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Patchwork Tunic Top

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Got scrap fabric?  Make a patchwork Tunic Top with my free Peasant Dress Pattern! (The free pattern is available in sizes 12 months to 12 yrs.)

Shew!  (as I wipe sweat from my brow…)  I have been working on this patchwork top for several days now.  It was a lot of work figuring it out, but very worth it.  (A lot more work than I am used to anyway…)

I’ve had a few ideas floating around for a while, and have been wanting to try and make something in a fabric piecing/patchwork style.  I used 6 different pink and green fabrics from my stash and scrap bin.  (I didn’t want to cut into my high price “designer” fabrics until I knew how it would turn out.)

To make this patchwork top, I first created the fabric by piecing together 4-inch squares.

I used a 4 x 4 inch ruler and cut out the squares with my rotary cutter, then arranged the squares until I was pleased with the pattern.  I considered using a brick pattern for the squares, but after looking at different patchwork fabrics. It seemed like most of them used a straight pattern, so that’s what I did too.  (Plus I figured it would be easiest to keep straight.)

First, I sewed the squares into a horizontal strip.  I sewed two squares together at a time, then sewed the sets of two together to make a strip.  Then, sewed the long strips together.  After sewing a couple of the squares together I discovered I was having trouble remembering what went where, so I went back and made a diagram.  Like this:

To have enough fabric for a size 4 top, I had to do 5 rows of 6 squares each for the front and back pattern pieces.  Then I did 2 rows of four for each of the sleeves.  Cutting the squares probably took the same amount of time as sewing them together, maybe longer. (I ended up cutting way too many.)  I used my serger to sew the squares together and it went very quickly.

After I put the casing in the neckline, starting from about 1/2 inch below the casing, I shirred from sleeve seam to sleeve seam, front and back. Stopping at the bottom of the armhole.

Then I shirred the sleeve edges instead of using a casing and elastic.  I think it gives it such a cuter look!

If you would like to make a version of this top, you can print out and use my free Peasant Dress pattern.  Just adjust the length to whatever length you prefer.


I have a good amount of fabric squares left over, so I thought I would give them away to one of my readers.  If you are interested in the leftover squares, just leave a comment saying so and I will draw a winner randomly on next Tuesday.  Be sure and leave your email in case your blogger profile is set to “no reply”…

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  1. Angie PWC says:

    I love this! I have my squares all cut out, now the fun begins! Just one question – did you put elastic in the neck casing or just shirr around the neckline?

    1. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says:

      Hi Angie, your email settings are set to "no-reply" otherwise I would have emailed you directly, so hopefully you are checking back…

      I did put elastic in the casing, only because I decided to shirr it after I had already done the casing. I really like how it turned out though. The elastic casing gave it a much better fit. Sometimes if there is only shirring, the tops can gape a little. (I think some fabrics just shrink up better with the shirring.)

      Good luck!
      (If you are interested in updating your email reply settings, I have some instructions here: http://scatteredthoughtsofasahm.blogspot.com/2012/02/check-your-settings-now.html)

  2. So cute and a lot of work. Nicely done! I'd love your leftovers!!

  3. I'd love to win the extra fabric squares. Such a cute top!
    heidikittelson at gmail dot com

  4. Cute top! Love the fabrics you chose. Would love to win the leftover fabric squares.

    My email is in my profile. 🙂

  5. So cute! I love the fabrics you've used 🙂

  6. That is so very beautiful! The combination of prints is just perfect.

  7. Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com says:

    Wow! Absolutely adorable! I love the colors and the style!

  8. Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree says:

    Absolutely adorable top!
    Would you be willing to share this at our weekly Playdate link party?

  9. Wow! I love it! I love green and pink together. I've got to try this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother says:

    So adorable! I pinned this 🙂

  11. That turned out beautifully – and it does look like a lot of work! I have a fabric that would coordinate beautifully for a fun little baby quilt, so I'd definitely love your leftovers!

  12. Very cute shirt! I love the green and pink combo!

  13. Such a cute shirt! it would definitely make a great dress.

  14. Connie the crafterbug says:

    Way cute! This would be a darling dress too!