This Dresden Plate Ruler is a bigger version of the popular dresden template designed to be used with 10" squares (layer cakes) or 5" squares (charm squares).
- Easy to use for beginners and experienced quilters alike
- Includes 1/4" seam allowance
- Ideal for use 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.
- 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. You can use 10" squares, 5" squares, scraps or lengths of your fabrics.
You can also strip piece fabric strips together for a chequerboard look. Experiment and have fun!
Sewing Instructions for your Dresden Wedges
- 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 wedge 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 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!