I made something for Mother's Day for my Mother-in-Law and I think I can post it because I'm sure she doesn't read this anyway :).
I was searching for a fun and quick block to do with minimal fabric choices. I was glad when I found the Bento Box Block because it only used 2 fabrics of contrasting colours/patterns. I watched the tutorial from Fons & Porter and they make it really easy to follow. (YouTube Tutorial)
I had minimal fabric to work with so I decreased the size of my pieces (requiring a little bit of math) but I'm glad with how it turned out!
*UPDATE (August 29/15): My mother-in-law loves it and she has requested another one for Christmas!*
Materials for MY (Smaller) Bento Box Table Runner:
Fabric A: 1 fat quarter dark fabric
Fabric B: 1 fat quarter light fabric
Batting: thick batting or thermal batting for the center
Cutting for both fabrics will be the same. What you cut for Fabric A, do the same for Fabric B.
Seam allowances for this project are 0.25"
FQ - Fat Quarter
RST - Right Sides Together
I hope this is clear. It's hard to explain but if you watch the Fons & Porter video, it'll help.
- Fabric A:
- Step 1: Cut Fabric into five 2" strips (cut off the shorter side of the FQ). Your strips should be 2" x 18". You should have a larger piece left over.
- Step 2: Cut All your strips into the following pieces:
- Pieces (1) two 2" x 2";
- Pieces (2) two 2" x 3.5";
- Pieces (3) one 2" x 5".
- Fabric B:
- Repeat Above Cutting Steps
- Step 1: Take a Piece (1) of Fabric A (dark) and a Piece (1) of Fabric B (light), place RST and sew.
- Step 2: Take a Piece (2) of Fabric A (dark), place RST and sew.
- Step 3: Take a Piece (2) of Fabric B (light), place RST along the top edge and sew (see photos Below)
- Step 4: Take a Piece (3) of Fabric B (light), place right sides together along the right edge and sew (see photo below).
- Repeat steps 1 through 4 using the opposite colours to make the inverted blocks.
- You will end up with 10 blocks of both dark-light-dark and light-dark-light (20 blocks total).
- Take 2 of each block and arrange them into the larger block below. You will alternate having the colours be opposites of each other.
- Sew the 2 top blocks together.
- Sew the 2 bottom blocks together.
- Sew the 2 top and the 2 bottom blocks together.
- Continue to sew the blocks together in the same manner. ** Be sure to place them in the same order. For example: If you have a light on the top left, it should be on the top left for all 5 of the larger blocks. ** You will get 5 blocks total.
- Sew the blocks into a line of 5 blocks.
- I used the rest of my fabric and made the backing. I put the lighter piece in the middle and cut the darker piece in half and put one on each side of the lighter fabric. This just makes sure you have an even backing pattern.
- Add a thick batting in the middle and quilt as desired.
- I machine bind my quilts. I use this tutorial by Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. It is very easy to follow.
- I attempted to do a stitch that mirrored the swirl pattern on the fabric but it didn't turn out as well as I would have liked so I changed it to a blanket stitch.
Finished Table Runner