Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Learn to Sew Curved Seams

Tailoring Thursdays™ Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers:

Sewing Curved Seams

I think one of the easiest curved seams to learn is the drunkard's path square.  
It has one curved seam and gives you a lot of ease, making it easier to sew.
Here's a quick tutorial on how to sew a drunkard's path curved seam and then make it into a mug rug.  I promise, no more mug rugs for at least a month!  They are just so much fun to make!! Little mini quilts for coffee, how is that not awesome? 

  • 2 Charm Squares or 5" squares in one color
  • 2 Charm Squares or 5" squares in another color
  • Template  (click to print)
  • 1/4 Yard Fabric for Binding
  • 1 Fat Quarter or a 14" x 21" Rectangle for Backing
  • 14" x 21" Piece of Batting
1.  Cut out Template.
 2.  Trace one part of template ("arch" piece in photo) on to the corner of a square. 
  3.  Cut it out.  
4.  Take remaining part of square and trace other template piece ("pizza slice" in photo) on to it.  
5.  Cut out.
6.  Repeat with other square.  
7.  Match up an Arch piece of one color with a Pizza Slice of the other color.  Repeat with remaining Arch and Pizza Slice piece.
8.  Taking one set of Arch and Pizza Slice pieces and fold in half at corners (see below picture). Press. 
9.  With curved sides together, line up the center fold lines, and lay pieces on top of one another, right sides together. 
10.  Pin fold lines together. 
11.  Curve the Arch piece curved edge slightly to line up with the curved edge of the Pizza Slice piece until you get the edge of the Pizza Slice to line up with the edge of the Arch piece. 
12.   Pin edges together.
13.  Line up the curved edges in between these to pins.  
14.  Place pin between those pins.  
15.  Repeat steps 11-15 with other half of the pieces, so that the Arch piece is completely pinned to the Pizza Slice piece.  
  16.  Carefully stitch with a 1/4 seam allowance around the curved edge, keeping fabric gently pulled away from the seam while sewing (just to keep it from puckering).
 17.  Press.  Open seam.  Press.  Voila!  Not too hard, right?  Please let me know if it was too hard and I will try to advise you on how to make it easier.  You can do what you like with your pretty curved squares now! Or, move on to the next steps for the pictured mug rug how to!
18.  Repeat with other set of pieces. 
19.  For mug rug pictured, turn one square upside down and one right side up.  
 20.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.
 21.  Take remaining two squares and cut into 3, 1 1/2" x 5" strips.
22. Take one of the strips just cut in one color and place on the side of the pieced rectangle.  Then one on the other side. 
 23.   Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
24. Take the remaining strips cut in step 21 and sew each color set into a longer strip to measure 1 1/2" x 9 1/2".
 25.  Sew strips to top and bottom of mug rug with a 1/4" seam allowance.  
26.  Trim down rectangle and square any wavy or uneven edges.  
 27.  Quit as desired. 
28.  And bind!  If you need help with binding, view and choose one of the following tutorials:
  I've decided to call this my, Sunny Side Up mug rug!
 And I am going to keep this one for myself! :) 
Oh and don't you just love my mug?  I LOVE those mugs! 

1 comment:

Jennwith4 said...

Haven't attempted any curved piece quilt blocks yet. That is a cute little mug rug!

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