This little project is inspired by old glass Christmas tree ornaments. They are quick and easy to do, so it’s a great project for learning a new technique.
Traditionally, pojagi is done with silk and ramie, so feel free to use these if you have access. The sample is done with lightweight linen. You need two colours – a main colour and an accent colour.
Only small pieces are needed, so if you have access to a dressmaker with scraps, that could be a good resource.
A contrasting colour of thread is used for the stitching. The stitching is visible and is part of the design.
Use a thread to match whatever fabric you are using. The sample is made with Perle cotton.
Other supplies and tools
- small bit of stuffing
- hera marker
- lightweight cardboard for templates
Making the pieces
Cut six pieces of background fabric 3″ x 3 1/2″ and mark one edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut three pieces of accent fabric 4″ long, with seams marked 2″ apart down it.
Join three pieces using a pojagi seam so that the background pieces are lined up at opposite ends of the accent piece.
Line up the pattern with the seams and mark with a Hera marker.
Trim around the marked line with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Repeat two times so that you have three identical pieces.
Line up two pieces at one corner, and pin along the edge.
Join with the braided edge stitch.
Don’t go into the seam allowances at the ends, just go from point to point.
Carefully pin the third side on, matching up the end points. Make sure there are only two sides pinned together and the third doesn’t get caught. Sew this seam with the same braided edge stitch.
Now two seams are done and the third is open.
Pin the third side closed, and stitch partway.
Stuff through the opening and then finish stitching it closed.
Stitch to the end point, and then bury the closing knot inside.
Add a loop for hanging and it’s done!
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Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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