Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Harlequin Hearts Bunting Free Tutorial Using the Cricut Maker




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Hey Everyone,

I hope you have been having an amazing January. It is almost time for Galentines day so I thought I would make this for you my favorite Gals and Guys... I am still loving my Cricut Maker, as a matter of fact I no longer want to cut fabric any other way. It is so nice to just let it cut while I do something else I never take the machine off my table anymore. If I need to cut yardage for the shop I just scoot it to the side. I made this video to show how easy it is to cut squares and rectangles and mark half square triangles in the Design Space software hope you enjoy... then you can get on to making the project. All of the cutting is set up for you if you have the Maker but I put in the regular cutting instructions too. This post is part of a blog hop to showcase the Maker please see the end of the post for a list of other bloggers to visit.



(Printable PDF)
Fabric:

2 – Fat Quarters light fabrics (represented by the text fabrics in my example)
2 – Pink or Red Fabrics one Fat Quarter each (Heart fabrics)
2 – Pink or Red Fabrics 7” square each (Harlequin)
3 – Aqua Teal Fabrics 7” square each (Backgrounds)
1/3 yd of backing fabric
1/3 yd for tie

Or
Scraps of your favorite colors (there are coloring sheets at the end of the tutorial PDF)

Here is the link to the cutting files on Cricut Design Space to utilize these you will need the Cricut Maker (click the image to a link for the product)
Cricut Maker Machine 
with a Rotary Blade and the washable fabric pen.

When cutting the light colored fabrics make sure to place on mat with wrong side facing up so the pen can mark the back of the fabric.
Here is a picture of my maker cutting the fabric with my cell phone... I love that there is a ledge to hold your tech device.


Cutting (for those without the Maker)

From the Light Fabrics:
10 – 2 ¾” by 4” rectangles
            Subcut 5 diagonally from right to left, and 5 diagonally from left to right
8 – 1 ½” squares
8 – 1” squares

From Each Heart Fabric
2 – 2 ¾” by 4” Rectangles
            Subcut Diagonally from one color left to right, from the second color from   
            right to left
4 – 2 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles

From each Pink and Red Fabric 7”
2 – 2 ¾ by 4” Rectangles
            Subcut from bottom left to top right diagonally

From each Aqua Teal Fabric 7”
2 – 2 3/4” by 4” rectangles
            Subcut all but one from bottom right to top left, the last one cut diagonally
           from bottom left to top right

From Backing Fabric
8 – 4 ½” by 6 ½” rectangles

From Tie fabric
2 – 2 ½” by Width of Fabric strips

Mark:

Mark a diagonal line on the back of each of the 1 ½” and 1” light colored squares

**All seams are ¼” unless otherwise noted



Instructions:
1.     Layout each of your heart blocks in stacks so that you can chain piece them as pictured. With the 2 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles on top and diagonal pieces on bottom.


2.      On each top piece of the heart place your light colored 1 ½” and 1” squares with right sides together as shown.


3.      Sew on the lines.


4.      Trim the corners and press toward the darker fabric.

5.      Sew the diagonal pieces together by placing them right sides together and offsetting the corners by ¼”. Press toward the darker fabric. Trim to 2 ½” by 3 ½”.


6.      Piece the 4 rectangles together to form the heart blocks (4 ½” by 6 ½”).


7.      Layout your harlequin blocks in stacks so that you can chain piece them. Piece them the same way you did in step 5.



8.      Trim to 2 ½” by 3 ½”



9.      Piece the four rectangles together to form your blocks.



10.  Place each block right sides together with a backing rectangle.


11.  Sew from top left down the left side across the bottom and up the right side pivoting at corners and back stitching at each end, as indicated by the red lines in this photo.


12.  Trim bottom corners diagonally to reduce bulk.


13.  Turn out with a turning tool of some kind… I used the scoring tool from my Cricut. Press well.



Phew! It’s all downhill from here!! I do not know why I get such a kick out of watching this but I do... the Maker cutting the tie fabric for the bunting...



14.  Piece the ends of your ties together. Offsetting the diagonals as you did with the blocks. Fold the strips in half long way and press. Then fold in each side to meet at the pressed line.



15.  Fold once again at the center and press.



16.  Fold the ends at a 45 degree angle to make a neat edge. Press Well.


17.  Find the center of the tie and pin a harlequin block there between the two folded edges of the tie.


18.  Measure to each side approximately 2” and place a heart block.


19.  Repeat alternating the harlequins and the hearts. I used 7 of my 8 blocks so that there would be a center.



20.  Top Stitch close to the edge of the tie catching in the blocks and making sure to catch the back edge of the tie. Back stitch at each end.  Just go slow 😊


Ta Da! You are done.



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2 comments:

  1. Did you use a 12x24 mat for the cricut? Design space is saying that I need that size.

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    1. Yes, I did use the 12 x 24 mat for cutting the tie fabric. If you plan on cutting fabric often you will likely want one that size anyway. I think everything but the tie fabric can be cut with the 12 x 12 mat though if you want to just cut the strips with a rotary cutter.

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