I was working on a Somerset Star the other day and was playing around with the pretty points arranging them in different layouts when I thought they looked rather cute arranged in a line. A few minutes later I was already working on one of my fabric envelopes using this Prairie Points Panel. I felt like sharing this super easy and fun idea with you all that you can use it in different project as a focus element using all sorts of pretty scraps. OK, let's get started!
- Cotton in various prints for the 9 prairie points measuring 2.5" x 1.5"
- Piece of linen or cotton for the base measuring 7" x 1.5"
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Hot iron
1. Make the prairie points. Please take your time to fold and press the fabric pieces accurately. It will help your points look neat and even.
Press the fabric for the prairie points and cut into small pieces measuring 2.5" x 1.5" (three of each print). Fold in half lengthwise and press well with a hot iron. Fold in half and press with your fingers to mark the middle. Unfold and then fold the right edge to the middle forming the point. Press with your fingers. Fold the left edge to the middle forming the prairie point and press well with a hot iron. Continue with the rest of the pieces.
2. Mark the centre of the linen/cotton base piece horizontally and mark 1" from the right edge.
3. Take your points and mark each 1/4" from the tip.
4. Assemble the panel. Place the first point with the tip right at the mark on the base piece making sure that the centre of the point and the middle of the base piece are aligned. Carefully pin just above the mark on the point without pulling apart the sides of the point. Place the next point at the mark on the first point, align the middle and pin. Continue with the rest of the points.
5. Now be very patient. Start stitching at the wide end of the points (from the last point you pinned) making sure to stitching in the gap and aligning the prairie points if needed. Do not rush, take your time here. Remove pins as you go before you stitch. Stitch all the way to the first point and stop just a few millimetres before the tip of the very first point. Cut the thread off leaving long ends.
6. Pull the threads out on the wrong side of the panel and tie a couple of knots, cut off the threads. Now straighten up the points and trim if necessary to 1.5" width. Press well.
Your panel is ready. Stitch a piece of matching linen/cotton base fabric above and below the panel with a 1/4" seam allowance of required length and use it as you please. Happy sewing! If you have any questions, please free to leave a comment here or send me an email, or contact me on Instagram. Larisa xox