We went to a Super Bowl party at the home of one of Hubster’s co-workers. To thank her for hosting us I decided to make her a SBC, cause I have not punished myself enough with the 5 I’ve made. But I wanted to develop a way to avoid all the bulk in the edge. Here’s my method:
- Cut outer fabric 10″x10″, or preferred size. This is the fabric you want for the bottom.
- Cut inner fabric 9.5″x9.5″, or .5″ less than your outer layer. This is the fabric you want for the inside.
- Cut 1st batting piece 9’x9″.
- Cut 2nd batting piece 8.5″x8.5″
- Follow the instructions for quilting the layers. I join the larger fabric to the larger batting and smaller to smaller.
- Mark the darts the same for the 10″x10″ size. For the smaller piece I marked the darts about 1/8″-1/4″ thinner on both edges. Basically .875″x1.875″. Sew darts.
- I then trim the darts and press them in one direction, the same on both pieces. This way they will nest better.
- Turn the inner piece right side out and place it in the outer piece, matching the dart seams. Sew around all edges leaving an opening for turning.
- Turn inside out and press all edges. Top-stitch around the outer edge.
Pop in the microwave with your favorite dish!
I got a crisper edge with this method. I probably didn’t need to go quite 1/4″ less on all the measurements. I will say, getting the darts perfect is a pain, so I ended up fudging when sewing the outer edge. You can tell on the one side of the inner portion, see how it’s wrinkled?
I will refine my method and try to get those darts more precise. I had to sew this one on my cheap Singer*, trying out my new walking foot for it. It worked well and no machine screaming when sewing the rows of top-stitching. Yay! So now I am happy to make more cozies. Next year’s Christmas gift?
*My Bernina stopped picking up the bobbin thread and wouldn’t lock threads as I sewed. After a sleepless night worrying, OK, sleepless because of 4 dogs on my bed, I finally googled it and changed out the needles. It is now sewing again!!!