Written and Designed by
Janet M. Davies
Dresden Plate layouts come most commonly
in two different edge finishes; rounded or pointed. I have used the
pointed edge shape below. The fan shape can be sewn into a fabric block
or appliqued on top of the fabric block. I have used the applique
Each fan piece is wedge shaped and the wedges can be divided as
many times as you wish; but allow for the seam allowances. The
red lines shows the cutting edge for the actual wedge pattern.
1. Below: Cut a paper pattern from your
With sharp scissors you can cut a few layers of fabric at once.
2. Below: A.
Fold the fabric length ways and sew along to long top edge.
Cut off excess seam allowance at the folded side edge.
B. Turn the raw seam inwards. Lay
the fabric right side down.
Bring the seam edge down so all the seam will be facing you,
onto the fabric centering the seam in the overall width. Press.
3. Below: The photo below shows how the
right side of the wedge
now looks when sitting on the original pattern piece.
Sew all the wedge pieces you will be using.
4. Below: Now sew the sides of the wedges
together to form a half or whole circle.
5. Below: The circle of wedges have been
sewn and then the outer edge has been applique stitched to background
fabric block. The inner circle was made and applique stitched on top of
the wedges. You can see how I made the circles
here. Then I
stitched Running stitch inside the seam lines to highlight the wedges. I
used a thick Pearl 5 needlework cotton so the Running stitch stands out.
6. Below: In this pillow you can see I made
two half circles of wedges
and inserted (not appliqued) some basic strips and blocks between them.
Click to see the pillows larger
The instructions in JMD Designs
retail pattern packs are a lot more
detailed than what is given here in this tutorial above.
The designs/patterns on this
page may be used for free,
for your personal non profit use only. They are not to be copied or cut and
pasted into other
websites. Links to this website are
more than welcome. Thanks