Patchwork sewing techniques

Patchwork sewing techniques

In the ancient manuscripts of the XI century, the descriptions of this type of needlework, as the connection of the material of the material (fabric) in one canvas. It was called Patchwork and is currently very popular. However, pieces of matter not only connect together – they are often attached to paper. About this technique of patchwork sewing and will be discussed in this article.

History of origin

Motherland of this technique is considered to be. But over time she has spread to other territories. So, stitched flap products began to conquer interest in Europe and America.

According to some sources, the occurrence of such a kind of needlework dates back to 980 a year before our era. In Egypt, the products found were similar to the applique of skin fragments and fur, just like the northern peoples. All this reminds modern techniques for crossing flasks of fabric – Patchwork. The name consists of a Patch (patchwork, flap, a piece of fabric of an indefinite form) and work (work).

Causes of this type of needlework – poverty and poverty. I had to cut one-piece slices from the remnants and sew clothes from them, create new, merged things.

Increased demand for this flap sewing technique arose in crisis periods. Over time, such creativity has passed to a higher level. Master began to draw up patterns, mosaics and even drawings on the fabric. Improved methods for collecting products from flap. One of them – Sewing on paper.

What you need?

Tools will be needed: Sewing machine, pieces or trimming of various fabrics, scissors, fastening needles, cutting knife with disc shift blade, ruler, surface (mat) for cutting and paper.

Initially, you need to imagine what product you want to make. It can be blanket, plaid, pillowcase for decorative pillow, curtains on a window or tapestry on the wall, cosmetic bag, bag and many more different options. For each you can find a whole master class.


Consider the process of patchwork sewing on paper in more detail.

First you need to make a block template. Prepare paper in the form of a square with a drawing. Standard block size – 25 by 25 cm. The scheme (drawing) can be drawn by yourself or find the finished sample on the Internet. Paper should be thin, but durable, so as not to be broken in the process of stitching parts. Along the edges of the block on paper, add 1-1.5 cm edges. From standards can be returned at its discretion – depending on the drawing and size.

Now take Suitable flap of matter and cut out the size of each drawing section on paper, In this case, add the edge part to crosslink. Parts of matter Fix with needles to a paper template alternately and start crossing one detail. Start better from one corner and finish on the opposite.

First Loskut We assign on a paper pattern face up, fixing needles, add a second flap To the border edge of the front side to the first, also secure needles, turn over and sew one edge of two parts from the paper side. Deploy the product, flexing the second part, Apply the third to it, Turn again the front side to the deployed part and attach the needle, we turn, sew on the paper side.

Return back, on the starting position, and continue step by step, connect the unit in this way to the last Loskutka according to the scheme. Preferably after each connection to fly place. In this way, we make the required number of blocks, then sew them with each other and get a web for the desired product.

From the available prices you can create both simple drawings and complex ornaments, even images of objects, animals and birds, but it already comes with improving the skill and level of complexity of work.

In the English technique, paper templates of different shapes and sizes are used, but the most common one – hexagon. In this case, the template must be out of more tight paper. In this technique, the paper template is a separate part and is made manually from all sides. Thus The trimmed patterns are obtained, the compound of which occurs along the wrong side to crosslinking parts through the edge. The template is removed from the finished design after the assembly.

Beautiful examples

Very beautiful and uncomplicated way you can decorate a block of volumetric patterns.

For example, Flowers. Weave is suitable red, white or yellow. It needs to be smoothed before making a tape. To begin with, we sew a long strip of matter on the wrong side – the ribbon will be. Soak on the front and fix in the middle of the block direct machine seam. Then we make a bend by 90 degrees and stitch more. The free part of the ribbon is directed towards the center of the rose, and it is flashing outside. Thus, petals are obtained with circular bends. Next, you can hide the seam of some lace ribbon, braid or insert such a decoration already during the creation of the block. In this case, the block will be sewn from the middle of the scheme.

With this simple description, we got acquainted with an interesting way to manufacture unique fabric products. In the modern world of fashion, the method in the style of Patchworks often use. Different types of details are stitched in this way, inserts of different colors are used.

The technique of patchwork sewing on paper is presented in video.

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