Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Tutorial: Fabric Key Tray
Never fear! You can make a great key keeper / bon bon tray and still have time for a quick brush of your hair and a slick of lip stick before you meet them!
1. Sew the charm squares into a four patch. I quite like making this with two pairs placed diagonally, but I've made it with four separate fabrics too.
2. When you've sewn and pressed your 4 patch, place the wadding on it with the points of the wadding on the seams of the 4 patch.
Secure it with a little fusible spray or a couple of tacking stitches.
Sew along both short ends with a 1/4" seam.
Match the short seams in the middle and sew the long seam, leaving a gap in the middle of one of the patches (does that make sense? It's best that it isn't at one end of the seam and I prefer it not to go over where the other seams meet up).
You should have a padded 'hourglass' block.
6. Ladder stitch the opening closed using matching thread to try and keep it invisible.
Machine or hand quilting? It's entirely up to you. Machine quilting is quicker if you are short of time.....
Sew them together tightly and they should form neat corners.
Of course, if you don't want to use your sewing machine these are easy to make by hand. No more than 90 minutes from start to finish, unless you go mad with the quilting!
Many thanks to Lis from Piece'n'Peace for the original idea for how to make the block.
I hope that you enjoy making these little trays - plenty of time to get started and to make a pile before Christmas comes along!