Making gifts for the holidays especially for the guys in your life is sometimes a difficult task. Today, we’ll begin a sew-along to make a very fast tablet cover/carrier that will finish in just three installments. The cutting and making the half-square triangles will begin today, using a different method – Moda Cake Mix Recipe papers. Some of today’s links are affiliates.
The tablet cover fits DH’s Lenovo Tablet. He reads news stories and surfs the internet on this, and one of these days I’ll get him a newspaper subscription for it as the local paper won’t deliver to our home. It is a great gift idea for a special person to start holiday shopping, not as expensive as others. The case fits it just right, with nice quilting for padding, easy enough to do on a DSM.
This was my first time to use these papers from Moda for making HSTs and I have to say I am a total fan! This was quicker and easier than any other method, and turned out perfect 2-1/2-inch HSTs with very little cutting, and no squaring up needed.
You’ll need two cake layers the same print for background, one medium and one dark cake layer print that coordinate. In addition you’ll need three more for lining, and 2 additional (if you want to use them) for binding. Additional supplies, Moda Cake Mix papers set #3, I got mine at Fat Quarter Shop. There are a lot more papers than you will use for this project, but trust me, you’ll like them so much that you will be happy you got them. If you don’t have them, just make HSTs the usual way – you’ll need 16 of each medium-background and dark-background, all 2-1/2 inch unfinished size.
Put one background cake layer and the dark cake layer right sides together. Lay the Cake Mix on top and pin in a few places. Be careful not to pin over any lines.
Begin sewing at the ‘start’ line.
Sew following the direction of the little arrows on the lines.
Little numbers on the lines tell you the order of sewing. On some stitching lines, the lines extend off the grid and turn so you can just follow around instead of pivoting.
Pivot where indicated and continue sewing on the line.
There are two sewing lines that will mean only two starts and stops. Mostly, this is continuous sewing, fast!
When the lines are all sewn, take the piece to the cutting table and cut off the edges on the lines.
Then cut on the solid lines between the lines of stitching to create the HSTs.
Carefully tear away the paper, it will tear easily as the sewing line perforates the paper. Press your half square triangles towards the darker side.
Repeat with the medium and background cake layers to make more HSTs. The papers make 18, you’ll need 16 for the project. It is up to you whether or not to trim the corners. I did some, as I needed to, but not all. However, trimming them all would reduce bulk in the corners.
Today’s giveaway is a Moda Fat Eighth bundle of Thistle Farm by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles! There are several ways to earn entries, the more you do the more entries you get! See all the Moda Fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop.
If you’d like to sew along, but you don’t want to make a pieced block, just fussy cut two 8-1/2-inch squares of a pretty print, and continue with the sew along next week.
Have you ever used the Moda Cake Recipes to make HSTs?
PS – A note to my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!