Half square triangles (HSTs) can be difficult to
sew because the diagonal seam, sewn corner to corner is on the bias.
The resulting square can become distorted [ i.e., not square] if
this seam is even slightly stretched out of shape during the sewing
and pressing process.
THANGLES are papers which
stabilize the bias seam while stitching & pressing and have the additional benefit of
showing you where to sew and cut.
With THANGLES the math is
simple....just add 1/2" [two 1/4" seam allowances] to the
desired finished size and cut your strips that size. For
example, if you want a 1 inch finished HST, you cut 1-1/2" strips
and use THANGLES. It is as easy as making squares because
you use the same easy math. Add 1/2" to your desired
finished size and cut the strips to that width.
The revolutionary nature of THANGLES
is easy to see if you consider how it SPEEDS up and SIMPLIFIES
the cutting process for a quilt block that is made of squares and half
are available in 16 sizes -
1/2" to 6"
We've made it easy with our
"Gotta Have Them All" assortment.
Click here for details on
how to order.
When using Thangles, cut fabric strips 1/2"
larger than the finished size of the HST unit. Layer two fabrics right
sides together, lay paper strip on top, pin together. Then you stitch on
the dotted lines, cut apart on the solid lines.
Finger press the paper open. With an
iron, press the fabric to match the paper.
Trim off the extended "dog ear".
Pinch the seam allowance near the center of the
seam, hold on to the paper triangle and with a "snap" the paper easily
THANGLES cost just
$5 a package, which is a bargain when you consider how
many each package makes and how much time you'll save in
drawing and cutting.