Yaaaaaay! I made a pdf for this teapot pattern!
You can download it from here.
If you're an experienced quilter, you can probably
figure out how to make this patchwork block almost
instantaneously, but if you are sort of a beginner
seamstress like me, you might find it helpful if
I show you how I make this teapot patchwork
block from the first step to the end, so here comes
the instruction of how I do it along with a bunch of photos.
Cut out the pattern from the pdf printout.
(I recommend you enlarge the pattern, because it's too
small as it is, but here I am using the pattern of the original size.)
Cut it into pieces along the lines.
Using a small piece of double-sided tape, attach
each piece onto the right side (not shiny side) of
freezer paper, making sure there is plenty of
space between the pieces. (The layout shown in this
picture isn't a great example. I figured later that I
needed more space between each of them.)
Using a ruler, add seam allowances of 1/4".
(Throughout the process, the seam allowance is 1/4".)
Also, make sure to name all the pieces so that
you'll know which one goes where in what way.
Take off the original pieces of the pattern and
Name the new freezer paper pieces. You can
discard the original paper pieces now.
Cut out the pieces of the freezer paper.
There should be 13 pieces total.
Let's make the funnest part - the main teapot body.
I really don't care the height of those two pieces
for the teapot base. Here I cut out them that
measure about 1" x 5".
Sew them together and press seam open.
(Pressing after every time you sew each line
will really help you work on this project easier).
Place the freezer paper pattern on the RIGHT
side of the fabric and press on it to attach the
pattern to the fabric temporarily. (Remember to
always do this on the RIGHT side of the fabric!!)
Cut out the teapot body along the pattern edges.
and peel off the pattern! (This freezer paper
pattern is reusable for many many times!)
Using the same technique, cut out other pieces too.
Yay! 13 pieces done! I know it's tempting to peel the
patterns off at this moment, but I strongly recommend you don't.
It will be helpful if you peel it off right before sewing
the piece so that you'll know which piece goes where.
I always start off with the left side of the background
next to the teapot, because I can't wait to attach a spout
on it. Oh, I also make sure that the fabric for the background
is very different from the teapot color to make the teapot
stand out. I also choose background fabric that is either
solids like linen with no print on it or small polka dots.
Otherwise, the background would get too busy.
Sew, Press seam open, and sew the next one....
When the three pieces are together, it's time
to sew it to the main teapot!
Yaaaay! Now let's attach the right side of the background too!
Then I usually sew these three pieces next.
It took me a while to learn how to put
fabric together when the pieces are triangle.
Simple. Just make sure the end of the line
you draw merges with the edge of the fabric underneath it.
After the main part of the lid is complete,
I sew together the three pieces on the main lid.
If you enlarged the pattern in the first place,
you'd work on this part of process peacefully,
but if you didn't, then you'd have a little
tough time just like I did. The top lid is obnoxiously tiny!!
Oops, the top lid became a little narrower than it's
supposed to.. but I don't care about it that much.
It's always hard to press seam open here,
so for this part, I iron it to just one side.
I forgot to mention about this very last piece that
comes between the main teapot and its lid. It's gets
really long when you add seam allowance to the original
pattern, so make sure to cut off some part of the
narrow angle. With the original pattern, this piece needs
to be just a little over 5" width.
Attach the two now and your teapot is complete! Hooray!
If you don't like the uneven edges, just cut off ;)
It's fun and quite addictive to make the teapots!
I hope you'll come up with many different sewing
projects using this pattern and share with us in
this flickr group. I'm already dying to see what
you create, so hurry up and make some please!!! ;)
Teapot Pattern Download
If this link doesn't work, try this one.
- When you link to this tutorial, please link to
this blog, but not directly to the pdf. Thanks;)
Thanks for coming & reading!