Apr 28, 2010

My Way

finished klosjesI’m making some progress on my klosjes. 

This is my first attempt at a tutorial.  Its mostly for Kaaren who wondered how I made my pattern.  There may be better methods out there but this is how I figured it out and its working well for me.

finished size patternFirst I sketched my pattern on 1/4” graph paper.  (You can print some here).  Mine finish at 3 inches square.  I decided I wanted my center to be 1 1/4 inches.  I kind of pulled that out of a hat…it just looked good to me. 


I added seam allowance and cut the two main pieces out.  Then I cut a permanent pattern from template plastic. The final template includes the 1/4” seam allowance. 

tiny dots

Can you see the holes in the plastic?  I was puzzled about getting accurate seam lines and borders, so the way I chose to do it was to punch those holes in the template so I could mark the seam line and corners. 

With a fine marker, I trace the template on the wrong side of my fabric and mark dots through the holes for the stitching line.  Maybe you can see the teeny tiny dots on the fabric. 

Marking and cutting the fabric goes pretty quick for me this way. And when I sew the pieces together I just match and sew dot to dot… I figure I can hand sew a straight line freestyle for at least an inch.

klosje tin

And finally I put all the cut and ready pieces into this cute little tin that Teresa gave me for Christmas.  Thanks again Teresa, it is just perfect for this project.  I tuck it into my purse so I can keep my fingers occupied wherever I go. 

daisy name


Béa said...

It's exactly how I learn to make my templates & hand-sewn blocks when I begin quilting. It's the method I will use for the tiny blocks I will make around Kaaren's stitchery !

RG said...

Your Klosjes look really great Annette and your tute is very clear.
This is exactly the same I worked out and organised mine and it's working very well for me.
Mine are 3 1/2 unfinished.

Happy Klosjes-ing!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful way to do the block. But my favorite it how you packaged it for on the go! Love the tin idea!

Kaaren said...

It's me the dummy here!

Thank you so much, Annette. I kind of had it all figured out from your email but I wasn't sure. I'm new to all of this and being self taught, I rely on wonderful sharing gals like you to 'smarten' me up.

My goal for today is to cut out the templates and to see if I can get a start on some of these little babies. And I have the perfect box for them as well!

You're the greatest!

Thelma said...


Your tutorial is perfect, Thanks so much. I love your klosjes! And how you can carry them around with you is ideal!

nanaofnc said...

Just discovered your blog and am enjoying it so much! Love how organized your lovely fabric is! I want a little tin like this; wish Teresa sold them on Etsy or something. Bet she could sell quite a few. xo,

Unknown said...

You have such a pretty blog Annette! I have been watching this project attempted by s0 many bloggers~now you have given me a tutorial so Ii should give it a go....
So glad to have found you!

MARCIE said...

Very nice tutorial and your klosjes are adorable, as I may have mentioned.

Nanette Merrill said...

They are so tiny and cute. You do such a good job.

Sue-Anne said...

Fantastic tutorial Annette. This might seem like a dumb question, but how did you punch the little holes in your templastic? I have been dotting around the corners and then ruling a line to join the dots and then rule another 1/4 inch seam line - a lot of work to prepare one little piece. Your templates make it so much easier.

julieQ said...

I really love your hand stitched spools, they are just very special. Maybe next time I will try that method.

Vesuviusmama said...

The project in the tin in the purse, what a great idea!

Little Busy Bee said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Your Klosjes are so lovely. Having them handy to sew in that cute tin is a nice idea, Love the tiny pincushion!

Teresa said...

Great tutorial Annette. So good you can use the little tin for them. I always like to take something along with me as well.... just in case you get stuck some where waiting, waiting..... Thanks xx

Mel said...

GREAT tutorial!! I've seen these charming little blocks here and there in blogland - perhaps I'll make some!

If I do, I'll use your tutorial!

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