A little sun catcher made of batik scraps is a beautiful way to add a burst of colour to your window during the grey winter months.
This tiny project uses the same techniques as the Luminosity Collection of modern pojagi window hangings, so if you enjoy the stained glass effect, you can take on a larger challenge.
All you need for this is a few fabric scraps. Batik fabrics work best because the weave and colour allows the light to shine through.
Dimensions are approximate, you can easily make this larger or smaller depending on what size pieces you have available.
One 3-1/2” square neutral fabric for the centre.
Two squares 4-1/2” (or larger) coloured fabric for the outer corners.
Any colour of regular sewing thread will work. When the piece is hanging in the window, the seams will appear black, so even though your stitches are visible they won’t be noticed.
Cut the two coloured squares on the diagonal to form half square triangles.
Join one coloured triangle to the side of the neutral square using the simple pojagi seam technique.
Centre the triangle so that the edges extend beyond the sides of the square.
Repeat with another triangle on the opposite side of the square.
Join another triangle onto a third side of the square.
After the first stitching of the simple pojagi seam, trim the ends of the first two triangles before folding and pressing.
Join the last triangle to the last side of the square.
Trim the edges to square it up, but make sure to leave at least 1/2” beyond the edge of the centre square. You will need the much for the hemming.
Fold over one side of the piece 1/4” and press. Then fold another 1/4” and press again. Top stitch to hem.
Repeat the same hem on the other three sides.
Add a loop of thread or cord in a corner for hanging.
Enjoy seeing this in your window or give it as a gift. It will look different depending on the weather.
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