Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Bug Jar Tutorial
You need a background fabric. And a lid fabric. The coolest lids I have seen are from stripes so find a nice stripe scrap for your lid.
For a 12 inch finished block this will measure 12.5 inches unfinished. Oh, just for reference .125 is 1/8 inch and .825 is 7/8 inch.
8.5 x 8.5 of jar contents – this is your made fabric
1.75 x 5.5 – this is your striped fabric lid
Background – 2.5 x 12.5 block top
1.25 x 12.5 block bottom
2. Sew the background jar sides to the sides of the jar piece.
3. Sew the lid between the two lid sides background pieces to form a long skinny strip.
3. Lay out the block in the following order:
block top (background)
block bottom (background)
4. Sew the block together and trim to 12.5 x 12.5 inches. If you are making the smaller block you will trim your block to be 6.5 x 6.5 inches.
If you want to be creative and make a different size jar you can sketch your block in a program like EQ or on draft paper. Here are some measurements for a tall block and a baby food jar block. You assemble the block the same way as before.
Tall block that finishes 8 x 12. To make it finish 12 x 12 just add 2 inches to your sides to make the block background wider.
For an 8 x 12 finished block: For a 12 x 12 finished block:
2 x 8.5 Block top (background) 2 x 12.5
2 x 3.5 Lid (stripes) 2 x 3.5
Two 2 x 3 Lid sides (background) 2 x 5
5.5 x 8 Jar fabric (made fabric) 5.5 x 8
Four 1.5 x 1.5 Jar corners (background) 1.5 x 1.5
Two 2 x 8 Block sides (background) 4 x 8
2 x 8.5 Block bottom (background 2 x 12.5
If you want a flat bottomed jar, leave off the two bottom corners of the jar. You can tweak the measurements in any number of different ways and make a variety of different shapes and sizes. Oh, you can make the top corners of the jar larger than the bottom two corners and have a different sort of jar.