Whether as a gift or for your own use – things that are both functional and have a great design are always well received.
On the search for ideas for trendy decorations for the kitchen or dining room, a concept emerged which offers countless variations. Have we aroused your curiosity? Then you're in the right place, as you can create a unique eye-catcher from leftover fabric in just a few steps. The red beet makes a really useful pot holder or trivet, but also looks great as a decorative piece on the table or on the wall!
Materials for a red beet with the dimensions 22 x 24 cm:
Heat resistant fabric (e.g. pure cotton or pure linen) with the following dimensions:
2 x 24 x 26 cm for the outer fabric
1 x 20 x 24 cm for the insert
3 x 22 x 24 cm heat resistant batting (e.g. Thermolam, Insul-Bright and similar)
Approx. 53 cm string / ribbon cut to: 1 x 15 cm; 1 x 18 cm, 1 x 20 cm
Matching or contrasting sewing thread (as desired)
SCHMETZ universal needle with the needle thickness 80/12 or 90/14
Cutting pattern to download and print
Note: The cutting pattern includes a 1cm seam allowance. For an optimal result, the cutting pattern should be printed in the original size (100 % scale). Simply check the size of the control square after printing. All fabrics should be pre-washed, dried and ironed to prevent the item from shrinking. Unless otherwise specified, lock all seams at the start and end.
Step 1: Cutting pattern pieces
Place the two larger pieces of fabric one over the other (reverse on reverse). The cutting pattern for the beet is now positioned in the grain and cut out.
Then also place the pattern piece for the insert in the grain and follow the same steps on the smaller piece of the fabric.
Step 3: Stitching pattern
The front piece is now placed on the web with the left side and fixed in place with pins or clips. Then use tailor's chalk to draw the lines on the fabric face that will be stitched later.
Now stitch the lines on the red beet with the SCHMETZ universal needle to join the fabric and batting. We recommend using a larger stitch length here to achieve a good look.
Step 5: Preparing the “sugar beet” hanging loop
Fold the ribbons cut to size in the center to create loops so that the two cutting edges are placed one above the other. Arrange the ribbons next to each other or on top of each other as desired and fix all ribbons together 0.75 cm from the cutting edge.
Step 6: Preparing for turning
In the next step, the stitched front part is turned over with the back part and the insert. The three pieces of fabric must be placed on top of each other as follows for this:
Bottom: Stitched front side with web side facing down
Middle: Pocket with reverse fabric side pointing upwards
Top: Back side with left fabric side pointing upwards
Ensure that the tips of all three pieces are in line. The green is now positioned between the bottom and middle fabric layer. The fixing seam should be within the seam allowance of the other pattern pieces so that it is not visible on the finished item. The loops should point inwards.
Step 7: Turning over
Now sew along the rim with a SCHMETZ universal needle (stitch length approx. 2.5) and a seam allowance of 1 cm. Leave a turn opening of approx. 8 cm here. Then turn the beet so that the web is between the two fabric layers and the two red sides of the fabric and the insert are pointing outwards.
Close the turn opening by hand or close to the edge with a sewing machine.
Done! You have created a multifaceted companion that will make a great addition to your home or a wonderful gift. This beet can be used and also modified in many different ways.
Tip: For some motif ideas, faces or dots can also be sewn on by hand. Layering different fabrics can also create great effects (e.g. make the belly of the whale a lighter blue than the rest of the body). Patchwork also works great with this project.
In a small design, the stitched works of art are also perfect as:
Toys for babies
Decoration on a pushchair chain
A sensory element on a crawl blanket.
There are no limits to your imagination.