Sweetgum Topper Tutorial

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Fall is in the air and the leaves are making their annual dance to the ground. Decorate your Thanksgiving table with colors of fall with these colorful Sweetgum leaves. The paper pieced leaves on a cozy wool background set a festive mood.

 

Fabric Requirements:

20″ x 20″ square of wool

Scraps for the Sweetgum Leaves

Print outs of foundation patterns for five leaves

 

step1

Collect scraps or cut pieces larger than you need for each patch.

 

step2b
Place the first patch, G, on the unprinted side of the pattern. Lay the first T piece on top, right sides together. Eyeball a 1/4″ overlap. Pin in place from the paper side.

 

step2
Here’s what it looks like from the front.

 

step2c
Once pinned, flip the T piece over to be sure it will cover the desired area.

 

step3
Sew along the T line for the pinned corner. Be sure to shorten the stitch length.

 

step3b
Here it is all stitched up. First seam done!

 

step5
Fold back the paper portion of the corner.

 

step5b
Measure a 1/4″ seam allowance from the stitch line (folded paper edge).

 

step5c
Trim away the extra fabric leaving the 1/4″ seam allowance behind.

 

step6
All trimmed front view.

 

step-6b
Press the T piece in place.

 

step7
Repeat the process for the T piece on the opposite side.

 

step8
Repeat for the remaining two T pieces.

 

step8b
Here is the view from the back with all the T pieces completed and pressed.

 

step9
Measuring a 1/4″ from the printed black outer lines, trim the sides.

 

step9b
Measure a 1/4″ seam allowance from the printed outer lines, trim the top and bottom.

 

step9c
All trimmed!

 

leaf-components
Matching the printed black outer lines, sew the three middle units together, remove their paper. Then add the top and bottom of the Sweetgum leaf and remove the remaining paper.

 

leaf-trimmed
Trim off the outer edge 1/4″ seam allowances so the leaf is its finished size. All done!

 

layout
Layout the leaves and pin or spray baste in place. Straight stitch along the edge of each leaf.

 

trim
Trim around the outside of the leaves leaving a as much wool showing as desired.

 

final

 

A special thank you to Emily Cross for designing and creating this beautiful topper!

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Susan MacLeod

nice! Thank you

Lisa

Excellent tutorial on not only how to paper piece, but to paper piece a great hanging that could work for every season!