Sewing Tips & Tricks: Color Blocking

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Color blocking is a fun way to create a new look with some of your favorite patterns. Here are some interesting ways I found color blocking used on Pinterest. 

(Pinterest Pins 1, 2, 3, 4)

With the Modkid Penny pattern, Patty has already worked in some color blocking ideas for you! But, don't let those be the limit! Here are some tips to get you started on your own color blocking adventure.

Draw a new seam line where you would like to add color blocking. For the Penny pattern above, a bodice line has already been marked for us. You will need to label any pattern pieces that will be seperated, so they don't get mixed up later.

Cut the pattern along the marked line. I marked the places I would need to add a seam allowance with a star.

Add seam allowances on each side of the cut. Tissue paper, freezer paper, or cardstock works well here.

Now you are ready to cut and piece your fabric. Once the color blocked pieces are assembled and the seams pressed, you have recreated the original pattern piece. Follow the pattern directions as you normally would.

The Modkid Avery and Melanie would be other great patterns to play around with color blocking.


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