Tips & Tricks

Mini Dresden Pinnie Tips, Part 1

Are you wanting to make a Mini Dresden Pinnie, but you aren’t sure where to start? This is the first in a series of several posts that I have planned to show you exactly how I go through the process of making one from start to finish.

I have been asked several times if I start with the center fabric choice first.  Sometimes I do, but not always!  Lately, as I have been pulling fabric for other projects, I keep coming across things that would make perfect fussy cut centers.  Here are three prints I recently pulled and set aside.  (Left is from Black & White  from Cotton & Steel, Center is Magic Forest by Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel and right is Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz.)I keep a center template handy so I can check to see if the scale is right and what I want to feature will fit in the circle.  Looks like I am in luck with this cute print from Strawberry Biscuit!Next is one of my favorite parts… choosing fabrics for the 18 blades of the Dresden.  I love going through my scraps and pulling out tiny precious pieces that can be used in this project.  You need a piece that is just 1.5×2 inches for each blade.  I decided to look for soft pinks and aqua for this Dresden and usually, I look for prints that are pretty small in scale since the blades end up pretty tiny by the time they are sewn together.  Usually, I just keep pulling fabrics together and adding or subtracting from my pile until I have a mix that I am happy with.Next, I gather up my tools.  I use the blade template printed on card stock, a Frixion Pen and some sharp fabric scissors.I usually trace my template onto the back of fabrics.  Sometimes when I am fussy cutting individual blades, I’ll trace onto the front side of the fabric.  Either way works, though. Here’s a little secret…. I hardly ever just cut out one at a time.  If you plan to make more than one Dresden that is similar, you can cut out two at a time pretty easily.  If your scraps are tiny and you can just squeeze two blades out of it, then I will trace twice, flipping the template upside down for the second one. (You can see an example on the pink scrap on the right below.) The other scrap on the left is a little bigger, so I just trace the template once, then fold the piece of fabric in half, making sure your scrap is big enough to accommodate cutting two.  This makes quick work of cutting out two Dresdens at once instead of one.Either way, keep tracing and cutting until you have 18 blades cut out.  Here is a complete set that I have finished.  In this case, I am not sure exactly which fabric I am going to feature in the center yet.  Sometimes it is fun to audition options once you have the Dresden assembled.  And, just for fun… here is another set of scraps and a couple of possible center fabrics that I have picked out. In my next post I will share how I sew and piece the blades, then assemble them into the Dresden.  We will also create the center circle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you have about this first part of the process, or to tell me what you hope I cover in coming posts.

Check out the #minidresdenpinnie hashtag on Instagram to see lots of adorable Pinnies that have already been created.  Happy Sewing!

5 thoughts on “Mini Dresden Pinnie Tips, Part 1

    1. Hi Tonia! The very first time I made a pinnie like this, I actually printed off a template that was a freebie when I signed up for a newsletter. I was attempting to make a much smaller Dresden with only 12 blades that finished at 3.5 inches across. But, I somehow got the scaling wrong when I printed and it didn’t work out as planned. I had to keep adding blades until I settled on 18 to make a complete Dresden. That “mistake” turned out to be a happy accident and I ended up with this version that I have been using for my pincushions. I hope you get to try one out – they are so much fun to make!


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