Thursday, April 2, 2020

GMQG Retreat/Mini-Retreat Mystery Project 2.0 - Directions

Fabric TrayProject Finishes approx. 5" square.
(a pdf version of this pattern is also available here)

Fusible products are used in this project and it is very important to ALWAYS ENSURE that the fusible product is Glue Side Down on the WRONG side of the fabric!  Ironing surfaces can be ruined from the adhesive.  It is no fun removing fusible adhesive glue from irons!  Check twice, Fuse Once!

**Fusing Tip with Pellon Products:  I use a dry iron set to wool and either a spray water bottle and press cloth or a damp press cloth to fuse the interfacings/fleece to the cotton fabric.  Press from the fabric side first to fuse, then flip over and press from fusible side to ensure a good fuse.  Use the method that works best for you.**

Choose which fabric will be your Inner Fabric and which will be your Outer Fabric.  Both will be seen. 

Outer Fabric

Take the 9" square of Outer fabric and on the Wrong Side mark 2 inches from all 4 sides OR press a 2" fold on each side and open out.  This will form a 5" square in the center.

Set iron to Wool setting.

Center the 5" square of Peltex, GLUE SIDE DOWN on your drawn or pressed marking.

Carefully flip both over so fabric is Right Side Up and Peltex is still centered underneath.

Cover with a press cloth and spray lightly or use a damp press cloth.  Now press and fuse the Peltex to the Wrong Side of the Outer fabric.  It should take about 15-20 seconds per sections covered by the iron.  When cool, check that the Peltex has fused all around.

Place the 9" square of SF-101 (ShapeFlex) over the Peltex/Outer piece (no photo).  Make sure the SF-101 is lined up GLUE SIDE DOWN on the Wrong Side of the of the Peltex/Outer piece.  Cover with a press cloth and fuse using same method as before.

Inner Fabric

Check Fusible Twice, Fuse Once (No Photo)

Fuse Fusible Fleece to Wrong Side of Inner Fabric using same method as before.


Place both inner and outer pieces of fabric right sides together.
Leaving about a 5" opening centered on one side for turning, sew around all edges with a 1/2" seam allowance, back stitching at beginning and end.

Clip corners. Do not cut through the corners.

Turn right side out through opening.  Push out corners, using caution not to poke through the corner.  Tuck seam allowance at opening to inside and press unit flat.

Pin or clip seam allowance closed at opening, lengthen stitch, and use a contrasting thread color if desired to top stitch about 1/8" from edge.

Form bottom of tray by stitching a square along the edge of the Peltex. You can feel the edge of the Peltex and maybe even see the edge. Mark the stitching line if needed using a removable marker.


Form Corners of Tray

Pinch 2 sides together at one corner of the Peltex, matching the side edges, forming a triangle.

Mark a line from the corner of the Peltex to the edges of the tray.  Pin or clip the triangle together and sew on the line, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Sew slowly, you may want to lengthen your stitch.  Sew the other 3 corners the same way.  Clip threads or bury them if you choose.  Done!!  

Some options include:

  • Using the Quilt-As-You-Go technique onto cotton batting and eliminating the fusible fleece for the inside piece;
  • Fussy cutting a motif for the inside piece;
  • Securing the triangles with snaps, small pieces of Velcro, rivets, or hand sewing;
  • Trying alternate fabrics:  home dec, waxed canvas, oilcloth or laminated cotton.  Adjust interfacing to be sew in if needed, and press fabrics only if they can take the heat of an iron;
  • Adjust the size of the tray by varying the cut size of the fabrics.  Go rectangular!

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