|One Flying Geese Unit|
How To Make A Flying Geese Unit
Decide how wide you want your finished unit. Add 1/2" to this number to account for a seam allowance on both sides of the unit. For this example, I want to make a finished unit that's 8" wide, so my starting width to work with is 8.5". Make sense?
Now figure out the height of your unit. The height will equal HALF of the FINISHED width, plus 1/2" seam allowance. For the example, the height = half of 8" (the finished width) plus 1/2". So, a height of 4.5".
Cut a rectangle measuring the width from step 1 and the height from step 2. I cut a rectangle of 8.5" x 4.5".
From a background fabric (navy blue in the example), cut two squares, all sides the same measurement from step 2. I cut two squares that measure 4.5" x 4.5" square.
On the wrong side of both background fabric squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
|Draw a line.|
With right sides together and the drawn line facing up, align one square on the left side of the rectangle you cut in step 3. The drawn line should go from the bottom left corner of the rectangle to the top center of the rectangle.
|Pin to the large rectangle.|
Sew directly ON the drawn line.
|Sew on the line.|
Cut 1/4" away from the stitched line, cutting off the corners of the two fabrics.
|Cut off the excess.|
Gently press the background triangle open.
Repeat steps 6-9 to sew the second background square to the right side of the rectangle. The background squares will overlap at the top of the rectangle.
|Pin on the second square.|
|Sew and cut off the excess.|
Square up the unit to the dimensions you figured out in steps 1 and 2. There should be exactly 1/4" of background fabric above the point, so that when you sew this unit to another one (or to any other piece of fabric), the point won't be cut off.
|Press and square up.|
Make sense? Not that hard, right? You can use this formula to make flying geese units of any size.
This little sample goose unit will be showing up again in a few days in a mug rug tutorial, so check back!