Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wonky Braid Tutorial

Happy Halloween!!! 
It's been a while!!!  Sorry about that, peeps!!  I thought I'd make it up by doing a tutorial!  Sound good?  Okay!  Let's let started. 

I call this a Wonky Braid Block. If you know me, you'll know that strings are "my thing". I also love a scrappy look so this block is pretty much screams..  ME. 

Grab some strips.
I cut mine around 1.75" - 2.25" wide. 
You'll need a few small triangle pieces too. 

We'll be foundation piecing and using paper as a guide.
I use market flyers or wrapping paper because they're easy to tear off at the end. 

Cut your paper about an inch wider - around 13.5" and leave about 1/4" on the bottom.
So your paper should be 12.75" x 13.5". It doesn't have to be accurate. 

Now cut a slant like I did. 

Place triangle scraps on the wider end of each piece. 

Use a pin to keep it in place. 

Grab a strip and sew it together. Make sure it covers the paper part.

Finger press it open. 

Grab another strip of the same color, and sew it together. 

You'll have edges that are not straight so fold your paper back and trim off the excess. 

Finger press open. 


Until you've covered the paper. 

Flip over, trim it using your paper as a guide. 
Then, tear off the paper and give it a good press.
Using starch is a good idea but not necessary.
Do the same for the other piece. 

Here's what your block should look like so far. 

Now sew the 2 pieces together.  Give it a good press and trim the block down to 12.5".  

That's it!  You're done!!!  

Have fun!!!  :)