Monday, 28 September 2009

Tutorial on how to do Scallops

Quite a few have asked how do I make scallops. Well I finally got my act together and did this tutorial for you.

They really are very easy to do and are very effective on Table runners and quilts.

First of all you work out how many scallops will fit around the quilt or table runner. To do this you need to measure the outside area. Then halve that, then quarter it and keep doing this until you have the size of the scallop you want. This will give you an correct measured amount of scallops.

Then find something to trace around to give you the size of half circle you want. First of all draw a straight line along the length of paper. Then draw around to get your half circles.


Measure 1/4 inch from the first straight line and rule another one below this (this is the cutting line). Measure 1/4 above the half circles and draw in the second set of half circles (this is the cutting line).

Trace this onto cardboard.

Place the cardboard template along the edge of the fabric (on wrong side) with straight edges together.


Trace around the half circles with a HB lead pencil or your choice of quilting pencil. Keep moving the template along until you get the right amount of scallops you want.


Cut above the half circles but in a straight line the full length of your traced scallops. Cut another piece of fabric the same length and width. You should have two lengths now but you only need to trace onto the one.


Pin together with right sides facing.


Sew along the inner circle carefully, and trim the top above the half circles.


Carefully clip into the points making sure you don't clip the stitching.


Then turn it out to the right way and finger press to bring the points as flat as you can.


You will have to give it a gentle push and pull to bring the points flat. Then gently press with an iron and trim the straight edge to a 1/4 inch from the points and sew onto your Quilt edge or Table runner or what ever takes your fancy.

Hope this has helped and made it easier for you to have a go at doing these. I love doing them!

hugs to all……Vicki


  1. Gee, I might be able to do that - thanks Vicki! Good tutorial! You took the scary out, lol!

  2. What a great tutorial, thanks heaps.


  3. That's great! Thank you so much. It looks quite easy so I really should give it a try!!

  4. I LOVE this! You are such a doll to do up a tutorial for it! I have a table runner in mind to make for Christmas and this will be the perfect finish for it! Thank you!

  5. Hi Vicki,
    Thanks for the tutorial on scallap edges.
    So much easier when you've been shown. You make it look so easy,I may even try it some day soon.

  6. thank you..i'll try that..