About three years ago my friend Linda got me hooked on Pojagi. Ever since she told me about this beautiful Korean form of patchwork quilting, I’ve been experimenting with it
|The headband I made for 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts with
the plan for how the patchwork pieces go together.
The real beauty of this technique is that the pieces are nearly reversible. They have fully covered seams, with no raw edges, and are easy to make. Depending on the fabrics, you really can use both sides of these pieces. I have made projects using silk or cotton, and they came out beautifully. One was a silk headband made for 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts.
I’ve read up on this technique and experimented a lot, tweaking the technique a bit to fit my style of patchwork.It is traditionally done by hand, but it is also easy to do by machine. The seam I use for Pojagi is a flat felled seam that is common in garment construction. My technique was adapted from an original tutorial by Victoria Gertenbach found on her blog. I like using lots of starch, a hot iron, and a special foot for my Bernina which gives a perfect topstitch seam.
You may have a different way that works best for you, but this is my preferred Pojagi technique.
1. Place the 2 fabrics to be joined right sides together, with the raw edge of the top fabric ¼” below the raw edge of the bottom fabric. (The raw edge of the bottom fabric should extend ¼” beyond the edge of the top fabric.)
2. Sew a scant ¼” seam. Open the unit and press the seam allowance toward the top fabric, so only the bottom fabric seam allowance is visible. Fold the raw edge of the bottom fabric seam allowance over the raw edge of the top seam allowance, touching the seam line, and press again, making a sharp crease.
3. Topstitch the edge to finish the seam.
Note: each seam allowance uses ¼” from one fabric and ½” from the other. You will need to trim units accordingly to ensure that they all fit together.
There’s a video of me demonstrating this patchwork technique on in the video gallery here on the Quilting Daily community that might help you visualize how it all comes together.
I can’t seem to get enough of Asian-style contemporary patchwork projects (probably has something to do with my burgeoning collection of Japanese fabric). I just discovered a new book with 19 Zakka-style projects, Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi. Ayumi combines patchwork patterns with applique and embroidery to create practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live there. Right up my alley!
P.S. Have you tried Pojagi seams? Any tips you’d like to share? Leave them below!