My sister has an awesome collection of Halloween decorations. Vintage and new, she blends them artfully around her home and office every autumn. She showed me a picture of a project and asked if I would make it for her. Sure! We stopped at the fabric store and picked out several wonderful Halloween prints, then figured out our triangles, placements and how big we wanted the finished product to be.
As we began trying to make our triangles we truly wished we had paid more attention in geometry class. Wait! Was there ever a geometry class in which to pay attention?? I’m afraid not. We knew there must be some sort of calculation but alas! We decided hands on was our way of getting this done, so I pulled out paper and muslin and we fiddled until we had long, tapered triangles that made us both happy. That’s they way I often end up doing math…fiddling until I get an answer that makes sense.
After that it was simply a matter of stitching the triangles, wrong sides together, leaving the top edge open, and turning. I decided to make them all the same length (20”) for two reasons: ease of cutting and placement. I later decided which ones I wanted shorter and gave them a trim (13”). I measured my base cloth (13” X 51”) to fit her tabletop. I cut two pieces, and with wrong sides together, stitched all around, leaving an opening for turning. I then laid it flat and positioned my triangles, overlapping, alternating and pinning until I was satisfied.
I think it can be anything you want it to be. Different sized triangles, strips of ribbon, long and short rectangles overlapping here and there. Use up scraps and keep an eye out for the perfect coordinating fabrics. I did think of making the back side plain autumn colors to then simply flip over for Thanksgiving decor…but that’s another project. I think our collaboration turned out quite nicely and compliments her wonderful collectibles.