Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Bellflower Vase-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter

Our holiday gift to you is a new pattern, the Bellflower Vase. It is an advance pattern since both concave and convex curves create the shape, but like all our other patterns in our book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories, is constructed following the same methods.

Supplies needed: 

In addition to using some of the templates from Contain It! to make this vase, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and constructing container. Here is the basic outline of the steps, but be sure to also read the instructions for the tall flared vase for additional information.


1.Gather the supplies listed above and review the basic container instructions in Contain It! starting on page 9. 

2. Make your templates and cut the following pieces. As always, be sure to label everything!

  • Template #5 - Inner Base - Cut 1 Stabilizer Piece

                                                       Cut 1 Fabric Piece

  • Template #78 - Outer Base - Cut 1 Stabilizer Pece

                                                         Cut 1 Fabric

3. Using Templates 134 and 135 that you printed, create your template and cut the following pieces. Remember to use the 2" square printed on Templates to ensure it printed correctly.

                                                           Cut 4 Fabric Pieces

                                                            Cut 4 Fabric Pieces

4. Follow the directions for tall flared vase. Remember that all of the 3-D containers are constructed in the same way with these basic steps:
  • Make the templates
  • Cut the stabilizer pieces
  • Cut the fabric pieces
  • Fuse the fabric and stabilizer pieces together
  • Assemble the Octopus

  • Sew the Octopus (hand or machine-see pages 13-15)
  • Complete the container with the outside base

Review the detailed directions on pages 9-16 with any questions.

5. Decide what you'll do with your new beautiful vase! Keep it for yourself? Or give it as a hostess gift?

Either way, be sure to post your pictures on the Prairie Sewn Studios Facebook Page or email them to us at

Countdown to Christmas

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this beautiful vase pattern Laura and Linda! Have a very Merry Christmas to you both!!!