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Pojagi is a historic Korean art form of patchwork in both form and function. The International Quilt Study Center &; Museum says:

“Patchwork pojagi, called chogak po, had many uses. They served to cover, wrap, store, and carry objects in the common person’;s activities of daily life. They were used as tableclothsaccent pillow case baby burlap housewares, to deliver a marriage proposal, to carry possessions on a journey, and to adorn and protect sacred writings… Wrapping a gift in a specially made pojagi communicated respect for the object and good will toward the recipient. Each patch and stitch added by the maker was like a prayer of good will that would enfold and carry the gift.”

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Besides the piecing being beautiful, I love the sentiment behind these wrappings. One of the reasons textiles are so beloved to me is because they’re aesthetically pleasing but are still utilitarian; they’re pretty things that serve a purpose besides just being pretty.

Traditionally pojagi piecing is done improvisationally with a type of hand-sewn flat felled seam. Because all the raw edges of this piecing are enclosed and finished, the finished project doesn’t have a definite “right” or “wrong” side. Unfortunately, hand stitching all those seams can be very tedious. To speed up this process, and give our seams a little more strength, let’s take it to the machine!

The best part about pojagi piecing is that it’s improv! Start by grabbing two pieces of linen and line up their raw edges to be offset by ?”;. Pin in place.

Finger press the raw edge of the bottom piece over the edge of the top.

Start by moving your needle position over to the left, to -4.

Place these pieces under your presser foot, lining the edge of the top piece up to the inside of the toe of the Lap seam foot #71. Take 2-4 stitches.

With the needle down, engage hover or use your free-hand system to slightly raise your presser foot, about 3-4mm. Take the raw edge of the bottom layer and bring it up, folding it over the guide and feeding it through the #71 foot.

Continue stitching the rest of the seam.

Press your folded seam allowance over to cover?the raw edge.

In?the same method?as the first seam, place your piece under the #71 foot and take a couple stitches.

Using hover or your free-hand system to raise the presser foot slightly with the needle down and pull the folded edge up and into the #71 foot. Continue sewing the rest of the seam. Use angled tweezers to help keep your stitching straight as you sew through bulky folds.

Trim the edges perpendicular to the seam you just sewed. This doesn’;t need to create a 90 degree angle, just a straight edge.

From here on out, we’ll just repeat this process. Take a new piece of fabric and line it up with the piece you just sewed, again offset by ?”;. Be sure that the already seamed piece lays on top and isn’t the piece folding over—that seam is too bulky to fold over and feed through the foot.

Pin in place and finger press the seam allowance over the raw edge.

Again, stitch the two pieces together, feeding over the guide on the #71 foot.

Press over the raw edge and stitch again using the #71 foot guides. Overlapping seams can get bulky—use your BERNINA angled tweezers or an awl to help keep things neat.

Keep repeating this system until your piece is your desired size. You can use a log cabin pattern or work on smaller sections and join them together—the joy of improv piecing is there’s no right or wrong way!

Once you’ve decided your pojagi piece is large enough, you’ll need to finish the edge. Fold the raw edge over ?”; and press. Fold over again and press again. Use your #71 foot to stitch this down the same way the previous seams were sewn.

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