What the heck are PrairiePoints? (and how can you use them to make amazing projects?)
If there’s one fabric technique I love, it’s the prairie point. It’s a simple and effective way to use loads of scraps which is why I’ve designed a Stitchbook project featuring them.
So what is a prairie point?
Well, it’s a piece of fabric origami. A small piece of square fabric that has been folded and pressed into a triangle. On it’s own it looks unassuming, but make a couple and you will soon have a beautiful addition to any project. There are several different ways to fold and make up the triangles and they can be combined in various patterns.
Below is a close up of one little prairie point in my favourite folded style with the fold in the center of the top of the triangle.
They are most useful when used as edging, as this covers up their raw edges, and they can be sewn into borders easily. They often used on quilt edges as an alternative to regular binding. I love the texture and mix of colours they provide.
A cute example is this Prairie Point Towel Pattern by TheSweetWaterCo on Etsy which uses the points as edging on the central band of this embellished tea towel.
You can also use them for more exciting products such as this rosettes (tutorial by Happy Sew Lucky).
Want to have a go?
The Prairie Point Photo Frame Project is suitable for anyone with basic sewing skills and is made almost entirely from this one technique. There are detailed instructions and photographs of how to make the individual points as well as use them to create the frame.
Want even more information on Prairie Points, including how to make one continuous row of points? I learnt everything I know about quilting from this totally awesome book.
What have you used Prairie Points for?
I’d love to see your colour schemes and projects. Leave me a comment to tell me how you have used them or even better – send me a photo. Email them to me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll feature a selection on the blog.