I'm making my 9-patches from scrappy off-whites and reds. Festive, huh?
You may think it's silly to write a tutorial for a 9-patch, but not everyone has made 9-patches. Here are some tips for making a perfect 9-patch.
Start with either 2½ squares or 2½ strips. I used strips for the center three squares and scrappy squares for the outside rows.
To press, first "set" the seam by pressing with the dark fabric on top.
Next, press the seams toward the dark (red). Be sure to press to the thread -- in other words, make sure there is no little fold over the seam.
Repeat for the second seam:
After pressing, I place a wooden cutting board over the strip set and wait for the fabric to cool. This ensure the strata is perfectly flat.
If you sewed strips, cross-cut into 2½" pieces. A fast way to cut is to start by making a clean cut at the left edge,using an 8½" ruler. Then cut a 7½" piece.
Next, move your ruler to the left and line up at the 5" mark. Make the second cut:
Move the ruler to the left again and line up at the 2½" mark. Make the third cut:
Repeat until the entire strata is cut.
I chain piece 2½" squares together rather than sewing off onto a scrap of fabric. By the end of a day of sewing, I have several blocks complete!
Try always to sew with the top seam aiming away from you. That way, your strata will always be lined up.
See that the vertical seams are pressed outward, and the horizontal seams are pressed inward.
Repeat daily to make 90 total 9-patch blocks!
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