|Coffee cup patchwork|
This is the finished coffee cup patchwork. I was trying it out as a potential workshop idea, but I’m not sure I will develop it as such, much as I enjoyed making it. Although the idea is simple, it is rather complicated and time consuming, which doesn’t lend itself to a one-day class, especially as there is lots of hand stitching. Despite that, I’m really pleased with the results. So I thought I’d share the process with you.
|Initial drawing made on phone whilst the kids had a swimming lesson|
I took a disposable paper coffee cup and ran string in a spiral down it and marked the line.
Cutting along the line gives you a long strip, which I then marked out into triangles. Each triangle was then numbered and I reconstructed the cup to see mark where they touched each other.
The triangles were cut out and I felt-tipped the edges black so they would be easier to see when I copied them. I stuck them onto sheets of paper using little blobs of masking tape on the back.
I enlarged them on my photocopier to 400% and then used these pieces as templates. I cut matching pieces in thick paper and medium weight sew-in Vilene. I made sure I numbered all of these! Then one at a time, I cut fabric about 1/4in bigger all around for the seam allowance. I decided not to worry about being too precise in this.
|Joining the first two pieces. I actually started with numbers 9 & 10, because they were less fiddly than 1 & 2|
Each fabric piece was then tacked onto the thick paper, with the nice side showing and the Vilene sandwiched out of sight in-between. I then overstitched it to its neighbour, creating a long snake of patchwork – there were 38 pieces in all.
Once the snake was complete, I made the bottom piece the same way and started over-stitching the snake to the bottom, keeping an eye that my numbering was still in order.
|Stitching the snake to the base|
The finished ‘cup’ is surprisingly sturdy and I like the homey look of seeing all the stitching, including the tacking. Do you like seeing the stitching or would you prefer it to be hidden?