrics adding ¾” to the square patch. The triangles are achieved by cutting a rectangle ¾” larger than the widest point.

Eight blocks were required for the Crocus Flower strip. You can create all the blocks for foundation piecing following the directions from our blog Making Quick Foundations for Paper Piecing.

The 50wt. Aurifil thread  is being used in black so the stitching is easy to see.

Important Note. All the fabric is placed on the unmarked side of the paper. Your numbered side is the side of the paper you will see when sewing.Patch #1

Place patch #1 and #2 with right sides together . Center these over the area mark #1 making sure you have a seam allowance on all sides. You can use large pieces of fabric until you become comfortable with the foundation technique. Patch #1 and Patch #2 rightsides togetherYour seam allowances can be trimmed to ¼” after each addition is sewn if needed. Sew on line beginning a few stitches outside the patch line.

Patch #2 and seam allowance

Patch #2 and seam allowance

Sewing line for Patch #1 and #2

Press fabric open.

Patch #3 ready to press

Patch #3 ready to press

Place fabric for #3 right sides together and stitch as before.Press the fabric open checking the seam allowance as before.

Continue placing the patches in numerical order, right sides together; checking seam allowances; stitching; trimming seam allowances to ¼” until all the patches have been added .

Patch #4 cut rectangle

Patch #4 cut rectangle

Patch #4 cut retangle for a triangle patch

Patch #4 cut rectangle for a triangle patch

Patch #5 cut same size as patch #4

Patch #5 cut same size as patch #4

Patch #5 pressed open

Patch #5 pressed open

Sew Patch #6 check seam allowances

Sew Patch #6 check seam allowances

Seam allowances will be trimmed to 1/4"

Seam allowances will be trimmed to 1/4″

Patch #7 cut rectangle

Patch #7 cut rectangle

Patch #7 pressed open

Patch #7 pressed open

Patch is placed on diagonal

Patch is placed on diagonal

Patch #9 Alternate method

Patch #9 Alternate method

Patch is sewn and seam allowance trimmed

Patch is sewn and seam allowance trimmed

I cut my rectangles 3/4″ larger than the widest part of the triangle I am creating. If unsure of the placement of the rectangle, place straight pins through the corners from the printed side to insure your patch seam allowance. The fabric is pinned for sewing. The ‘positioning’ pins are removed; the piece is turned over and the patch is sewn on the stitching line.

Block ready for last patch

Block ready for last patch

Patch #11

After all the patches have been sewn I trim the block INCLUDING the seam allowance.

Back of foundation for precise trimmimg

Easy removal of papersThe papers are removed once the blocks have been sewn together and secured in the bag row. REMOVE ALL PAPERS BEFORE LINING THE BAG.

This method can be used for any foundation block.Front of finished block

Check back for the final instructions and finishing directions so you can sew your version of our Birthday Bag.

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2 Responses

  1. […] can read about it in our blog posts on 3 August 2012,  10 November 2012 and 11 January 2013  where there are excellent descriptions of how each person went about their ‘row’ for the […]

  2. Great instructions, I could even be tempted to try paper piecing!

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