1. Cut bias strips of contrast fabric for 5 yds. (for all 3 projects) of piping. Join strips together.
2. Make corded piping with the Simplicity Deluxe Bias and Piping Machine.
a. Piping and Binding Tip: To stitch two pieces of bias together, whether piping or binding, place right sides together with the point extended so the intersection of the 2 pieces is equal to the desired seam allowance.
b. Corded Piping Tip: It is difficult to cut piping the perfect width for cording. An uneven seam allowance will affect the outcome of the project. There is a wonderful tool designed especially for the purpose of trimming corded piping perfectly. It’s called the Piping Wizard. It has 3 sizes of grooves to accommodate different size cording and 2 different sizes of seam allowances—1/2" and 1/4". Use the Piping Wizard to trim the excess seam allowance fabric away from the corded piping to make the seam allowance a perfect 1/4" or 1/2", whichever is necessary for the project.
3. Cut and join strips of fabric 2-1/2" wide to make 5-1/2 yds. binding for the outer edges. Run strips through quilting tip and bias maker.
4. Cut two, 9" squares from each of the remaining 3 fabrics.
5. Save three, 9" squares for the backing. Cut remaining 3 squares into triangles.
6. Each set should be a different combination. Working with one set at a time, position corded piping on a short side of small triangle. Stitch in place. It is easier to stitch with a longer piece of piping extending on each end and trim later.
7. Position other small triangle on top. Move needle position closer to piping, but do not stitch into the cord.
8. Stitch the seam and flip the triangle to expose the 2 small triangles joined with the piping.
9. Move needle back to former position. Place piping along the longest edge. Stitch in place. Flip the triangle to expose the combined 3 triangles. Trim excess piping to seam allowance.
10. Sandwich batting between 9" square backing fabric and pieced square. Pieced square will be slightly smaller. Press layers together. Use decorative, quilting or all-purpose thread to stitch the layers together.
11. Trim edges to make an 8-1/2" square. Use template to trim the 3 corners rounded, one will remain square.
12. Beginning at the square corner and leaving a short tail of piping, stitch the corded piping to the pieced and quilted fabric square. Stretch the piping slightly at the curves. Stop about 3" from the corner.
13. Fold under raw edges and pin binding from the beginning of step 12. Align binding and continue stitching about 4" past the end to create the loop.
14. Trim short tail at the beginning of stitching. Fold binding over the edges of the square to the backside and stitch. Secure loop on the backside.
15. To make eyeglass case or cell phone holder, fold in half and stitch alongside and bottom outside edges.
Sill Level 2: Some Experience Necessary
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