Have you ever imagine making a cathedral window Flying Geese runner? Well, get ready, because, in this tutorial, you’ll learn how! Video tutorial, patterns to print, and step-by-step instruction will do easy and fun!
Cathedral window Flying Geese runner with apliqué borders
To make this project you will use the “Fold and sew” method, “Flying Geese” version.
This means that you will cut pieces of fabric and then make the units. Every unit has a base and two folded pieces placed over it. Each unit forms a side of the window frame.
Watch this complete video tutorial to make the runner. Practice with muslin until you feel comfortable with the technique and then start with the project.
1/2 yards of blue cotton (42” width)
5 yards of muslin (42″)
1/2 yard of teal cotton (42” width)
Scraps of blue and teal printed cotton for the windows
Size: 60″ x 20”
How to make the units?
This is the unit you need to make the runner. The next schemes and photos will help you put every unit in its correct place.
Cut the pieces for the units with the templates.
Print the templates on a letter-size sheet. You can download them here.
Remember that each unit has a base and two folded pieces placed over this base. Cut the bases and the folded pieces in muslin. Make 45 units A, B, and C.
Fold the fabric of the frames and press well. Be careful with the bias of the fabric. Place the two folded pieces over the base fabric. Sew all around.
The base of the cathedral window runner
Join and sew unit C with units A and B.
Take unit A and sew from point 3 to point 1 and backstitch leaving point 1 open.
Make the same with unit B. Now, sew from point 1 to point 2 and leave point 1 open.
Trim the seams. Press well in the direction of the arrows. Check all the points are neat. Make 45 mini-blocks like this one.
Place two mini-blocks together. Make all the seams match. Sew the two mini blocks. Take care at this point, and make it neat 😉 Trim and press well.
Repeat these steps and make 15 rows of five mini-blocks like in the scheme.
Join and sew the rows, making three panels of 5 x 3 window frames.
Prepare three pieces of muslin to back each panel of the cathedral window Flying Geese runner. Cut the windows with the templates and place them over the base. Secure the three layers of fabric with pins and start applying the windows. Check the “Applying the windows” section for a step-by-step explanation.
Join and sew the three panels and sew the seams with an invisible stitch.
You complete the center of this beautiful cathedral window runner.
Now, let’s prepare the borders!
Cut two 41″ x 3″ pieces of muslin (plus seam allowance) for the top and bottom edges.
Cut two pieces of muslin (plus the seam allowance) like in the next scheme for the left and right borders.
Cut two pieces of muslin (plus the seam allowance) for the back following the scheme too.
With the templates, cut the waves, the leaves, and the pansy petals and prepare all these pieces to apply them over the borders.
I don’t use the freezer paper method, I only fold the margins to the inside and place the piece over the fabric. Then, I sew by machine with a tiny zig-zag stitch or by hand.
Place the pieces over the borders following the photo. Apply them by machine or by hand.
Take the two pieces of muslin for the back of the runner and sew them together by the shorter side. Leave an opening in the middle.
Now, place this piece on the runner facing their right sides.
Sew all around the edge. Turn all the work right. Leave the edges and corners neat and iron well.
Sew the opening in the back with an invisible stitch.
And this is the final result!! What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
If you prefer to have all the info ready to download on your device I offer you this PDF on Etsy. You will find clear step-by-step instructions, templates, and photos in one place. (NOTE: All the material I include in this PDF, can find it here for free in the blog!) You’ll learn how to make this unique project easy and fun! Check the content!
Introduction to the cathedral window technique
Three basic methods description
Which one is the best and for what
2-Units and blocks
Practice with muslin
How to make the units
How to make the block
Materials – Size
Base construction (units and blocks)
Applying the windows
How to use the templates
How to deal with seams
How to apply the windows
How to choose the best fabrics
How to choose the color palette
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