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Circles Squared

Stitch circles into squares

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Circles Squared

  1. 1. Circles Squared A AngelaB.me Stitch circles into squares.
  2. 2. Circles Squared Circles sewn together to form squares. Make tons of projects with this technique: a table runner, coasters, and more! Leave the edges unfinished fray is okay! BONUS: this reversible project looks good on both sides. Get some fabric, choose your favorite decorative stitch, and have fun sewing! Tools Materials circle template (such as a coffee pre-washed fabric (flannel, fleece, can lid) denim, or cotton) square template (sized so that coordinating thread four corners align on the circle) marking pen or chalk scissors sewing machine iron & ironing board pins A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 2 of 9
  3. 3. Circles Squared Projects You can make so many things with this technique! Use this worksheet to track template sizes, layout, finished sizes, fabric requirements & cut circles Template Sizes: Circle: 6 3/8” Square: 4 1/2” Layout & Finished Size Circles layout: 3 x 9 Table runner Finished size: 13” x 38” Circles layout: 3 x 4 Placemat Finished size: 13” x 17” Circles layout: 1 x 1 Coaster Quilt _____________ _____________ A Finished size: 4.25” x 4.25” Circles layout: _______ Finished size: ___________ Circles layout: _______ Finished size: ___________ Circles layout: _______ Finished size: ___________ AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman Background Fabric (white) 42” wide Foreground Fabric (colored) 42” wide Fabric required: 1 1/2 yards Fabric required: 1 1/2 yards Cut circles: 27 Cut circles: 27 Fabric required: 3/4 yard Fabric required: 3/4 yard Cut circles: 12 Cut circles: 12 Fabric required: scraps Fabric required: scraps Cut circles: 1 Cut circles: 1 Fabric required: _______ Fabric required: _______ Cut circles: ___ Cut circles: ___ Fabric required: _______ Fabric required: _______ Cut circles: ___ Cut circles: ___ Fabric required: _______ Fabric required: _______ Cut circles: ___ Cut circles: ___ For personal use only Page 3 of 9
  4. 4. 1. Determine how many background (white) circles and foreground (colored) circles are needed for the project, using the worksheet on the previous page. 2. Trace circles onto fabric, using the circle template. I like using a coffee can lid (6 3/8” diameter). 3. Place a couple pins inside each circle, to prevent the fabric from shifting. 4. Cut out the circles. Remove pins. A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 4 of 9
  5. 5. 5. Trace a square onto the right side of the white circles, using the square template. I like using a 4 1/2” square quilting ruler and a disappearing marker. 6. Place a white and a colored circle wrong sides together. Repeat for another set of two circles. 7. Layer these two sets so that the colored circles’ right sides are together, aligning the drawn lines. Pin in place above one of the lines. 8. Stitch along one drawn line, backstitching at each end. A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 5 of 9
  6. 6. 9. Place another white and colored circle wrong sides together. Layer and stitch this third circle set to the set you just made in the same manner, forming a row of three circles. 10. Finger-press the seams open. 11. Repeat steps 6 - 10 to make another row. 12. Layer the two rows so that the colored circles’ right sides are together, aligning the seams and the outside edges. Pin the top edge in place. A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 6 of 9
  7. 7. 13. Stitch slightly inside the top drawn lines, backstitching at each end. This will ensure crisp intersections with less fraying where the seams meet. 14. Finger-press the seams open. Looks good, huh?! 15. Continue making and adding rows until you have the desired size. Have fun randomly arranging color placement! 16. Fold in the outside edges a little deeper than the drawn lines. This will ensure crisp intersections with less fraying where the seams meet. Press well. A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 7 of 9
  8. 8. 17. Pin the outside edges in place. 18. Stitch the outside pinned edges with a decorative stitch, close to the raw edges. Begin at one corner and continue in a scalloping fashion all the way around the piece. 19. Stitch the interior edges down with a decorative stitch in the same manner. Press well. You’re done! 20. Take a look at the underside. Looks good! It’s reversible! A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 8 of 9
  9. 9. 21. To make coasters, cut a white and a colored circle, draw a square on the white circle, layer squares wrong sides together, fold in the sides along the drawn lines, and pin in place. 22. Stitch the edges with a decorative stitch, close to the raw edges all the way around the piece. Link up your project online! Visit www.angelab.me/projects The Possibilities! Try different layouts to assemble a table runner, coasters, placemats, quilts, and more. Use flannel prints instead of solids for a different look. This would be a great project for upcycling flannel shirts! A AngelaB.me © 2013 Angela Bowman For personal use only Page 9 of 9

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