Now, my sister-in-law was quite specific about how she wanted it and it wasn't quilty! What?!? Not everyone wants their house quiltified? Nope! She wanted it plain and linen. Well, I guess I can oblige...
So here's what I came up with and below I'll share with you how I made it.
Main fabric, lining fabric and interlining (or fusible fleece) - 2 end pieces 10.5" x 14.25" and 1 body piece 17" x 37" of each.
Ribbon - 4 pieces approximately 15" each
All seam allowances are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
- Make template for curving top corners of end pieces. I started curving about 4" down from the top and ended the curve about 3" in from the side. Cut both top corners off all end pieces.
- Baste the interlining fabric (or fuse the fleece) to the back side of the main fabric 1/8" from the edge. The linen I was working with was difficult, so I cut the interlining to size and basted it to the linen before cutting it.
- Attach the ribbon pieces about 6.5" up from bottom of end pieces and secure ends so they stay away from the seams.
- With right sides together line up the end of one long side of the body piece with one side of an end piece. Backstitch at beginning. Backstitch over ribbon ends when you get to them. When you get to the curved part make sure your needle stops in the down position and carefully curve the straight edge of the body piece along the end piece, stopping to readjust the fabric as needed.
- At the end the body piece should be too long. Don't worry about this. Backstitch to secure end of seam.
- Cut off excess fabric from the body piece. Press seams toward body piece.
- Repeat step 4 with other end piece of the main fabric. The body piece should be the right length now.
- Repeat step 4-7 with the lining fabric pieces. Press seams toward end pieces.
- With right sides together pin main and lining pieces together along the bottom edge. Sew around the edge leaving a 4-5" opening for turning. (Optional: assemble with wrong sides facing and close up by binding the bottom edge.)
- Turn right side out, press and topstitch along bottom edge (this will also close the opening used for turning) 1/8" and 3/8" from bottom edge.
- Press and put to use!
There, one Christmas gift crossed of the list. So many more to go...
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