How To Fussy Cut Your Way To A Dresden Kaleidescope

Use A Dresden Kaleidescope For Awesome

Fussy cut pieces over and over from your favorite fabric and make a dresden kaleidescope! A perfect way to capture a repeat in prints and manipulate the fabric to totally create your own design. Even the most simple print can be artistically re-invented.


Capture repeats by placing a transparent plastic Dresden template over a part of the fabric that you love most. Trace the fabric pattern onto the dresden template. Then find the next piece of the same fabric match the template to the same part of the print to get exact repeats of the fabric.

Rhonda uses 10 blades for her Kaleidescope Dresdens. While this technique will work with more blades ten allow more of the print to show. As a result the pattern has more impact. Kaleidescope dresden plates make stunning table toppers, hot pads, mug rugs, placemats and tote bags, even throw pillows. With each Kaleidescope created, no two are quite the same, making each one very special!

This Kaleidescope makes a pretty hot pad.

dresden kaleidescope used for quilted hot pad pattern


dresden kaleidescope quilted hot pad


More designs…


dresden kaleidescope ideas

Clever use of fabric enhances the scallop of the blades.

dresden kaleidescope edges appear scalloped

Start by choosing which part of the fabric you would like to fussy cut. Place the see through template over the print.

how to fussy cut for dresden kaleidescope pattern

Trace the print so that you can match it up exactly to the next piece.Use template plastic to make your own plastic template from the download below. Use transparent plastic from old flip chart files or similar also work quite well.

use see through template plastic to fussy cut fabric for dresden kaleidescope

Have a template ready to match the next section of the fabric.

trace fabric print for repeat fussy cuts

Find the exact match piece on the fabric.

how to fussy cut for repeat dresden kaleidescope blades


Sew the blades together.

repeat butterfly fussy cuts dresden kaleidescope

If you’re using 10 blades sew five together first, trim the line straight if necessary. Then sew the next five blades together. Now you have two halves. Sew the two halves together to form the dresden plate.

four fussy cut blades for dresden kaleidescope


This strawberries Dresden kaleidescope is just lovely!

dresden kaleidescope strawberries fabric

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Here is a free pattern for a Dresden Placemat to get started right away. This pattern uses 20 blades and can easily be adjusted to less blades to suit your fabric.


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