Tuesday, 15 April 2014

DIY Easy Mini Half Square Triangles

half square triangles diy

I'm currently taking a bit of a break from working on my quilt to try out other sewing projects (hopefully more on those soon!) however today I thought I would go back to the patchwork and share this quick tutorial for some mini 'half square' triangles which I never got around to writing up.

If you're looking to try out a patchwork design featuring triangles this is a great way to make this sometimes tricky shape without having to accurately cut them out individually. The finished patchwork squares can be arranged in various different ways to create lots of pretty patterns including chevrons and windmills.

You will need: various fabrics of your choice (at least two different fabrics), a rotary cutter & mat/scissors, a ruler, a sewing machine & a fabric pen (I used a Pilot FriXion which is erasable using an iron)

Sidenote: Yes, I did photograph this tutorial recently & yes, that is Halloween fabric...!

half sqaure traingles tutorial

1. The first step is to prepare your chosen fabrics. Carefully cut them into 2" squares

half sqaure traingles tutorial

2. Once you have all of your triangles cut to size, pair them up ready for sewing. Use your ruler and a fabric pen to draw a line down the centre, from corner to corner

half sqaure traingles tutorial

3. Line up the centre with the edge of your sewing machine foot and stitch a straight line 1/4" away

half sqaure traingles tutorial

4. Flip the squares around and do the same thing on the side of the centre line, so you're left with something that looks a little like this...

half sqaure triangles tutorial

5. Repeat these steps to stitch together all of your pairs of squares, then move away from your sewing machine back to the cutting mat

half sqaure triangles tutorial

6. Use your rotary cutter or scissors to cut along the central line you drew earlier, leaving you with two triangle shapes

half sqaure triangles tutorial

7. Trim off the corners of your triangles (as shown above) so that they will sit flat once you open them out. You can also check at this point that all of the edges line up, and trim off any excess if they do not

half sqaure triangles tutorial

8. Open out the triangles to reveal your new patchwork squares!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hash tag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!
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