Dresden Fall Sunflower Table Mat Sewing Tutorial
Sew a festive fall Dresden Sunflower Table Mat in an evening—made with the Easy Dresden Ruler Template and triple-dyed Bali Batik Palettes Harvest fabrics by Benartex. Plus shop our Hello Fall Sale at ShopNZP!
We are illustrating our Dresden Table Mat with BaliBatik Harvest Fat Quarter Pack by Benartex.
Dresden Sunflower Table Mat Supplies
You’re the designer, choose your favorite fabrics to create the Dresden Sunflower Table Mat, Team NZP chose the following.
Prepare your fabrics! Pre-shrink fabrics by steaming and pressing. Then, stabilize fabrics for the sewing process by pressing and starching fabrics with Quilter’s Starch Savvy.
If you are not able to join us in person Thursday, October 5 2023, we invite you to follow along with our Dresden Fall Table Mat Sewing Tutorial below!
We are illustrating our Dresden Table Mat with BaliBatik Harvest Fat Quarter Pack by Benartex, inspired by the above photo of Nancy Zieman’s original Sunflower Table Mat.
- Choose six coordinating fabrics, five will be Dresden wedges, one will be for center circle.
- Cut 5-1/2″ Crosswise Fabric from five fabrics.
- Using the Easy Dresden Ruler Template cut four wedges from five fabrics of your choice.
- Cut a total of 20 wedges per complete Dresden circle.
- Fold wedges right sides together, stitch wedges 1/4″.
- Chain stitch wedges together.
- Using Clover’s “Quick Cut” Thread Cutter or scissors, clip threads between wedges.
- Using Clover’s Point 2 Point turner, turn points right sides out.
- Using Clover’s NEW! Hot Hemmer Square, align seam and diagonal marking, press.
- Repeat steps above with all wedges.
- With right sides together, stitch Dresden wedges.
- Continue to stitch wedges together.
- Five Dresden wedges will create one quarter of the Dresden circle.
- Press seams open or to one side.
- Use Tailor’s Clapper to set seam.
- Repeat steps above to create four quarters for the Dresden circle.
- Stitch top two assemblies together.
- Stitch bottom two assemblies together.
- Stitch top and bottom assemblies together.
Create Center Circle
- Cut a one 6-1/2″ square from coordinating fabric and Pellon’s ShirTailor Interfacing, right sides together, glue dots facing up.
We’re making a 6″ center circle.
- Using Clover’s 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and Frixion Pen create 6″ Circle.
- Stitch using a short stitch around circle.
When using a pinking blade, cut on the back side of cutting mat.
- Use a rotary pinking blade to remove excess fabric, approx. 1/4″ from stitching line.
- Remove the excess interfacing from within the circles, leaving approx.1″ of interfacing.
- Turn the interfacing to the wrong side.
- Use a Clover’s Point 2 Point Turner to smooth the curves.
- Using June Tailor’s Eze-View Pressing Cloth press ShirTailor Interfacing to wrong side of fabric.
- Center Dresden Sunflower.
- Using Clover’s 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, enter center circle onto sunflower assembly.
- Pin and edgestitch with coordinating or monofilament thread. Choose a straight stitch, blanket stitch, or other decorative stitch.
Team NZP chose Wool Felt for backing.
- Turn table mat wrong side up.
- Measure the diameter from valley to valley of matching wedge.
- Subtract an 1/8″ to 1/4″ from this measurement.
- Using Clover’s Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and Frixion Marking Pen, create backing circle on wool felt.
- Cut out backing circle.
- Pin or use fabric glue to hold backing in place.
- Place backing on wrong side of sunflower table mat.
- Hand stitch Wool Felt backing in place around the perimeter, catching finished points.
- Your Dresden Sunflower Table Mat is complete!
Dresden Sunflower Table Mat Supplies
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