Celebrate Spring with Patchwork!
The weather is finally warming up, and the change in season brings many other changes along with it. I’m putting away the sweaters and coats and thinking about dresses and short sleeves and bright springy colors. I’m also thinking about spring cleaning, organizing my sewing room, and planning new projects to sew for warmer weather.
Combining bright florals and happy colors in one project will give you an instant pick-me-up, and patchwork is a great stashbuster. Projects often call for small amount of several fabrics, so it’s a great way to use up fun odds and ends that you couldn’t bear to part with. (Plus, using up those spare bits counts as spring cleaning in my book, and you get a fabulous finished project at the end!)
Our sister publication Quilting Arts just put the finishing touches on a great special issue called 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts. As the name suggests, it’s full to overflowing with over a hundred patchwork projects that are bright, cheery, and the perfect inspiration for spring.
Though it’s hard to pick a favorite, one project that really jumped out at me were the Patchwork Fabric Cuffs by Lucie Summers. It’s a quick and easy project, and they’d be perfect with a cute sundress! Here are the instructions so you can whip up a few of your own:
PATCHWORK FABRIC CUFFS
Whatever your style, minimalist or bohemian, these quick, fun cuffs are sure to be noticed! Try them with a few simple utility fabrics like denim and linen, or go to town with crazy prints and embroidered embellishment.
– Small piece of heavy-weight interfacing
– Assorted fabric scraps
– Spray basting glue
– Lightweight piece of fabric for lining
– Pencil for marking
– Embellishments (ribbons, silk threads, beads)
– Walking foot attachment
– Buttonhole foot
– Small piece of Velcro or sew-on snap fasteners
1. For simple 1- or 2-button cuffs, measure loosely/comfortably around your wrist, and add approximately 1 1⁄2″ to the measurement.
2. Decide on your cuff width and cut out a long piece of heavy-weight interfacing using these measurements.
3. Stitch your fabric scraps together, making enough to cover the interfacing. You could have just 2 or 3 large chunky fabric pieces, or lots of tiny pieces making a rainbow of stripes.
4. Spray baste the back of the interfacing and stick it to the back of the patchwork fabric. Trim off any excess fabric.
Fabric Cuffs by Lucie Summers, from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts.
5. Spray baste the backing fabric to the other side of the interfacing. Make sure the cuff fits around your wrist comfortably.
6. Satin stitch around the edge of the entire cuff.
7. Measure approximately 1/2 ” in from one end of the cuff and mark the center with a pencil. If you are making a thicker cuff, you might choose to have two buttons. In this case mark accordingly.
8. Line up the pencil marks with the buttonhole foot and make a buttonhole.
9. Stitch the button onto the other end and check the fit around your wrist.
10. Using embroidery thread, embellish with decorative stitches, or stitch on seed beads. Be creative!
TIP: If you do not want to make buttonholes, no problem! Simply stitch two pieces of Velcro where a button and buttonhole would meet, or use sew-on snap fasteners. You can still stitch a button on the cuff for show. It also makes it easy to take the cuff on and off!
What a quick and easy project! I have a pile of fabric scraps waiting to be used – I think I’ll whip up a couple of these this weekend! Reserve your copy of 101 Patchwork today for even more fun projects
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