I’m here today with the second of three projects I worked on while we were on our road trip. If I didn’t care about looking around at the places we were driving through I definitely could have made several more, but we passed through a lot of the country we hadn’t been to before. However, there are also miles of corn and canola fields between here and Virginia, so I was able to turn my sight-seeing eyes toward a little sewing and crafting.
I shared my braided t-shirt rug last week, and now I’m jumping into a handful of Christmas in July projects through the end of the month. Technically, this little mat also counts as fall sewing, because it’s reversible! If you’ve been looking for an English paper piecing project that doesn’t involve having to stitch until your fingers fall off making something large, this one is for you.
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To make this, you’ll need:
Print page 3 and 4 onto cardstock twice. You’ll need one of each page for each side of the mat. Pages 1 and 2 are just so you can see how it goes together. Cut the templates out very precisely, with sharp scissors.
Stitch the first two diamonds together. Make sure the red stars are together on the paper side, as shown in the diagram above.
Continue stitching diamonds until they’re all attached.
Stitch the final two together to create the star shape.
Stitch a triangle in between two diamonds, sewing it to both sides.
Continue adding triangles between the diamonds until the shape is finished.
Complete the same stitching process for the opposite side.
Here’s what they should both look like from the cardstock side.
Carefully remove the cardstock templates. If you use a glue pen (my favorite method), you’ll need to pull the edges up.
Press from the back, ironing down all the seams and pressing the outer edge out flat. Mine were much closer to 3D at that point, so I flipped them over, sprayed with some Best Press and pressed really well from the right side as well.
Use one of the pieces as a pattern to cut out a piece of fusible fleece. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side.
Pin the remaining piece to the fused piece with right sides together. Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2 1/2” open for turning.
Lightly clip the corners, not too close to the stitching. Turn right side out. Use care - remember much of this is sewn by hand, making it more fragile. Press, turning in the opening.
Top stitch all the way around, close to the edge. This would be a good place to use a decorative stitch if you’d like.
If it’s wavy at this point, like mine was, hit it with a steam iron and more Best Press. It should flatten out.
I keep imagining this holding a spicy candle, or a warm cup of cocoa. In July. Yeah. Thanks for playing along with me!
For more Christmas craft ideas, check out my friends at AllFreeHolidayCrafts!