There’s nothing nicer on these cold, dark evenings than snuggling up on the sofa, under a quilt, in front of an open fire with a good book. Or in my case, Kindle. I struggle to hand sew in poor light, so this time of year I tend to either read or do other handicrafts in the evening, mainly knitting or crochet and I save my sewing for the weekends.
Nevertheless, I can’t believe that Spring is nearly upon us. Whilst the downside is having to try to avoid all the chocolate and sweet treats that abound at this time of year, the plus side is that the mornings are getting brighter and the evenings are staying lighter.
Anyone who knows me, will know that I love hares. I was toying with the idea of making an Easter themed stuffed toy for March, but I decided to make you a pattern for an appliqué block instead.
Appliqué is a great way to use up scraps. My pattern can be scaled up or down, used for a book cover, a wall hanging or adapted into a cushion cover. I decided to use mine to make a cover for my Kindle.
I started by measuring the size of my Kindle, which was a fraction over 4½” x 6½” then rounded it up by about 1½” to 6” x 8” for seam allowances, thickness of wadding and so on.
From my scrap box I took:
• Scraps of fabric for the hare and flower appliqués
• 8 scraps of neutral quilting cotton 2” x 6½”
• 3 pieces of fabric 7” x 9” (one for the back of the cover, two for the lining). Alternatively you could make these pieces of fabric from scraps, as I demonstrated in my free heart pincushion pattern that can be downloaded from here.
• A jelly roll strip or piece of leftover binding approximately 24” long
I also used:
• Two pieces of wadding about 8” x 10”
• Sewing threads
• Quilting ruler and rotary cutter
You might also want:
• A few buttons, ribbon, scraps of lace or other trimmings
1. Sew four strips together using a ¼” seam allowance (twice).
2. Press the seam allowance to one side.
3. Square the two blocks up to 6½”.
4. Turn one piece 90 degrees and place the two pieces right sides together.
5. Using a very small stitch, sew around all four sides, ¼” from the edge.
6. Cut the sewn block diagonally across the centre, both ways.
7. Open the blocks and press the seam allowance to one side.
8. Arrange the blocks and keep rearranging them until you are happy with the way they look.
9. Stitch the blocks together to make a square. Press the seams to one side. If you want to use this is a quilt block, you will be able to square it to exactly 8″.
10. Square up – you should have a block approximately 8” square.
11. Take one lining piece and sandwich one piece of the wadding between the block and the lining (right sides of fabrics facing out). Quilt the sandwich.
12. Cut out your appliqué and apply to the front block. Secure the appliqué using the method of your choice and decorate as much (or as little) as you want to.
13. Take the other lining piece and sandwich one piece of the wadding between the fabric you chose (or made) for the back and the lining (right sides of fabrics facing out). Quilt the sandwich.
14. Trim both pieces to size – so in this case, a rectangle 6” x 8”.
15. Bind the top edges of the front and the back pieces.
16. With right sides facing outwards, sew the front and back together using a narrow seam allowance, leaving the bound top edge open.
17. Bind the other three sides.
And there it is, all done.
Now my next dilemma is, what to design for my downloadable Easter pattern… I’m thinking about something less complicated for children to make… leave it with me and watch this space for more!