Merry Meet All,
This weekend I made an elemental altar cloth. I have wanted to make one for a long time. I am proud of it. It turned out beautifully.
It is not difficult to do. Once you figure out the size, whether it be circular, oval or square, you divide the quarters up into four sections. For mine, earth was green, air was yellow, south was fire, and water was blue. The picture above shows the quarter sections. The prints on the material portray the individual quarters.
Now, the trick with sewing an altar cloth of the elements, is that you have to keep in mind that the quarters need to match. When you sew on the wrong side facing up, arrange everything where it needs to be before sewing. I stitched the air and water quarters the wrong way three times before putting the quarters in correctly. When you sew them together, prearrange it the right way to save the pain of seam ripping for three hours. Once that is done, sew it all together. You then have the option of binding with ribbons or bias tape, and lining your altar cloth. The choices are up to you. I added a blue embroidered pentacle in the center of the cloth. Be sure to make the quarters attach neatly in the center of the altar cloth.
When you are done, you can wash the altar cloth or just put it on your altar. There is more helpful information on about.com. Enjoy!