I was looking for something cute and seasonal to make for a friend's birthday when I was inspired by a darling table topper in my Summer Fun Pinterest Collection.
|I still need to buy some black embroidery floss to add some "seeds".|
|I made another watermelon topper and did it a little different so will include some instructions in my tutorial for version B.|
It would be very cute to give along with a watermelon candle. If you're really ambitious here's a site that has a tutorial for making these darling watermelon candles!
|Click here to learn to make your own!|
|Here is the pattern by Shelley Robson at All People Quilt, that Yvonne used.|
Finished size is 13" x 22"
|Version A 1. Cut 13 strips of reds 2" x 13".|
2. Cut cream color strip on the bias 36" x 1 1/4" long.
3. Cut 2" x 38" for binding in green (not shown)
*4. Cut red strip 2" x 21" (Version A)
5. Backing 14 x 22"
|Both Versions: Sew red strips together.|
Both Versions: Cut a watermelon shaped curve.
|First attempt at cutting the curved edge. (I used the large scallop on a scallop edge ruler for a template but wanted the curve more like the Pinterest one.)|
|I sketched the curve I wanted on paper and then took a pen which erases when you iron it (Frixion) and drew the curve and then cut one side.|
|Fold over so you can cut the identical curve on the other side.|
|Both Versions: Sew the 1 1/4" cream color bias piece to the bottom edge of the watermelon slice.|
|Press out and this forms the white part of the rind.|
|Place front and back, right sides together at the top edge. Stitch across the top edge. Fold right sides out and press|
|Lay the batting inside (be sure to really get it up to the top edge)|
|Version A: Layer batting, backing and straight stitch along each strip and along the "rind" seam.|
|Stitch #22, but I lengthened it to 2mm and also made it wider to 7mm|
|Since I don't usually use my machine fancy stitches, I was happy to find a use for one of them.|
|I was really happy with getting a different look.|
|Version A: *If you prefer to bind the top edge with red, do so now. Note: I added a strip of cream to each side of my red binding but it makes a thick seam at that point.|
|Apply the green binding (fold in the ends for a finished edge). Embroider or add black heart shape buttons for the "seeds"|
|And you have a happy summer table topper!|
I'm linking up with Sarah at Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Also with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
And with Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew: A Stitch in Time