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"String Block Steering Wheel Cover"
the Tutorial

Fits most standard size 15" - 17" steering wheels.

CAUTION: NOT TO BE USED WHILE DRIVING
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Supplies:

** 10 - 12 fabrics cut into various lengths & widths (I've cut mine anywhere from 12-18" long by 1-3 1/2" wide) ** 1 piece of 1/4" wide elastic cut 28" long ** 4 - 9" x 9" pieces of muslin ** 1 piece of 52" x 5" fabric (Or 1 piece cut 41 1/2" x 5" sewn together with 1 piece cut 10 1/2" x 5")

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**NOTE: All seams are to be sewn at 1/4".

Making String Blocks
There are a lot of good tutorials out on the web on how to make String Blocks using various techniques. Here are a few simple steps on how to make these blocks using a muslin foundation backing and then into a cute steering wheel cover.

STEP 1: Pick your center strip and lay it diagonally across one of your 9" x 9" muslin blocks making sure it overhangs on each end.

STEP 2: Pick your next strip and lay it right sides together on top of your center strip, matching the raw edges, as shown in this picture. Always make sure it overhangs the muslin block on each end. The overhanging parts will be trimmed off later.

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STEP 3: Sew 1/4" through both strips as shown here.

STEP 4: Press open towards the strip you just attached.

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STEP 5: Select another strip and lay it over the strip you just attached in the same manner as you did in Step 2. Sew through all layers using a 1/4" seam.

I folded back the zebra stripe fabric just so you could see the placement of it over the pink paisley.

Continue this step until you have sewn fabric strips to cover one entire side of the muslin.

Then flip your muslin foundation block around and repeat steps 2-5 until the entire block is covered with strips of fabrics or STRINGS.

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STEP 6: Flip your foundation block over and trim off excess strings squaring it back up with the original muslin block. You may have to trim some of the muslin piece too to get it back perfectly square.

Mine are squared up to about 8 3/4" x 8 3/4". The muslin tends to stretch a bit when sewing on the strings so I always cut my foundation pieces a bit larger to compensate for this.

Repeat STEPS 1-6 to make 3 more blocks.

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STEP 7: Choose an eye-catching layout. I chose the X pattern because it maximizes the use of all strings in each block.

As you can see, by placing them in a diamond pattern, you lose some of those yummy fabrics in each corner.

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STEP 8: After you've selected a pleasing layout, flip the top block on the right over the one on the left, right sides together, and sew together down the right side using a 1/4" seam. Press open towards the block that was on the top.

I forgot to flip mine back to the X layout before taking these pictures, but no worries. Once I sewed each of my 2 block sets together, I just took the bottom set and placed it over the top set to make the X layout.

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STEP 9: Butting up the seam allowances, sew each of the 2 unit blocks together to create one 4 block unit.

Press open towards the top block sections.

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STEP 10: Using the attached template (separate .jpeg file), lay it over each block, butting it up against the seam allowance on each side, and mark 1/4" away for seam allowance. This will be your cutting line. The template DOES NOT include seam allowance. Repeat this process in each of the 3 remaining blocks.

STEP 11: Cut along your drawn line to reveal your circle string block steering wheel cover center. Your circle should be about 16 1/2" round.

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STEP 12: Sew your two casing pieces of fabric together along each of the 5" sides right sides together creating one long circular piece. Once all ends are sewn together, your finished piece should be a 51" circle.

STEP 13: On one side of your circular piece, turn up a hem 1/4" 2 times and press into place. Once sewn closed, this will create the casing for your elastic that will hold the steering wheel cover in place. NOTE: If your fabric has a directional print, make sure you are turning up the bottom side of the fabric.
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STEP 14: Stitch just to the right of the top fold on the casing piece leaving a 1/2" to 1" opening. This is where you will insert your elastic later.

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STEP 15: Pin the casing piece to the cover center piece right sides together. I like to pin with the cover center on top and the casing piece on the bottom, but you do whatever is comfortable to you.

STEP 16: Sew 1/4" around the entire cover center attaching the casing piece. You may want to serge or zig zag the seam allowances here to prevent fraying. My serger is under the weather right now so I'll go back and do that later.

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STEP 17: Using a safety pin attached to one end of your elastic, thread it through the casing opening. Safety pin down the other end so it doesn't slip through.

STEP 18: Once you've threaded the elastic all the way around, layer each end on top of one other and stitch together. For picture purposes only, I've pulled the top piece over in the picture to show you the bottom elastic, but you will line them on top of one another and stitch through both to secure.

STEP 19: Stitch closed the 1/2" - 1" opening where you inserted your elastic. Ease elastic evenly throughout the casing.

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STEP 20: Attach to any steering wheel and ENJOY!!

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