Over a year ago, I was at Jo Ann’s Fabrics looking to buy a triangle ruler. I loved all the triangle quilts showing up all over Pinterest. As I was browsing at Jo Ann’s, I asked one of the employees if she had any tips for sewing triangles. She had some not so kind words to say about triangles, and then she kind of just went on with her work.
After a few attempts at sewing with isosceles triangles, I understand where she was coming from.
I started sewing a twin size triangle quilt a month ago. I have almost burned it. Twice. It has caused a bit of friction in our marriage. Because, see, I am married to an engineer. How can he graduate college without understanding the geometry behind sewing a quarter of an inch seam allowance down the side of an isosceles triangle?
I have read all the instructions about sewing with triangles. You have to stagger your triangles by a quarter of an inch.
Please understand I am far from being a perfectionistic sewer, but I couldn’t bear to look at my points on this one.
Solution: I stopped sewing the twin quilt and figured out how to take the guessing game out of sewing with triangles.
If this is your first time attempting to sew with triangles, I recommend starting with something small. I sewed a burp cloth with these triangles.
2. Using a triangle ruler, cut your strips of fabric into triangles. Line it up with the bottom of the fabric. Be sure the left side lines up well, or you may want to do some trimming if everything isn’t lining up well. The more precise you are when you cut your triangles, the easier it will be to get your points sharp!
3. Line up a ruler with the bottom of the triangle, and make a mark an eighth of an inch from the bottom. I was finally able to get my triangles to line up well when I started marking them. Once you have sewn enough triangles, you will start to get the hang of it. If you end up with a triangle that doesn’t line up, you’ll begin to understand why after sewing quite a few. (Pardon my husband’s ruler from elementary school. It used to be cool to write your name on everything with white-out.)
After I finished sewing four rows of triangles, I used them to make the most adorable burp cloths for two new moms at church. I used some extraordinarily plush terry cloth that I will buy again and again for gifts.
I was reading the reviews on it because I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay $16.98 a yard. I decided to try it since the reviews were so good, and since I was purchasing it for a gift, I felt splurging was a bit more acceptable.
This terry cloth really was super thick and soft. I would likely not buy this same terry cloth to make home made napkins or a drying mat because I don’t need something that high quality. For a gift, I felt the expensive terry cloth was worth it.
Here is the triangle quilt I referenced above. It was a rather frustrating process as I learned the art of sewing with isosceles triangles. But, I kept trying and kept learning, and I have figured out what works best for me.
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