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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spool Tutorial

Time for spools of fun!
You can make as many or as few as you like. 
They can be scrappy or not. We are just having  fun with fabric. 

For each spool you will need:
(1) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 for your middle (thread)
(If you want a scrappy striped look, cut 4 pieces at 3 x 1 1/8. Trim to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2)
(2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 background (sides of thread)
(2) 1 1/2 spool top and bottom
(4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 background 
Make a diagonal line across each 1 1/2 square. Line them up on the spool piece and sew from corner to corner. Making sure that you have them going in the same direction. 
Sew sides to the thread piece. 
Trim away the excess from spool pieces and press open. 
When you line up and sew the spool ends to the thread, feel for the seam and sew across both catching them right where they come together. 
I made a few mistakes and I thought I'd share how I fixed them. 
If you just happen to have a piece that didn't quite line up right, no worries. I just went back and sewed a bigger seam.

If the spool is over the sides, I thought it was just a spool that had some thread missing but you can fix those too. Make a smaller seam. 
When you are happy with your seams and have pressed you block, now you must trim it. 
Line your ruler up and trim it to 4 x 4. Your thread piece should line up perfectly at the 2 inch mark. Trim excess. 

Please let me know if I've missed something!
Have fun and show us what you make. 

Take care, Brandie 

1 comment:

Teri said...

Looks perfect....I think this is I going to be fun....I'll let you know how it goes....