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Log Cabin T-shirt (Foundation Piecing)

Log Cabin T-shirt

Materials Needed:

T-shirt
7 different colors of fat eights or scrap fabric
Lightweight fusible webbing
Thread
Light table or window
Pencil
Rotary cutter
Ruler
Sewing machine
Scissors
Pins
Iron
Tear away stabilizer (optional)


Preparation:

Log Cabin Pattern Color Layout
Color layout

Print out pattern to printer. Place paper pattern face down on light box. With a pencil, trace the lines of the pattern onto the back of the paper and number each rectangle. Note: A lighter weight printer paper works best.

Cut one fabric piece of each:

Fabric piece/
paper shape
number
Fabric size to cut Fabric color
#1
1 3/8” x 1 3/8” Red
#2 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” Light brown
#3 1 3/8” x 2 1/8” Light brown
#4 1 3/8” x 2 1/8” Light green
#5 1 3/8” x 2 7/8” Light green
#6 1 3/8” x 2 7/8” Medium brown
#7 1 3/8” x 3 3/4” Medium brown
#8 1 3/8” x 3 3/4” Medium green
#9 1 3/8” x 4 1/2” Medium green
#10 1 3/8” x 4 1/2” Dark brown
#11 1 3/8” x 5 1/4” Dark brown
#12 1 3/8” x 5 1/4” Dark green
#13 1 3/8” x 6” Dark green

A few tips before starting:

Set sewing machine stitch length to 15 stitches per inch.
Start sewing a few stitches before the intersecting lines and a few stitches after the end of the intersecting lines.
Remove pins as you go or reposition to avoid running over them while you are sewing.
Extend the fabric edge over the pattern lines, you will be sewing a 1/4” to allow for seam allowance.
Fabric pieces are cut oversize so they may need to be trimmed to a 1/4”.

Assembly:

1) Starting with fabric piece #1, place the right side of the fabric facing up onto shape 1 on the backside of the paper pattern sheet as shown in illustration A. Take fabric piece #2 and place wrong side up on top of fabric piece #1, pin pieces onto paper. See Illustration B. Flip the paper over to the printed side and sew on the line through the paper. Start sewing a few stitches before and after as shown in Illustration C.

A Through C Fabice Placement

2) Flip paper over to back, remove pin and finger press the fabric piece #2 up as shown in Illustration D. Pin fabric piece #2 onto paper. See illustration E.

D Through F Fabric Placement

3) Take fabric piece #3 and pin wrong side up as shown in Illustration F. Flip the paper over to the printed side and sew on the line through the paper. Start sewing a few stitches before and after as shown in Illustration G.

4) Flip paper over. Remove or reposition pins. Finger press the fabric as shown in Illustration H. Pin fabric in place. See illustration I.

G Through I Fabric Placement

5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 for remaining fabric pieces #4 through #13.

6) After all the pieces have been sewn on the paper, press with an iron. With a rotary cutter and ruler, trim log cabin design to 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” square. Carefully remove paper from back of fabric.

7) Cut a piece of fusible webbing a slight bit smaller than 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Iron onto the back of the log cabin design fabric. Follow manufacturers instructions for ironing fusible onto fabric.

8) Position the log cabin design onto the center of the shirt and about 4” down from the neck opening. Pin in place. Iron the log cabin design onto the shirt. Do not iron over pins. Remove pins as you go.

9) With a decorative stitch or zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew around the four raw edges. You may also hand sew around the edge with a blanket stitch. Note: For more stability while machine sewing the edges of the log cabin, cut a piece of tear away stabilizer about 6 1/2” x 6 1/2”. Pin the tear away stabilizer inside the shirt behind the design. Tear away after design is sewn onto shirt.



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