To make the scrappy centre piece. Cut a 7.5cm strip of 3 or 4 different fabrics and then cut these into various widths. Lay them randomly in a row and stitch them together using a small 0.5cm seam allowance. The multi strip should be 23cm long (the height of your semi circle pattern piece). Press the seams to one side, give it a good press. Do the same for the back of the tea cosy.
Join the striped piece to two of the quarter circle main fabric pieces, remembering to place and pin right sides together. Sew with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Press the seam to one side. Trim up the top curved part.
Layer up the lining, batting and front making sure you have the batting sandwiched between the outer and inner layer. Pin with curved safety pins if you have them. If you have a walking foot for your machine use this to quilt the layers together. We used straight lines and used the edge of the walking foot as a guide. Use a longer stitch length to help with the thicker fabric. If you don’t have a walking foot, turn the foot presser tension dial to a lower number to help prevent dragging/ slipping of your layers and use lots of pins.
On your binding strip, cut off 9cm for your tab at the top of the tea cosy. With wrong sides together, fold in half lengthwise then fold your raw edges into the centre and press. Edge stitch down along the edges. On the right side of your tea cosy place the tab at the top and pin ensuring all your raw edges meet. Place the other piece of your quilted tea cosy on top so that the right sides are together and pin. Stitch along the curved edge using a 1cm seam allowance. You can overlock or zigzag the seam or use pinking shears to finish the raw seam.
Fold the binding in half lengthwise (wrong sides together). Leaving a tail end, pin the binding to the wrong side of the tea cosy. Start in the centre rather than at the seam. Stitch using the edge of your foot as a guide (ensure you change back to a normal presser foot)- dont stitch all the way around. Stop 12cm before the start. To join the binding ends together, lay them so they are flat and fold them back on themselves where they meet. Pin in place and stitch along the fold line. Trim and finger press the seam open. Lay the binding back down and stitch the gap closed. Turn the binding over to the right side and pin and stitch making sure you cover the already stitched row.
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