Welcome to the tutorial week of the Finish-A-Long!
If you haven't already, check out the other posts by the lovely ladies of the Finish-A-Long!
- March 27 - Abigail of Cut & Alter
- March 28 - Sandra of Sew of Course
- March 29 - Judith of Just Jude Designs
- March 30 - Marci of Marci Girl Designs
I decided my tutorial would make use of the many charm squares I have *ahem* hoarded over the years.
My Tutorial: A Polaroid Mug Rug/Snack Mat
I've liked the Polaroid blocks I've seen up and about the internet. (I know there was a swap of them a while back.) I don't have a plan to make a quilt of them immediately, but I have some cool charm squares from a fussy cut charm swap.
I wanted to use a couple of them to make something I could use every day.
Mug rug/snack mat it is!
I took the tutorial on making the tiny versions and amped it up for a bigger size. (Aside: Karen over at Capitola Quilter is AWESOME, and I have been lucky enough to meet her in real life.)
For each mug rug, I used a 5 in charm square, 2 strips of white Kona measuring 2 in by 5 in, 1 strip of white Kona measuring 2 in by 8 in, and 1 strip of Kona measuring 3 in by 8 in. I also used a piece of batting, approximately 9 in by 10 in. For the back, I used some Kona charcoal, a piece about 8.5 by 7 in.
First sew the side strips on.
Then sew the top and bottom strips on. (If at this point, you want to make a GIANT polaroid block, just add some darker sashing to make the polaroid "pop" out.)
I attached the batting by sewing around the "picture" part of the Polaroid.
I sewed the back on (by placing right sides together and sewing around it, leaving a 2 in opening for turning) with a 1/2 in seam. Hint: Don't do what I did and leave the opening on a corner. Your corners will look better if you leave the 2 in opening in the top or the bottom middle instead.
Clip the corners, turn inside out, and press.
Then sew a 1/8" topstitch and you're done!
I hope you liked the tutorial! I will probably make a mondo polaroid block quilt at some point, since I can't bear to have all my 5" fussy cut charms live in a box forever. *cough* hoarder *cough*
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