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Octagonal Topper Tutorial
Caroline1947 Send a Message
Here is a tute for the toppper as requested. If you need a pattern for the Octagon,there is a tute here for that too.


( Pardon the purple marks on my ruler.Little hands did it!!(: )


You will need an Octagon and 2 sets of strips. My strips are 1 1/2 " wide for the first round,and 3 1/2" for the second round.

Step 2
sew 4 narrow stips to opposite sides of octagon (these are about 7 inches)

Step 3 trim off at an angle,lining up edge of ruler along edge of octagon..do second narrow sides the same way

Step 4 square off all sides to 1 inch,lining up edge of ruler with edge of octagon

Step 5 add second set in same manner,but trim by lining ruler on FIRST STRIP instead of octagon

Step 6

do opposite sides and trim before adding second sides...NOTE that the first strip will be narrower .This will match up after you sew on remaining sides.

Step 7
Now trim final corners,lining ruler on edge of octagon again,,,mine trim off at 4 inches

Step 8
You are ready to quilt....do not do anymore trimming until quilted,,,then line ruler up along egde of octagon again and trim all sides to 3 1/2 You are done and ready to bind.

These are my measurements,,,you may make wider or more strips as desired. Enjoy!!

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9/19/2010 12:34:26 PM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
Thank you
9/19/2010 1:54:25 PM
vivian1970 Send a Message
SW Ohio
Caroline, You do such a great job on these. I love looking at all of them. I printed this out to put in my pattern stash. Thanks

9/19/2010 1:59:12 PM
busylady Send a Message
Thanks Caroline from Missouri for sharing how you are making all of the wonderful table toppers. I am going to have to try to make one. I have save the pattern now. It sure was kind of you to share.
9/19/2010 3:15:35 PM
You're welcome!
9/19/2010 3:27:10 PM
Joannequilts Send a Message
Caroline, thank you so much for this tutorial!! You are a sweetie!!

9/20/2010 5:49:27 AM
Caroline, I love your tutorials, they are always so clear and understandable. I can see it now the beginning of a new career! Quilting Tutorials By Caroline, sounds like a money maker to me :-)

9/20/2010 6:48:12 AM
DouceFleur1 Send a Message
Caroline, thank you for your tutorial. :-)
9/20/2010 7:38:06 AM
Oasis Send a Message
West Coast
Thanks Caroline......I'm going to get a binder so I can keep all your TUTES in one place.

9/20/2010 8:21:49 AM
Lodad Send a Message
Thank You very much. I will be looking forward to making a few. I would like the pattern for the Octagon. Thanks for sharing.
Lowell ;)
9/20/2010 8:42:35 AM
Becca Send a Message
Mtns of NC
Caroline YOu are so kind to do this knowing your health is not good.May God bless you as you bless others.You do such wonderful work.
9/20/2010 11:20:54 AM
nur5e Send a Message
st louis MO
how big is the center octagon? marcia (nur5e)
9/20/2010 6:20:57 PM
cathy143 Send a Message
Augusta, GA

I would like a copy of your octogon pattern if you don''''t mind. If you will email me your address I will send you an envelope.
10/23/2010 6:53:16 PM
Suzyscissors Send a Message
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have finished 3 and have 3 more cut - these will make wonderful gifts - I love making table toppers and love this new shape.
10/29/2010 3:53:35 PM
sharonkl Send a Message
Caroline thanks for the tute on the candle mats and how to make an octagon!
10/30/2010 10:36:13 AM
toekeyotow Send a Message
Indiana Joan
Oh Caroline....Thanks so much for sharing the pattern, with everyone. This will make a very nice and quick last minute gifts for the holidays. What a lifesaver. Many thanks to you. Joan
11/18/2010 2:50:28 PM
Cathy32078 Send a Message
Okla. 4 now
Thank You so much for taking the time to do this tutorial Caroline. It was very kind & sweet of you. I love your directions because you do make them so easy to understand. You have a genuine knack for that! Thanks again.
12/3/2010 3:23:00 PM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
Carolyn, I have looked at your pattern and tutorial and I have decided the only way you could make it easier for me is if you were to actually make it. I truly appreciate you sharing your talent with us.

Jo Ann
12/5/2010 12:54:46 PM
That is so neat!! How big do u make the octagon? Thank u !!!
2/13/2011 6:56:54 PM
Caroline, if I send u a envelope would u send me the directions and the shape? ty
2/13/2011 7:01:43 PM
If you scroll down farther in this section there is a tute on how to cut the octagon
3/5/2011 2:04:23 AM
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