Easy Prairie Points

by Kris Driessen

Prairie Points are little triangle tabs of fabric that can be inserted into seams for a three dimensional effect, or used as a binding as an edging accent. They are made of squares of fabric, folded into triangles and either nested or overlapped. They can be made individually or as a strip.

There are several methods of making individual prairie points.

Method One

Start with a square and fold it on the diagonal wrong sides together.

This will put all four raw edges at the bottom of the triangle. There will be an opening on one side of the triangle so you can easily insert the next prairie point and create a line of nested points.

For an easy two-color prairie point, start with a half square triangle block.

Method Two

Start with a square and fold it wrong sides together into a rectangle.

Fold the two corners of the rectangle in until the meet in the middle, creating a triangle with the opening in the front. These prairie points will have to be sewn next to each other or slightly overlapped.

Question: what would happen if you used a half square triangle block to make prairie points with this method?

Method Three

Cut a strip 5" X 10" and mark the center lengthwise. On one side mark off every 2 1/2" and on the opposing side starting in the center of the first square, mark off every 2 1/2". Cut away the end rectangles and then cut to the center on the marked lines.

Treat these squares as if they were individual prairie points. Fold them using either Method One or Method Two, above.