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A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) – Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial

April 9, 2013
In: Sewing

Oomanoot | A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) - Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial

I love precuts. They’re like getting a selection of chocolates, each one tasty on it’s own, but together – a celebration of sweets! And, unlike eating all those chocolates, precuts don’t have a single calorie in them. Obviously, precuts are more expensive per-yard, but I wouldn’t buy that many yards of fabric… Instead, I get a large selection of various fabrics and get to enjoy all of the patterns (and solids).

For this project I used a charm pack from the Moda Lollipop Collection (42 5” pieces), I got it from Fabric.com, but it’s been a while and I’m not sure if it’s still available.

You’ll need 36 pieces for making 6 blocks, but don’t throw away the scraps! We’ll be using them for part 2 of this project – a matching tag blanket. We’ll also use 4 more pieces for the back of the tag blanket, but that’s not strictly necessary, you can use other fabric if you like (I often use minky).

Oomanoot | A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) - Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial | Moda Lollipops Charm Pack

Aren’t those colors great?

So, let’s get started!

Materials & Notions

  • 36 7cm (2.75″) square pieces of various fabrics. If you’re using a charm pack – that’s 36 pieces + left over scraps.
  • A small amount of interfacing (less then 1/4 yard/meter)
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Matching thread
  • Standard sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Choose your colors: Lay out your fabric pieces and arrange them in groups of 6. In the collection I used there were 6 color group, so I chose one of each color including one solid for each block. In addition, I made sure that there were no duplicate patterns (in a different color…) in the same block.

    When you’re happy with your arrangement, label the pieces or take a photo. You will forget how it was.

  2. Cut and prepare your pieces: For each block, cut 6 7cm (2.75″) squares of fabric, and 6 6.5cm (2.5″) squares of interfacing (36 of each total). We will be using 0.5cm (1/4″) seam allowances, so the interfacing is only slightly smaller than the fabric.

    Iron the interfacing on to the fabric pieces. Try to center them, so you can use them as a guide for sewing later on.

    Oomanoot | A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) - Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial
  3. Assemble: Take all 6 block pieces. Place two fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Sew along one edge, with a 0.5cm (1/4″) seam allowance (or using the interfacing as your guide). Open and iron seams flat. Continue attaching 2 more pieces the same way.

    When you reach the 5th and 6th piece, you will be attaching them to one of the middle pieces, making a cross shape (see image).

    Build: At this point, we will start making the block 3 dimensional. Fold over the cross diagonally (see diagonal line on piece 3 in image), so that piece 4 and piece 5 are on top of each other (right sides facing). Sew piece 4 &5 together on one side (marked with the same color in image). Repeat for pieces 4 &6, 6 &2, and 5 & 2.

    Now it gets a bit tricky… Making sure not to catch any of the other pieces when you sew, fold and line up one side of piece 1 with the top of piece 5. Sew together. Repeat with piece 1 & 6.

    Stuff.

    Hand sew shut.

That’s my daughter enjoying hers…

Oomanoot | A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) - Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial

Oomanoot | A Baby Gift that Works Like a Charm (Pack) - Part 1: Soft Blocks Tutorial

Enjoy!

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