Traditionally a pojagi is a wrapping cloth. Today, the techniques are used to make many different items, but wrapping cloths are still important. The can be used to present gifts or to store delicate or precious items. Some styles are also used for carrying things.
This wrapping cloth would be perfect for giving a special gift, or it could be used as a decorative pillow if you just wrap it around a cushion that you already have.
This project takes more fabric than any other projects in the 2018 Pojagi Christmas Countdown, so don’t worry that you won’t have enough left. Although it is big, it is not difficult and would be a great first project.
1. Mark the Fabric
You will need four equal squares for this project. I used 15″ squares because I have a 15″ ruler, but 12″ squares would be big enough. If you don’t have a large square ruler, cut a square out of a cereal box to use as a template. Place the template on the fabric and mark around all sides using a Hera marker. Press with a back and forth motion to crease the fabric. Be sure to leave a 1/4″ space around the template to be the seam allowance.
2. Cut out the fabric
Once the fabric is marked, cut it out 1/4″ beyond the marked line.
3. Crease the fabric
After it’s cut out, finger press the fold lines to set in the creases. You will need four squares the same size. I am using four different colours – green, red, gold and charcoal.
4. Sew the pojagi seam
Pin two pieces together with the seam allowances folded into the inside. Sew together along one side of the square using the lined pojagi technique.
5. Press if necessary
After sewing the seam, finger press it smooth. If necessary, press with an iron, but that will depend on the fabric that is used.
6. Join more squares
Join the other pair of squares together.
7. Join all four pieces
Join the four squares together, matching the seam at the centre.
8. Cut the tab
Cut a piece of fabric 10″ x 4″. Fold in half and crease, and crease the edge 1/4″ from the edge.
9. Stitch the edge
Fold in half and pin the seam together with the seam allowances to the inside. Sew with the pojagi overcast stitch. This seam can be a bit tighter, since it won’t be opened flat.
10. Attach the tab
Pin the tab onto one of the corners of the wrapping cloth, with the stitched edge facing the middle of the square.
Sew it onto the cloth, sewing along the crease lines. You can use a sewing machine or just plain running stitch. After stitching, cut away the excess fabric.
11. Add the lining
Lay the wrapping cloth on the lining fabric, right sides together. Pin very securely to avoid fabric shifting. I usually pin every 2-3″ because of the slippery fabric. After pinning, cut the lining fabric to be the same size as the wrapping cloth.
12. Sew and turn
Sew all the way around the square, using a sewing machine or a running stitch. Leave a 5″ opening for turning. Turn right sides out, then hand stitch the opening closed.
13. Make the tie
Cut two long pieces of fabric 40″ x 2″ plus seam allowances. Sew together with the overcast pojagi stitch around all sides of the piece.
15. Attach the tie
Sew the tie to corner of the wrapping cloth that has the tab. Use a running stitch that goes through all layers of fabric.
Now it’s finished. To wrap something, lay the cloth right side down, with the tie at the top. Lay the object in the middle of the cloth and fold in the sides. Fold up the bottom and then fold the top down last. Take the tie around the the bottom and back through the tab. Bring the tie back up and tuck it under itself.
If you try this, I would love to see it. Send me a picture or share on instagram #pojagichristmascountdown
Stay tuned for more projects, or check out last year’s Pojagi Christmas Countdown.