Make a window hanging that looks like stained glass with the modern pojagi patchwork technique.
This modern technique has thousands of years of history. Pojagi is a traditional Korean sewing method that was used to make wrapping cloths and other personal and household items. Traditional hand-sewing methods have been adapted to sewing by machine using modern fabrics that are more easily available in the west. If you’d like to hand stitch your pojagi, follow the same directions below, but stitch by hand instead of using a sewing machine.
Batik fabric is the perfect option for modern pojagi curtains and window hangings because the natural luminosity in the fabric glows like stained glass in the sunlight. Also it is reversible, easy to find, and comes in any colour you could want. You can also use organza, handkerchief linen or other lightweight cottons to make pojagi curtains.
The patchwork is reversible and seams are totally finished on both sides. There is no backing, and the technique encloses all raw edges.
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It is a perfect option anytime you want patchwork without the weight of a quilt. Besides window hangings, it is also great for table linens and wearables.
Have fun playing with this technique and creating your own stained glass pieces.
For more information and patterns that use this technique, check out epidastudio.com
About the author: Elizabeth DeCroos had the opportunity to learn traditional pojagi when she lived in Korea. When she returned to Canada, she adapted the technique for sewing machine and fabrics more readily available in the west. She is a designer, teacher and speaker based out of her home studio in Ontario, Canada.
Learn more about Elizabeth DeCroos and her work with her interview on Create Whimsy.