How To Make Prairie Points

If you are a first time sewer, you may not know what prairie points are. Prairie points are small triangle pieces of fabric that are put onto seams for a three dimensional effect. They can also be used as an accent for your edges. They start out as squares of fabric and turn into triangles. It is quite simple to make prairie points, even for beginners. I have put together these easy steps for you to follow. There are several different methods you can use to make prairie points. I have chosen to show you an easy method for beginners. Prairie points will give your quilts a unique finish.

  1. First, you will have to cut the recommended dimensions for your square. If you are not sure on your dimensions, try cutting a piece of fabric that is eight inches times the width of your quilt fabric. It may help to use a ruler. Cutting your prairie points can be done with scissors or a rotary cutter.
  2. Next, you will have to fold the square so that it makes a triangle. Once you have a completed triangle, you can iron the fold.
  3. Fold the perfectly shaped triangle in half and iron the fold.
  4. Now, you must attach the prairie points to the top of the quilt. Include the batting in the attachment. Make sure to arrange the raw edges. You must overrun the prairie points at the seam line of the quilt. It is important to make sure this is completed properly.
  5. While keeping the batting isolated, start stitching the prairie points to the top of the quilt. Make sure to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  6. The backing will need to be trimmed 1/4 inch away from the edge of the top of the quilt.
  7. You will need to orbit the points away from the quilt, faintly pin down the seam allowance to the quilt's back. If desired, you may cut the batting shorter in the seam allowance. This will help to minimize the bulk.
  8. Now, you will need to double over the edge of the backing and slipstitch it underneath the edge to the backside of the prairie points. You have completed your prairie point!
  9. Great work on completing your first prairie point! They add the winning touches to any quilt! Don't get discouraged if your first one didn't turn out perfectly. You will get better with practice.

You can finish the rest of your quilting as your pattern suggests.


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