Thursday, January 19, 2017

Korean patchwork bojagi - tutorial

When Marian from Seamstobesew asked me to participate in her blog hop "A Fresh Snow Hop"and show sewing with non cotton fabrics I was absolutely sure what to share with you .
This is totally different from traditional quilt - first because of fabrics and second - because of specific way of constructing the finished item.

Have you ever heard about pojagi - the Korean patchwork?
It is also known as bojagi.
When I have seen a curtain made this technique I felt in love.
I have sewn a similar curtain six years ago. The fabrics I used then was not transparent, but there is a lamp behind the curtain so the effect was the same.
Now I tried sewing pojagi with different fabrics and I am  satisfied with the result too much.

All you need is transparent fabrics. As a real quilter you have to have a lot of patience.

You might read some tutorials after Google searching or read my step by step detailed instructions.

Here is the fabric. It is fine linen specially for curtain. The good news is that both sides are the same.

Get two pieces. You have to stitch them by "french seam" - no face, no backside for the finished item.

 Before stitching them see how to place proper- with a little gap - about 1/3 inch.

In traditional piecing if you work with 1/4 inch seam allowances you need 1/2 inch extra fabric when stitch together two pieces.

It is good to know that here you must provide ONE INCH extra fabric - 1/3 inch from first fabric and 2/3 inch from second fabric.

After stitching iron as shown. First towards one side and then to make an auxiliary fold on the back.

 Now the next stitching is very easy.

 Finished look of this stage,

Keep in mind that now both side are different - one seam on the first and two seams on another.
Use different threads if want to increase the effect.
Here we don't have a quilting so contrasting thread is quite welcome.
Be brave to experiment.

 Repeat the same way with other pieces no matter the size and color. Trim the exceed if needed.

Good luck!

Don't forget to visit future participants, here is the schedule:

Jan 20
Jan 23
Jan 24
Jan 25

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First post for 2017

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! 
Let your reasonable dreams come true!

I wish to me to have more time to write here, because I make interesting thing, but sometimes have no time to describe them and the pictures still stay in my disk.

Have a good health, good luck and chance in 2017!


 This is my Christmas present. I made a mini patchwork and the smallest pincushion ever.