To make a Magic 8, first determine what size finished half-square triangles are desired.
- Let’s say you want to make 3” finished half-square triangles.
- Add to your 3” measurement, 7/8”. (Your total is now 3-7/8”)
- Multiply your total of 3-7/8” by 2. (That equals 7-3/4”)
- 7-3/4” squares are the size needed to make your 3” finished half-square triangles.
Determine your 2 fabrics, mine are lime green and white
With right sides together, draw two diagonal lines corner to corner.
Stitch a quarter inch of either side of both drawn lines.
Carefully cut apart with out shifting the stitched fabric square.
There will be four cuts:
Cut down the centre vertically, horizontally and then diagonally on each line you drew earlier
Use a rotary cutter and ruler to make sure you are accurate
Separate all 8 units and you will see you have 8- 1/2 square triangle units made like magic!
Press towards the dark fabric and sew together like the below graphic and use pins to match points (recommended)
Press connecting seams open to avoid bulking up the centre seam (recommended)
Admire your efforts- I think this is the easiest way to make 1/2 square triangles!
It would make a great summer quilt, don't you think?
Send us pictures to share if you do!