Let’s have fun creating intricate blocks with stripes!
Do you hesitate to buy striped fabric because you don’t know what to use it for? Well, buy some and I will show you a few easy ways to create lovely blocks with minimum effort.
Lately, I have played a little more with such fabrics and I love them.
The fabric I used for this tutorial is a heavy cotton canvas from Ikea. It is great for sewing bags or pillow covers.
I always pre-wash these fabrics because they shrink. The washing must be done with much care in order to not distort the stripes. I don’t use steam for pressing. Quilt weight fabric – if used – should be pre-washed with the same care.
So, what can we do with these fabrics ? Let’s see…
Cut a square then cut it on both diagonals.
From two squares we can make two blocks like these ones:
Using 2 green squares and 2 red squares,
from half of the triangles, we can make these 2 blocks:
or these ones:
and using the other half ( see the placement of the white stripes on these triangles)
we can make one of these three blocks (hard to choose the favorite, right?).
The next two methods apply to fabrics with stripes of the same width.
From a long strip cut rectangles; the width of a rectangle (Y) = the width of a strip(X) +0.5″ (for seam allowances) ; offset the rectangles and sew them together.
The method described above is called Seminole patchwork. Many variations could be created by changing the number of the strips/stripes, the angles of the cuts and the way the pieces are sewn together.
I used a triangle ruler ( Kaleidoscope ruler from Quilt in a Day) to cut the triangles.
Cut two squares and cut them on the opposite diagonals. Set aside the inner triangles and piece them to make squares. Repeat with the outer triangles.
I used this method for this quilt
I used a 15-degree fan ruler (any degree ruler works).
If we don’t close the circle, we can make a beautiful tree skirt (cut out a larger circle from the center if needed). Quilt then bind around the edges.
My piece with center circle added.
But how about beautiful quilt weight fabric like this one ?
There are so many fabrics like this on the market – some of them are beautiful batiks.
Here is how to cut these quarter triangles using a rectangle ruler. May I say that I am a big fan of Creative Grids rulers ?
Align the 45-degree marking line of the ruler with the edge of the fabric and cut.
Rotate the ruler, align the other 45-degree marking with the edge of the fabric; keep the already cut edge of the triangle parallel with a marking line of the ruler.
– or using the rectangle ruler, in a similar manner used above.
This time, align the edge of the fabric with the 60-degree marking of the ruler.
Other uses of striped fabrics
Bags and more bags…
Pair this fabric with the main fabric of your bags – it is ALWAYS a good idea!
As you see, it works even if your main fabric is a striped fabric, as well.
It works with floral fabrics…
…and even with gingham fabric.
I hope this tutorial is helpful. Imagine all the possibilities!
If you love piecing quilts, check out
my collection of patchwork quilt patterns.
You you need new ideas for bags, check out my bag patterns.