Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dresden Plate Mug Rug Tutorial

Dresden Plate Mug Rug Tutorial
Dresden Plate Mug Rug Tutorial
Finished size approx 8" x 10"


Supplies:
- (20) 2.5" squares (mini charm packs work great! You could make 2 mug rugs using 1 mini charm pack)
- (2) 9" x 11" rectangles for background and backing + binding
- 9" x 11" batting scrap (you may wish to use a larger piece of batting and backing)
- Templates (available HERE on google docs or HERE on Craftsy.)
- Basic sewing supplies
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*NOTE* Cut out your templates on the inside of the black line.

CUTTING:
Lay your wedge template on your 2.5" square (you can layer your squares with as many as you feel comfortable. I did 2 at a time). Using the edges of the template as a guide, place your ruler on the edge of the wedge and trim away excess fabric. Repeat on the other side. If using pieces of fabric larger than 2.5" cut away fabric above/below the template as well.
Repeat until you have cut all 20 wedges.
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MAKING Dresden Wedge Points:
Taking one wedge at a time, fold the fabric in half along the wider end, matching corner to corner, with fabric right sides together.
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Sew along that edge with a scant 1/4" seam allowance, using a smaller stitch length. (I set my stitch to 1.5 on my Viking. If you do not decrease your stitch length you will tear out your stitches when turning the wedges right side out. Yes I learned this the hard way.)
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I highly recommend you chain piece. The pieces are so small and it goes so quickly and saves so much thread.
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And then you can make your chain look all pretty like this:
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When cutting apart your chain, snip off the inside corner - but be careful not to get too close to your stitches. This photo is a lovely example of getting too close! Don't do it! Otherwise,you may end up with a hole in your point!
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Next turn the points outwards. It is helpful to have a pointy, but not sharp, tool to help you push out that little tip.
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Very lightly press your wedge in half. This line will act as a guide.
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Push the wedge open, lining your seam up with that center pressing line, then carefully press the point of the wedge in place. Repeat with all 20 wedges.
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PIECING the Dresden Plate:
Layout your wedges as desired.
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Match up two wedges so that their points are even - do a better job than I did making sure that the angles meet properly. =)  Sew together using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. You can use your typical stitch length at this point if you wish.
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I pieced mine into two arches, working my way around, and then completed the circle. It seemed more manageable than a floppy growing circle. And I pressed all of my seam allowances going the same direction.
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APPLIQUE/QUILTING:
I chose to do minimal quilting on my mug rug, so my applique stitches are also my quilting stitches.
I layered the quilt sandwich, using a light spritz of 505 basting spray, and then decided on the placement of the Dresden plate, also securing it in place with a little basting spray.
I appliqued the Dresden plate down using a larger stitch (3 on my machine) close to the edge of the points.
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To make my center circle I traced the circle onto freezer paper, cut out the circle and ironed it onto the back of my center fabric. Trim the fabric down to a 1/4" seam allowance around the freezer paper. I used a running stitch around the entire circle and then pulled the thread making the fabric hug the freezer paper and pressed it to make it hold its shape. Remove the freezer paper, this is easier while it's still warm from ironing, then press again to make sure the shape is right. I then appliqued it down by machine as I described above.
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Add more quilting if desired.
Trim your mug rug down to 8" x 10" and bind with your preferred method.
Untitled Untitled My first version of the Dresden plate mug rug was this lovely rainbow one I made for my partner in the UR Here Mug Swap.
Rainbow Dresden Mug Rug

{I'd love to see what you made with my tutorial! Upload a picture to my Flickr group!}

10 comments:

  1. I love it, perfect project for a rainy day.

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  2. Brilliant! Looks quite easy! Thank you.

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  3. i'm excited to start this. :)

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  4. i'm excited to start this. :)

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  5. great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. Great tutorial and thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. It's just awesome,and I love the way the mug fits onto the center. The "petals" still show up so beautifully even with the mug in position!

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  8. Does the wax paper need to be 1/4 inch smaller then the circle to get the fabric to wrap around the edge, to press the hem?

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  9. Simply Elegant & bless you for sharing this tutorial!

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