I took pictures while I was making both of these, so if the color combinations switch back and forth, that's why. The question I get asked more than any other with this project is, "Where did you get such small dresden templates?"
The first (and only) dresden templates I use are from Sew Mama Sew. You can find them here.
After printing these templates, I reduced them by 50% on my copier. That is what makes this cute, smaller size. I print them on card stock so they will last longer.
Other fabric and supplies you will need:
Fabric to cut 20 dresden wedges (scraps work great for this, or a charm pack of five-inch squares for fabric variety)
Background fabric - a fat quarter or scrap that is approximately 12" x 15"
Batting - approximately 12" x 15"
Backing fabric - a fat quarter or scrap that is approximately 12" x 15"
Thread - either to match or in contrast to your project
Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, turning tool, ruler, mat, rotary cutter)
Before sewing, spend some time selecting fabric. I was making these for two upcoming gift exchanges and wanted to use traditional Christmas colors. After digging into the stash, I cut one wedge each from each of the selected fabrics.
The black fabric in the photograph is under consideration as a background for these, so that is why they are scattered all over it. The next step is to determine your layout. Dresdens are very versatile and can handle anything from two fabrics to twenty.
a multi-colored layout,
Now is the time to decide on the final size and setting for your finished project.
Cut your background and batting to the size you have decided. Keep in mind that the finished size will be a half inch smaller than the cut size. For the backing fabric, cut it a half inch bigger in one direction. For example, if you background is 8" x 10", cut your backing fabric 8" x 10 1/2". This is so there will be an opening in the back of the project for turning it right side out rather than along the edge. Cut your backing fabric in half. This will leave two pieces that need to be sewn together.
Before we assemble all of the layers though, the front needs to be finished.
Now we're ready to assemble. Lay the batting piece on your work table. Lay the background with the dresden sewn on it right side up on top of the batting, then lay the backing fabric right side down on top of that. Pin around the edges to hold everything in place. Use a 1/4" seam to sew around all four sides.
Holley's blog). One is going into an office gift exchange, and I have a special recipient in mind for the third. Projects are flying out the door about as fast as I can make them, and that is one of the things I love about this time of year.