1. Cut strips. 2 ½” WOF or half fabric A
2” WOF or half fabric B
2 ½” WOF or half fabric C
2. Sew the strip set with shortened stitch length since we will be slicing the seams into sections.
3. Press seams toward center strip. (As a general rule, press strips to reduce bulk and allow for nesting seams.) Press bands gently from the right side, with enough pressure to flatten, but without stretching any bias edges.
4. Cut pieces into 2” segments.
6. Once the stairstep band is sewn together, turn it on its side so that the squares stand up on point. At both ends there will be wasted angled pieces. To maximize the usable band area, make a single slice straight up and down anywhere in the band. Now match and sew the two angled edges together.
Another option that avoids the uneven look the first option causes.
Rather than slicing and transferring, simply add a large half-square triangle of the spacer fabric to each end.
7. Trim edges leaving a seam allowance. Finishes at 2" high finished or 2 1/2" to float depending on how closely you trim.
Carefully press bands gently from the right side, with enough pressure to flatten, but without stretching any bias edges.
For narrow band to finish at 1 ¼” high, use fabric strips as follows:
1 ½” WOF or half fabric A
1 ¼ ” WOF or half fabric B
1 ½” WOF or half fabric C
I hope you will try some Seminole bands. I plan to add instructions for another band tomorrow and then photos from our Wednesday work.