This Dresden Plate Ruler is a bigger version of the popular dresden template and is designed to be used with 10" squares (layer cakes) or 5" squares (charm squares). Helps minimise fabric wastage!
- Easy to use for beginners and experienced quilters alike
- Includes 1/4" seam allowance
- Perfect for quick cutting with a rotary cutter
Choose from the following sizes. The points refer to the number of wedges or blades or petals in a full circle. A full circle is 360 degrees.
- 24 Points - 15 degree wedge
- 20 Points - 18 degree wedge
- 16 Points - 22.5 degree wedge
- 12 Points - 30 degree wedge
- 10 Points - 36 degree wedge
Using the Template cut your desired number of dresden wedges.
Sewing Instructions to create a Dresden Wedges with pointed tops
- Fold each wedge right sides together and sew straight across the flat top end. Roll or Finger press your seams open.
- Turn the point right side out and centre the seam exactly. Press the point flat.
- Matching the upper edges, sew the wedges long edges together in pairs, then in groups. Press all seams open.
- Sew the wedge groups together to form a circle.
- Fold one background square in half and in half again and lightly press the folds to mark the centre and quarter points.
- Matching quarter points, centre the Dresden circle over the background square and pin or glue in place.
- Stitch the outer Dresden points to the background square using hand or machine applique
Instructions to create a dresden wedge with a flat top
Keep the top of your dresden wedges straight by turning under the edge or use fusible web to applique the dresden plate on to a background fabric.
Instructions to create a dresden wedge with a rounded top
Use a rounded object like our Mylar heat resistant circle templates to mark a curved petal effect at the end. The edge can be turned with an iron for appliqué or with fusible web.
Instructions for your Centre Circle
- You might also like our Mylar Heat resistant circle templates for easy and perfect centre circles for your dresden plates.
- Alternatively, you can use lightweight interfacing to make your centre circle. Cut your centre circle from fabric and lightweight interfacing and place right side of your fabric and the fusible side of your interfacing together. Sew around the outer edge leaving enough space open to turn your circle right side out. Roll or finger-press the edges.
- Centre the circle over the Dresden circle and press in place, tucking the interfacing under at the edges. Applique around the circle.
- You can make your centre circle/s any size you like as long as they cover the base of your dresden plate.
- If you want a really large centre circle you use the lines on the template to cut your wedges to the length you would like. Experiment and have fun!
- You can use 10" squares, 5" squares, scraps, strips, scraps or lengths of your fabrics to cut your dresden plates.
- You can cut three 18 degree wedges (20 points in a circle) from a10 inch square and minimise your fabric wastage. You can also cut three 20 degree wedges (18 points in a circle) from a 10" square with little fabric wastage- please see the photos for other options.
- You can also strip piece fabric strips together for a chequerboard look and using striped fabrics can create interesting effects.
- Mix and match wedge sizes to make a circle - as long as you have 360 degrees covered for the full circle. For example if you alternate 15 degree and 30 degree wedges you will need to cut 8 fabrics wedges of each size. Eight x 15 degree wedges and Eight x 30 degree wedges = 360 degrees. A full circle!
- Two strips of fabric of contrasting shades can be pieced together and cut into a wedge on the vertical, can create a pleated flower effect.
- Strip -sets of single strips (cut maybe 1 or 11⁄2in wide) can be used to create a graded flower, or different striped effects.
- Wedges cut at 45-degrees can result in a spinning sawtooth design, or by alternating direction you can create a radiating star pattern.
Experiment and have fun!