Fantastic Fabric Folding Class Plan

By Rebecca Wat

NOTES TO THE INSTRUCTOR
This book is intended for quilters and crafters of all levels. The fabric folding techniques introduced can be applied to quiltmaking, home decorating, fashion design and almost any sewing project. I have divided the lesson plans into two parts. Session 1 (3 hours) is essential for any workshop based on this book, while Session 2 (several 2 hour sections) can be done in either a single or multiple lessons.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Learn easy origami techniques for making folded flowers, stars and more with today's beautiful fabrics! Decorate a quilt, a vest or your entire home.

NUMBER OF SESSIONS
One half day or full day, or several shorter classes

SUPPLY LIST
Required text: Fantastic Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat
hand-sewing needle & thread; scissors; straight pins
scrap fabric (one fat quarter)
scrap paper
iron & ironing board
pencil or marker
buttons (optional)
rotary cutter, cutting mat & acrylic ruler (not needed if teacher pre-cuts fabric for students to use)

SESSION #1

FIRST HOUR
Cut three 6" squares, one 5" square, and one 4-1/2" x 17-1/2" rectangle from fabric.
Use two 6" squares to make two diamond shapes (page 9-10, step A & B).
Use one diamond shape to make star (page 10, step C).
Use one diamond shape to make diamond variation B (page 18-19).
Use one 6" square to make inside-out flower (page 25-26).

SECOND HOUR
(for beginners, the following models are easier to make with paper than with fabric)
Use a 6" square paper to make folded rose (page 34-35).
Cut a regular hexagon from a piece of paper (page 60-61).
Make a diamond-petal hexagon from the regular hexagon cut (page 60-61).
read through the folding instructions for other polygon designs to point out that the same technique can be applied to other shapes (page 59-64).

THIRD HOUR
Use the 5" square of fabric to make the twirled rose (page 44).
Use the 4-1/2" x 17-1/2" rectangle to make the pinwheel (page 51-53).
Discuss how all these fabric models can be used.

SESSION #2
Teachers may choose to do any number of the following 2-hour sections, or let students choose their own projects. The idea is to have the students actually work on some particular projects.

PROJECT A: STAR WITHIN STAR (PAGE 14-16)
Discuss color selection with students. Show star block construction and let students make some star blocks.

PROJECT B: PAINT BRUSH BASIN - PILLOW (PAGE 3, 20-21)
Discuss color selection with students.Have each student piece patches together to make a pillow.

PROJECT C: SPRINGTIME IMPRESSION II (PAGE 29-30)
Discuss color selection with students. Show block construction and let students make some blocks.

PROJECT D: INSIDE-OUT FLOWER VEST (PAGE 31-32)
Show vest front construction. Have each student make a strip incorporating the flowers and piece onto a vest front.

PROJECT E: BASKET OF ROSES (PAGE 40-41)
Discuss color selection with students. Show basket block construction and let students make some blocks.

PROJECT F: PINWHEEL PILLOW (PAGE 57)
Discuss fabric selection with students. Show pillow construction and let each student make a pillow.

PROJECT G: A VEST OF HEXAGONS (PAGE 67)
Show vest front construction. Have each student make a vest front incorporating the hexagon flowers.

PROJECT H: HEXAGON PILLOW (PAGE 68)
Discuss fabric selection with students. Show pillow construction and let each student make a pillow.

PROJECT I: KIMONO SAMPLER II (PAGE 80-82)
Discuss color selection with students. Show kimono block construction and let students make some blocks.

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