I love the look of dresden plates and they are great way to incorporate lots of fabric scraps into a project. I made my first one a few months ago (you can see a photo on this post). Making my own template using a compass and protractor was fiddly so I recently invested in a dresden ruler which makes cutting the blades much simpler. It was fun experimenting with pink scraps from my 2 1/2 inch scrap tub (you can see my scrap organisation method here). I used a ruler that was 22.5 degrees. The finished dresden plate measured 6 3/8 inches across. I think I may like to go a bit smaller next time.
The pink and yellow look so cheery together! It puts a modern twist on a traditional quilt block.
I added some stitching detail and ricrac trim.
The scrappy dresden plate became a drawstring shoe bag which are great when travelling. I used our Travel Shoe Bag tutorial which is sized for women’s shoes. (We also have a men’s Shoe Bag tutorial.) These are great gifts for travellers and can be used for shoes, pyjamas, lingerie, or for anything else that needs organising in your suitcase.
I am planning a few more dresden projects using my fabric scraps.