Getting started with patchwork – Sewing Basics

Patchwork was one of my first crafts, I used to love helping a lovely friend of my Mum’s who made and sold beautiful hand stitched woodland animals, cushions and quilts around local craft fairs. She gave me a beautiful vintage tin, needles and thread (which I still treasure), then let me rummage through her tea chest of offcuts! Having shown me the basics I made my first cushion.

What we used

Old cereal boxes or card of a similar thickness
Fabric offcuts

What we did

  1. First you need to cut out some squares from the cereal boxes. They can be any size you wish, we are using 8cm squares here. The number of squares you need depends on the size of your project. 20- 30 should be enough to get you started.patchwork - sewing basics
  2.  Next cut out our fabric squares these need to be at least 3cm larger to allow 1.5cm overlap each side. Our fabric squares are cut to 11cm, you can often buy off cuts of fabric already cut into squares.patchwork - sewing basics
  3. Fold and pin the fabric around your cardboard squares, fold the corner in first and then fold in the sides.
    patchwork - sewing basics
  4. Pin all four corners, prepare several of these before you start sewing.patchwork - sewing basics
  5. Place two of the fabric covered cardboard squares together with the pinned sides facing out.patchwork - sewing basics
  6. Over stitch the pieces together along one side.patchwork - sewing basics
  7. Take another fabric covered square and place it along another side of what will be your centre square and over sew.patchwork - sewing basics
  8. Repeat until all four sides of your square have an additional piece attached. The cardboard can now be removed from the centre square.patchwork - sewing basics
  9. Continue adding more squares working around your centre square. Make sure you sew right up to the very edge of the card. I recommend adding a cross stitch where the corners meet.patchwork - sewing basics


About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!

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