A Fresh Twist on Fabric Folding Class Plan

by Rebecca Wat

Note to Teachers
Teachers can choose any project from the book and help students of all skill levels do it step-by-step in a 3-hour class. Some easier projects are Flowers in a Chessboard, Inside-out Flower Pillow, Pinwheel Pillow, Black Tie, Lazy Daises, Daffodils, and Butterfly Chase. Students will be able to finish the chosen project after the class. For supplies, refer to the specific project's Supply List in the book.

Class Description: Fabric Folding Techniques
In this 3-hour class perfect for all skill levels, you'll learn fabric folding techniques based on the book A Fresh Twist on Fabric Folding. You'll make beautiful 3D fabric models that can be applied to quilt making, home decorating, fashion design, and almost any sewing project.

Instructor Supply List

  • Required text: A Fresh Twist on Fabric Folding by Rebecca Wat
  • Thread and needle
  • Scissors
  • Scrap fabric (about 1/2 yd)
  • Straight pins
  • Pencil/marker
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Iron and board (a few to share)

Student Supply List

In the Classroom

  1. Briefly introduce the fabric folding techniques and discuss choice of fabric
  2. Cutting: (larger fabric squares are easier for beginners to handle)
    • Cut four 9" fabric squares
    • Cut one 3" x 6" fabric rectangle

Inside-out flower and variations

  • Use a 9" square to make a inside-out flower model (page 8-10)
  • Show different variations to the design: open-center, closed-center, contrasting fabric in the center.

Pinwheel and variations

  • Use a 9" square to make a pinwheel model (page 20-23)
  • Show how the model can be pieced as a block or used as an appliqué.

Bow Ties

  • Use a 9" square to make a bow tie model (page29-33)
  • Show how contrasting fabrics/laces can be added to enhance the design

Three-dimensional petals

  • Use the 3"x6" rectangle to make a fortune-cookie petal (page 42-44)
  • Use Template (page 75) or other methods to cut a paper pentagon. Make a pentagon flower.

Square Flowers

  • Use a 9" fabric square to make a square flower (page 63)
  • Show how it can be pieced as a block

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  • Wooden pressing tool
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